Thursday, February 19, 2015

Leftover Chicken? Make this Quinoa Salad w/ Ina's Roasted Broccoli

So here's the story.

I made that easy roasted chicken thigh recipe, you know the one, with the maple syrup vinegar glaze.

I had 4 leftover boneless, skinless cooked thighs.
What to make? I'm tired of fried rice.

I saw Adam's recipe for leftover chicken with quinoa and roasted broccoli and he raved about it, said it was so good, he wants it all the time.

That's a rave.

So I made it too.

I also made Ina's delicious roasted broccoli recipe (which I never had made before), omitting the pine nuts and cheese.

This took leftover chicken to new heights!

Husband raved and I loved having yet another leftover day with quinoa salad for lunch!

The crispy bits of garlic in the roasted broccoli are the best part here.

Quinoa w/ Leftover Chicken & Roasted Broccoli: (adapted from Amateur Gourmet)

1-2 cups of cooked quinoa
leftover roast chicken (I used 4 cooked chicken thighs)


2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp your favorite mustard (I used grainy Dijon)
2 garlic cloves, grated on a microplane zester
sea salt & pepper

Roasted Broccoli (adapted from Barefoot Contessa)

1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
olive oil
kosher salt
4 garlic cloves, cut into thick slices
2 tsp lemon zest
2 tbsp lemon juice

Cook the quinoa as per package directions.

I tried Ottolenghi's trick by drying out the quinoa (evaporates the moisture) on a baking sheet after cooking it.
Don't bother. I didn't notice any difference, it's just another pan for you to wash.

Roast the broccoli:

Lay out the florets and garlic on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and kosher salt.
Cook about 25 minutes at 425F until starting to brown and caramelize.

After removing the broccoli from the oven, add the lemon zest and juice to the pan.

Add the quinoa and the broccoli with the cooked chicken in a large bowl.

Pour the dressing over the bowl and taste for seasoning.

This was delish.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Looks good and good for you! I made my quinoa pilaf as per the Bon Appetit/America's Test Kitchen instructions. Came out WONDERFUL. SO SO fluffy, and flavorful with the fresh lemon juice & herbs. I did add tiny diced carrot & hot pepper. Yeah! I finally like quinoa! It was delicious served with some Indian dal on top.