This pilaf recipe pairs avocados and bell peppers with red quinoa and grilled chicken, for a satisfying, colorful meal. Each recipe serving provides an excellent source of protein, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, niacin, vitamin B 6, potassium, and iron, and a good source of vitamin E, folate, pantothenic acid, and phosphorus.
Grilled Chicken and Avocado Quinoa Pilaf
Total Time: 45 min
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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%
Ingredients2 Tbsp. fresh or bottled lemon juice 1/4 cup fresh basil 3/4 tsp. ground black pepper, divided 1 ripe, Fresh California Avocado, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks* 1 Tbsp. olive oil, divided 1/4 tsp. salt 2 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 lb) 1 large red bell pepper 1/2 medium onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 3 cups water 3 tsp. sodium-free chicken bouillon 1 1/2 red quinoa, uncooked/dry
- Heat grill.
- Peel and cut avocado into chunks; place in a medium bowl.
- Mix lemon juice, basil, and ½ tsp black pepper. Drizzle over avocado chunks, toss, and set aside.
- Cut chicken breasts in half crosswise. Mix ½ tbsp olive oil, salt, and remaining black pepper.
- Brush mixture on chicken and red bell pepper.
- Grill chicken and pepper until done. Set chicken breasts aside.
- Cut pepper into thin strips.
- 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.
- 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).
- Place quinoa pilaf in a large bowl, add chicken, red peppers, and avocado. Toss gently.
Serving Suggestion: Serve with an 8 oz glass 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.
As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados