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Quinoa Con Pollo

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This recipe is adapted from a Gourmet Magazine recipe for Arroz Con Pollo

Ingredients You'll Need

2 large garlic cloves
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 tbsp dried oregano, crumbled
4 chicken breasts, boneless skinless, halved crosswise
For Quinoa:
1 Sausage, skin discarded and cut in 1/4 inch slices
(Use Chorizo, or Italian Sausage if you have problems getting the Chorizo)
2 tsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp paprika
1 bay leaf
1 can diced tomatoes, drained (keep sauce)
6 oz beer (not dark)
3/4 cup low sodium or homemade chicken broth
1 cup Quinoa (rinsed)
1/4 cup pimiento
1/2 roasted red pepper, cut in strips


Marinate chicken: Mince and mash garlic to paste, stir into vinegar and oregano, then transfer to a large plastic zip lock bag.

Toss the chicken in with marinade and close bag, emptying as much air as possible. Marinate chilled at least 1 to 2 hours.

Cook chicken and Quinoa: Cook the sausage in olive oil in a heavy pot over medium high heat, stirring until some fat is rendered, 2 to 3 minutes. Add onions, bell pepper and garlic and cook, stirring until softened, about 5 minutes.

Add cumin, oregano, paprika, and bay leaf and cook, stirring for 1 minute.

Add chicken with marinade to sausage mixture and cook, uncovered, over medium heat, stirring frequently, 10 minutes.

Stir in tomatoes, beer, broth and Quinoa and bring to a boil, making sure the Quinoa is submerged. Use more broth if necessary.

Reduce the heat to medium low, then cover mixture directly with a round of parchment paper and cover pot with a tight fitting lid.

Cook, stirring once or twice, until Quinoa is tender, 20 to 30 minutes.

Remove from heat and let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Discard parchment paper and bay leaf, then scatter pimiento or roasted red pepper strips over top.

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