My girlfriend and I were talking about food last night (surprise, surprise) and came to a helpful conclusion to the dilemma of the “eternal chicken”, our nickname for the endless appearance of this lean, easy-to-cook protein in our family meals. We decided that the issue wasn’t the chicken. After all, chicken is just about as blank of a canvas as you can find, taking on any flavor you’re craving. What’s actually missing from our chicken dinners is a variety of side dishes to keep every meal feeling like new.
So instead of the usual rice, potato or broccoli side to accompany my family’s next chicken dinner, I threw together a delicious quinoa salad with dried fruit, nuts and mint that I’m sure side will go over as well at your home as it did in mine. In the Aroma Test Kitchen we are always interested in your trials and victories in the kitchen, so if you have a side dish to share, please let us know to help us all resolve our “eternal chicken” dilemma!
1 cup quinoa
1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/2 cup almonds, chopped
1/4 cup raisins
1 shallot, diced
1/4 cup each cilantro, parsley, mint, chopped
1 tblsp grated orange zest
pinch of cumin
pinch of coriander
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup orange juice
2 oranges, sectioned
Cook quinoa using the White Rice function on your rice cooker. Refrigerate until cool. In a bowl, whisk together orange juice, shallot, herbs, zest, cumin and coriander. Whisk in oil and set aside.
In a bowl combine remaining ingredients and pour dressing over the salad. Toss to mix well. Serve alongside your favorite protein or eat as is.