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One Pot Quinoa, Chicken and Broccoli is a flavourful healthy quinoa pilaf recipe ready in 30 minutes. Even quinoa cooks in the same pot. | ifoodreal.com

In Ukraine we have this dish, “plov”, made with chicken or lamb, rice and lots of spices. Basically a loaded pilaf. My dad made a wicked one with probably 1/2 cup of good quality olive oil and various parts of chicken. My sister in law makes a legendary one with lamb because her husband is from southwestern part of former USSR that is close to Iran and Pakistan where people love their spices.

So, I made a similar one pot quinoa chicken with broccoli that is ready in under 30 minutes.

One Pot Quinoa, Chicken and Broccoli is a flavourful healthy quinoa pilaf recipe ready in 30 minutes. Even quinoa cooks in the same pot. | ifoodreal.com

I will have to be short and sweet today because my daycare is on vacation and I need to try to hit “the perfect mom” as close as possible.

I get chicken from a local farmer which is healthier in so many ways than factory farmed animals. A few months ago I saw a big food blog sharing kinda “You won’t believe what is in your sink after washing raw chicken” video and neon blue light picture. I also will never forget how at one of the dinners someone publicly accused me of touching half cooked chicken (while cooking on a raclette) not with a clean fork saying “What, do you wanna kill us all?!” and then she proceeded taking Tylenol 3 with a bottle of beer. It amazes me how people are scared of real food but not of chemicals! I have been handling farmer’s chicken for years and no one got sick. Bottom line is buy local farmer’s chicken, wash hands and sink with soap and you will be fine. And if you touch cooking chicken with the fork you touched raw chicken chances are by the time chicken cooks it will be fine too.:)

One Pot Quinoa, Chicken and Broccoli is a flavourful healthy quinoa pilaf recipe ready in 30 minutes. Even quinoa cooks in the same pot. | ifoodreal.com

Braise chicken with spices until golden brown but it doesn’t have to be cooked through.

One Pot Quinoa, Chicken and Broccoli is a flavourful healthy quinoa pilaf recipe ready in 30 minutes. Even quinoa cooks in the same pot. | ifoodreal.com

Do not throw out these brown bits and do not wash the pot. They contain a lot of flavour. I also would save any water you have to drain to get chicken browned and add along with quinoa.

One Pot Quinoa, Chicken and Broccoli is a flavourful healthy quinoa pilaf recipe ready in 30 minutes. Even quinoa cooks in the same pot. | ifoodreal.com

Almost no Ukrainian savoury dish is made without onions, garlic and carrots. I’m sure you know that by now.:)

One Pot Quinoa, Chicken and Broccoli is a flavourful healthy quinoa pilaf recipe ready in 30 minutes. Even quinoa cooks in the same pot. | ifoodreal.com

Then mix all ingredients in one pot and cook for 20 minutes. I link spices in the recipe to organic spices on purpose because you will be shocked if you read the labels of most spices, how many preservatives are in there. Simple spices like smoked paprika have 2 on average. I also use only himalayan pink or celtic salt because they contain nutrients and vitamins. Table salt is extracted from under the ground which I have no appreciation for. Yes, quality salt costs more but don’t we save by not buying soft drinks and processed foods?!

One Pot Quinoa, Chicken and Broccoli is a flavourful healthy quinoa pilaf recipe ready in 30 minutes. Even quinoa cooks in the same pot. | ifoodreal.com

Broccoli goes in one pot quinoa last because we don’t want them to be mushy but rather crunchy.

One Pot Quinoa, Chicken and Broccoli is a flavourful healthy quinoa pilaf recipe ready in 30 minutes. Even quinoa cooks in the same pot. | ifoodreal.com

And then you can sprinkle your one pot chicken quinoa with Parmesan cheese and broil. That is what food bloggers do.:)

Enjoy!

One Pot Chicken and Broccoli Quinoa

One Pot Chicken and Broccoli Quinoa

Ingredients

    Chicken:
  • 2 lbs boneless & skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1” pieces
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin*
  • 1/2 tsp cumin, ground
  • 1/2 tsp all spice (optional but good)
  • 1/2 tsp himalayan pink salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • Quinoa:
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 1 tsp olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, uncooked
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 3/4 tsp himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin, ground
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 lb broccoli, chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat large deep skillet or a dutch oven on medium-high heat. Add Chicken ingredients and saute for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain liquid if necessary and cook until golden brown sides appear. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Add olive oil, onions, garlic, carrot and cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add pre-cooked chicken, quinoa, water, remaining salt and cumin, and bay leaves; stir. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 20 minutes.
  3. Now it's time to add broccoli. At this point quinoa should be cooked al dente. Add broccoli, stir, cover and cook for 5 more minutes. Serve hot.
  4. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Notes

*I particularly love the taste of olive oil in this dish but any oil works.

http://ifoodreal.com/one-pot-quinoa-chicken/

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving = 1.5 cups:
Calories: 409.1
Total Fat: 9.1 g
Cholesterol: 73.3 mg
Sodium: 609.7 mg
Total Carbs: 38.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 6.3 g
Protein: 43.3 g
WW Points+: 10

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16 Comments

  1. Barbara Impson

    would like to know what kind of pot you are using to cook this recipe in…looks like there would be no minerals affecting the food.

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    • Olena

      Hi Barbara. It is a cast iron pot enamelled inside. Similar to the Lodge one I linked in my recipe. It is called dutch oven.

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  2. Melissa

    I made this last week, but threw in some artichokes that had been sitting in the fridge that I didn’t want to waste. My husband and I loved it – took it for left overs to work the next day and it was even better – one of my twins loved it, the other’s response when I asked how he liked it was “meh” so that’s better than his normal reaction. Thanks once again Olena!

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      • Melissa

        Olena I have to tell you this story I think you will appreciate it. My husband is new to eating clean….or just healthy real food in general…. I have been introducing him to things like quinoa, different vegetables, hemp slowly over the years. He used to say everything “taste like sticks” but this would be before he even ate it, he would see me prepare things unfamiliar and because they were healthy assume it would taste bad. I also have to say he cant cook – not because he can’t because he has proven he can follow a recipe in the past, but because it doesn’t come natural to him and he doesn’t enjoy it. Last night I came home and didn’t feel like cooking, he said “whats that healthy clean recipe site you use?” I said Ifoodreal…… he pulled this recipe up (which as stated before I have made) and cooked it…. all….by…..himself. And it was delicious! He never does this… I am so impressed.

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        • Olena

          So you want to say my recipes are simple enough for even the most hopeless cooks?!:) I always said that too LOL. Maybe this is the beginning of him cooking?:) I should show this comment to my husband because he barely cooks. He can do it but he doesn’t. Glad you enjoyed dinner made not by you. Those usually taste best.:)

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  3. Dacia

    I just made this, and love it!!! Thank you for sharing. The only thing I noticed is that the recipe itself doesn’t have bay leaves on the list, but they are in the instructions. So, I just added two!

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  4. Catherine

    Hi Olena! I’m wanting to make this dish tonight, but I don’t have quinoa; is it possible to use rice instead?

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    • Olena

      Hi Catherine. Yes, you can. You cooking time will increase by about 20 minutes. The rice might (!) burn at the bottom a bit but that is OK. Unless you add a ton of oil which I wouldn’t. Let me know how that worked out.:)

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  5. Nicole

    Could you use stock instead of water? Just thought it might add another depth of flavor

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  6. Jenna

    I’ve made many of your dishes before, and this is yet another one I had to try! And, of course, it is delicious! I am enjoying it as I type this. Thank you for your amazing recipes, and I look forward to trying even more!

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  7. Jac

    When your ridiculously picky eater asks for seconds, you know you’ve found a winner! Thank you for a great recipe. We are working on switching our eating habits to be a healthier family and this will definitely be a regular on the dinner table. I am looking forward to trying other recipes you’ve posted.

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    • Olena

      Awe, Jac. I have seen a fair amount of picky eaters (my kids’ friends) in my life, so I know how hard it is to feed them (I would go nuts if I had them as my kids that is why I do not have picky eaters). Good for you! I will be posting a post about how to make your kids eat clean within next few weeks. Come back.:)

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