Easy Quinoa Chicken Bake

What if I told you there’s a way to make one pack of chicken, with four ingredients (not counting chicken), in less than 30 minutes?

In an attempt to make a quick dinner, I came up with something that’s surprisingly delicious, and a bit of a splurge (nutritionally).  One of my favorite colleagues used to tell me about how cooking chicken with mayonnaise makes it extra juicy, after I would tell her my woes of simultaneously under-and-overcooking it.  So, as I was trying to scrounge up ingredients to make some last week, I remembered her tip, researched a few different recipes, and came up with my own take on the “mayo chicken bake.”  I really can’t believe I even made chicken with mayo, but there’s a first for everything, and this really did make the chicken taste great.  In fact, B ate this up right away.  Let me know how you like it!

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EASY QUINOA CHICKEN BAKE

What you’ll need

  • 1 pack of chicken breasts (2 breasts)
  • 1/4 cup oil-based mayonnaise (we like this one)
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or finely chopped
  • Quinoa flakes
  • Olive oil or cooking spray to grease baking dish

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Rinse chicken and cut tenders from each breast.  Then, slice each breast through the middle so you have two pieces that look the same, just thinner.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, mix the mayonnaise, garlic, and paprika.
  4. In a greased baking dish, place chicken breasts to make one layer.  Spoon mayonnaise mixture on top of each piece of chicken so that it coats the top. (I had some leftover)
  5. Sprinkle quinoa flakes generously on top of chicken to form a crust.  (If there’s no sauce where the flakes are, it won’t cook as nicely).
  6. Bake in oven for 20 minutes.
  7. Enjoy immediately or store in refrigerator for later.

 

Notes

  • This chicken tastes better when eaten immediately.  Microwaving to reheat it, dries out the chicken.  I’ve been reheating it on half power, but it’s still not as good as when it’s eaten right away.
  • Bread crumbs or panko instead of the quinoa flakes would probably work great too.
  • A traditional mayo would probably also work here as well.

 

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