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Chicken Fajita Quinoa

Familiar flavors take on a new life in this protein-rich dish. This recipe for Chicken Fajita Quinoa is perfect for dinners, lunches or whenever.

Chicken Fajita Quinoa recipe

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson. The opinions and text are all mine.

Last night, as my kids and I sat around our dinner table, something struck me: their summer vacation is nearly over. What felt like an endless stretch of summer camps, pool time, hikes and fun, is now winding down. They are chomping at the bit to start shopping for back to school, and ready to get back into the classroom.

I, on the other hand, avoided adding school open houses to our calendar until a few days ago. And I am still in denial that our spontaneous summer days will soon be replaced with homework, responsibility and structure. And then there’s the matter of bedtime …

Chicken Fajita Quinoa

But I am already thinking of quick, easy dinners that can also double as leftovers for school lunches. My kids love to pack leftovers for lunch a few times a week, so I love dishes like this Chicken Fajita Quinoa. It’s equally good served hot or cold, and is super easy to make.

Score one for the back-to-school-avoiding mama.

This dish is made with quick cooking quinoa (it’s ready in about 20 minutes!).

Rich in protein and fiber, quinoa is often considered a grain even though it’s really a seed. But regardless, it’s a delicious alternative to rice. In this recipe, it’s mixed with sauteed red onions, red peppers and tomatoes, and then tossed with lime juice and zest, giving it a fresh, citrusy flavor. Mixed with grilled chicken, this is an easy, fast and flavorful meal for dinner.

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To make this extra easy, I made it with Tyson® Grilled and Ready® Chicken Breast Strips which I picked up at Walmart

Tyson® Grilled and Ready® Chicken Breast Strips come fully cooked, so you need only heat and serve them. This is so helpful on busy evenings — or when you are packing lunch boxes. There’s nothing like an almost effortless way to make healthy home cooked meals, right? (Psst! The chicken breast strips are 97 percent fat free and made with all-white meat!)

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And, when you are buying Tyson® Grilled and Ready® Chicken Breast Strips, you can feel good about it because they are part of the Tyson Project A+™ program. When you clip and collect labels from participating Tyson Project A+™ products (it’s more than just the strips!), your school can submit them for $0.24 funding to be used however the school wants. What’s more is that you can nominate a school through Walmart’s Tyson Project A+™ page to receive $1000 in labels!

Chicken Fajita Quinoa

Chicken Fajita Quinoa

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry red quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red pepper, , sliced
  • 1 red onion, , halved and sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, , minced
  • 1 cup fresh diced tomato
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime, , zested and juiced
  • salt and pepper, , to taste
  • 2 cups Tyson® Grilled and Ready® Chicken Breast Strips

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan set over medium heat, combine the quinoa and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the quinoa is tender and the water is fully absorbed. Remove from heat and transfer the quinoa to a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the red pepper and red onion and saute until crisp tender. Stir in the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Transfer contents of the skillet to the mixing bowl with the quinoa.
  3. Add the tomato, cilantro and lime zest and juice to the mixing bowl. Stir well to combine. Season with salt and pepper, as desired. Toss with chicken. Serve immediately, with or without shredded cheddar cheese, diced avocado and sour cream.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes

Monday 31st of August 2015

I love packing leftovers for lunches the next day for my husband and I! What a great meal.

Cookin Canuck

Monday 31st of August 2015

Starting school again is always a bumpy transition...especially the bedtime part! What a great way to spice up quinoa - perfect for a weeknight meal.