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Grilled Chicken and Avocado Quinoa Pilaf

Grilled Chicken and Avocado Quinoa Pilaf


Total time:

45 min

Prep time:

10 min

Cook time:

35 min

Red quinoa pilaf combined with California Avocados, bell peppers, and grilled chicken makes for a satisfying and nutritious meal providing 100% of daily vitamin C needs and 56% DV protein.


Serving Size: 4

1 ripe, Fresh California Avocado, cut into chunks*
2 Tbsp. lemon juice, fresh or bottled
1/4 cup fresh basil
37/50 tsp. black pepper, ground, divided
2 chicken breasts, small, boneless and skinless (about 1 lb)
1 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
1/4 tsp. salt
1 red bell pepper, large
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 onion, medium, chopped
3 cups water
3 tsp. chicken bouillon, sodium-free
1 1/2 cups red quinoa, uncooked/dry

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  1. Heat grill.
  2. Peel and cut avocado into chunks; place in a medium bowl.
  3. Mix lemon juice, basil, and ½ tsp black pepper. Drizzle over avocado chunks, toss, and set aside.
  4. Cut chicken breasts in half crosswise. Mix ½ tbsp olive oil, salt, and remaining black pepper.
  5. Brush mixture on chicken and red bell pepper.
  6. Grill chicken and pepper until done. Set chicken breasts aside.
  7. Cut pepper into thin strips.
  8. While chicken and peppers are grilling, heat remaining olive oil in a large sauce pan, add garlic and onion, and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
  9. Add water, bouillon, and quinoa to pan; bring to boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is cooked (about 15-20 minutes).
  10. Place quinoa pilaf in a large bowl, add chicken, red peppers, and avocado. Toss gently.

Beverage Pairing: Serve with an 8 oz. glasss of non-fat milk and ½ orange, sliced.

*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Nutrition information per serving

Calories 460; Total Fat 16 g (Sat 2 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 1.6 g , Mono 7.5 g); Cholesterol 45 mg; Sodium 240 mg; Potassium 750 mg; Total Carbohydrates 54 g; Dietary Fiber 7 g; Total Sugars 3 g ;Protein 28 g; Vitamin A 1503 mcg; Vitamin C 60 mg; Calcium 60 mg; Iron 5 mg; Vitamin D 3 mcg; Folate 65 mcg

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 30%; Vitamin C 100%; Calcium 6%; Iron 30 %; Vitamin D 0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Recipe Tags

  • grilled chicken
  • protein
  • quinoa


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