One-Pot Quinoa & Chicken Salad

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Ingredients Minutes Calories
Prep Cook Servings
15 min 25 min 4
One-Pot Quinoa & Chicken Salad
Health Highlights
This quinoa & chicken salad is hearty, filling and is made in only one pot!


3 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
4 stalk(s) Green onion (thinly sliced, separating the white and green parts)
1 cup Quinoa, uncooked (rinsed)
1 breast Chicken breast, boneless, skinless (halved)
1 tsp Lemon peel (zest)
1 1/3 cup Water
454 gm Asparagus (trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces)
1/2 cup Frozen green peas (or fresh)
1 tbsp Lemon juice
2 tbsp Parsley, Italian, fresh (chopped)
1 pinch Coarse salt
1 dash Black pepper


  1. Prepare your vegetables according to the ingredient list.
  2. Heat a medium saucepan (with a lid) on your stovetop over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and let warm for about 30 seconds. Add your green onion whites. Soften them by stirring constantly and cooking for about 3 minutes.
  3. Add your quinoa, chicken, lemon zest, and water. Bring everything to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cover your saucepan with a tight-fitting lid and cook everything down for about 11 minutes.
  4. Once your quinoa has cooked for 11 minutes, add asparagus and peas. Cover your saucepan again with a tight-fitting lid and cook until all liquid is absorbed and vegetables are tender (about 4 to 5 minutes more).
  5. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and let stand for 10 minutes. Shred chicken and fluff quinoa.
  6. Add the lemon juice and parsley, season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with leftover green onion greens, and drizzle with oil if desired. 


Quick Tips:

  • Large batch this dish and cook extras, store in a tightly sealed container in your fridge for 2-3 days and use as a main dish, salad topper or side throughout the week.
  • To make vegetarian, replace chicken with another protein source, e.g. eggs, tofu, edamame, chickpeas, etc.
  • Feeling ambitious? Add in some roasted Brussels sprouts, zucchini, or your favorite greens!

Nutrition Facts

Per Portion

Calories 353
Calories from fat 133
Calories from saturated fat 19.8
Total Fat 14.7 g
Saturated Fat 2.2 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.8 g
Monounsaturated Fat 8.6 g
Cholesterol 43 mg
Sodium 98 mg
Potassium 748 mg
Total Carbohydrate 36 g
Dietary Fiber 6.7 g
Sugars 3.5 g
Protein 22.9 g

Dietary servings

Per Portion

Grain 2.1
Meat 0.6
Meat Alternative 0.2
Vegetables 2.2

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