Just before I got sick and started this diet, I had a craving for something gooey and BBQ saucy. My answer was to throw together a bowl of BBQ Chicken Quinoa. I must say, it really hit the spot. This is one of the healthier comfort foods I can think of—bonus!
Here’s how I made it, with approximate measurements. I’m all about cooking to taste/using what’s on hand, so eyeball and taste as you go. 🙂 It’s not an exact science.
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 can (12.5oz) cooked chicken, packed in water or broth
1/2 red bell pepper diced
1/4 white onion diced
1/2 can black beans
2-3 tbsp BBQ sauce
1-2 tbsp greek yogurt (or crème fraiche)
Additionally, as to your taste:
squeeze fresh lemon
smoked sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
chopped fresh cilantro
Drain chicken broth/water from can into a measuring cup. Add additional water to reach specified liquid measurement, according to package directions, and proceed to cook the quinoa.
Once the quinoa is cooked, combine the remaining ingredients into the pot and stir to combine. Use less BBQ sauce and yogurt for a dryer texture.
The lemon juice, salt, pepper, and cilantro can be catered to your preference. Add more as you see fit. Garnish with a sprig of cilantro or dollop of yogurt, if you’d like. Time to enjoy!