Quick Fried Chicken and Quinoa Salad

The Hiatus is over.  I am now a new yorker living in New York and its time to bring the Carnivore and the Vegetarian back from its slumber.  I have been severely slacking on posting and reviews and basically anything C&V.  With my new kitchen nearly up and running with all my supplies, I can start delivering some delicious food for your viewing and reading pleasure.

Just last night I decided to make a fresh quinoa salad, with red peppers, shallots, fresh corn and a few other things.  I must give credit where credit is due, as the Vegetarian did have a part in this salad dish.  She wanted the cheese, lemon juice, basil and quinoa added.  Because I need my meat, I made a flash fried chicken breast with a sage.  Unfortunately my new Cannon camera charger was eluding me, so I had to take a few pictures on my old point and shoot.  Starting tomorrow, I’ll be back in business and I hope to also buy a photo light and fixture AND make a photo box (not by tomorrow) for future endeavors.  I hope you enjoy and sorry for the wait.

Quinoa Salad:

Serves 6 as side dish, 2-4 as main dish

1 Cup cooked quinoa
1 red pepper diced
2 small shallots, diced
2 ears fresh corn, cut off cob
1 can black or kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup fresh feta cheese
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar or champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon butter
Fresh Basil, ~10-12 leaves, chopped

In a medium saute pan, add butter over low-medium heat.  Add shallot, corn and red pepper, cook for about 5-7 minutes.  Season liberally with salt, pepper and then add 1/2 tablespoon white wine vinegar, increase heat to high, cook an additional 2 minutes and then remove from heat and add to large bowl.

Add beans, feta cheese, quinoa, remaining white wine vinegar, basil, lemon juice and a touch more salt and pepper.  Serve warm.

Flash Fried Chicken Breast
Serves 2

2 chicken breasts
1/3 cup flour
2 teaspoons dried sage
1 tablespoon cooking oil (sunflower, peanut, vegetable)
1/8 cup white wine

Preheat oven to 350.

Heat oil in oven safe skillet over medium-high heat.

While oil is heating, mix flour, sage, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.  Dredge the chicken breasts in flour until coated.

Add chicken breasts to pan and cook on each side for approximately 4-5 minutes, until golden brown.  Remove from heat, add white wine and place in oven until tender, about 5-10 minutes, depending on thickness of chicken breast.  Mine was large and required another 8-10 minutes.

Remove from oven and serve with quinoa salad.

About Evan Halperin

I like to eat. I like to cook. I like to eat what I cook. Now, I will share with you what I like to cook. My wife and I may be a vegetarian and a carnivore, but it doesn’t mean we can’t cook a nice meal with both, without compromising taste. I will share my creative meals of the Carnivore and the Vegetarian.
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8 Responses to Quick Fried Chicken and Quinoa Salad

  1. Angela says:

    Yay! Welcome back! And congratulations on the move, you're going to love NYC. This quinoa looks awesome, and this is my favorite way to make chicken breasts, except I've never tried adding sage before. Nice.

  2. Now your comment showed up…so weird.

    Thanks! I hope to be a bit more active again. I don't know how or why I haven't made chicken like this except for chicken parm.

  3. DailyChef says:

    Glad to have you back! Hope NY is treating you well. This looks amazing btw. I not sure I've ever tried quinoa salad.

  4. thanks and thanks. I hadn't either, but I did get something at a vegetarian restaurant that had cold quinoa as part of a stuffed avocado. I'd like to try that sometime

  5. Lisa Shapiro says:

    I've had quinoa in my cabinet for ages and couldn't figure out what to do with it. I'm going to try your recipe. Thanks for posting. Hope you are doing well. :)

  6. Let me know how it comes out. Things are good here in nyc. I might try and make the August DC bloggers HH, but it might be too crazy with the wedding that weekend

  7. Jason Gordon says:

    I like this one… I definitely plan to try it soon!

  8. Jolanta says:

    Like your blog, Janie. I have decided to take the vegan plnuge .watched Earthlings the other night .. someone at the VEGFEST gave me a copy. I will be phasing dairy out over the nexy month. Look me up on FB so we can connect. JoAnne

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