Wednesday, May 8, 2013

chicken quinoa "curry"

while i'm a huge fan of trying all different types of international cuisines, i'm definitely not the most adventurous when it comes to cooking them.  some favorite dishes that come to mind like pad thai, fried rice and chicken curry, while all are delicious, often come with a long list of ingredients and hours of prep and cook time that can be quite daunting (not to mention overall rich and creamy and rather scary to my thighs...).  in an attempt to be more adventurous with my cooking and keep it true to my healthy self, i perused countless 'healthy' curry recipes on pinterest and combined various bits of several great looking recipes to create a curry that was not only good for you, but rich in flavor and able to be prepared and cooked in under an hour. i give you, healthy chicken curry over quinoa (aka marina girl curry)!


2-3 cups cooked quinoa
1 head of cauliflower cut into 1 in. florets
1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1 small red onion thinly sliced
3/4 c golden raisins 
4 tsp chopped cilantro
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 tsp curry powder
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
6 oz. nonfat sour cream
6 oz. nonfat greek yogurt
olive oil (to coat veggies)
cilantro garnish optional

chopped + fresh!

lightly coat sweet potato cubes in olive and place in oven on a greased cookie sheet for 20 minutes at 350. then toss cauliflower in olive oil and place on same sheet and continue to cook both for an additional 20 minutes.

while cauliflower and sweet potato are roasting in the oven, cook chicken and onions for 8-10 minutes in a large saucepan. add curry powder, turmeric, raisins, garlic, salt, pepper and cayenne and mix with the chicken while stirring in 1 cup of water.

*veggies should have browned edges; do not overcook as they will continue to cook in the saucepan

when vegetables are done roasting in the oven, stir them into the saucepan, cover and simmer on low for 15 minutes.  

gently stir in yogurt, sour cream and cilantro and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.

...spoon curry over cooked quinoa, garnish with cilantro and serve!

sooo good!  very happy that i branched out and way easier and more delicious than i could have hoped for :)

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