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A bitter-tasting compound called saponin coats the outside of quinoa seeds, requiring a quick rinse to remove it. But check the package: some brands come pre-rinsed, saving you a step.

EatingWell Magazine, April 2022


Credit: Photographer / Jacob Fox, Food styling / Sue Mitchell, Food Styling / Kelsey Bulat

Recipe Summary

40 mins
40 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring water and quinoa to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook until just tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.

  • Meanwhile, whisk apricot jam, vinegar and cayenne in a medium bowl. Transfer 3 tablespoons to a small bowl and stir in ginger; set aside. Add almonds, apricots, olives, parsley and 1/4 teaspoon salt to the medium bowl and stir to combine. Stir in the quinoa and cover to keep warm.

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, turning occasionally, until well browned on both sides, 6 to 8 minutes total.

  • Add the reserved jam mixture and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook until the chicken's internal temperature reaches 165°F and the sauce glazes the chicken, about 3 minutes more. Serve the chicken with the quinoa and drizzled with any drippings from the pan.


Depending on where they come from, dried apricots can taste quite different! Turkish (or Mediterranean) apricots are dried and then pitted, resulting in a plumper fruit with an almost gel-like texture. California apricots are halved, pitted, then dried, which produces a flatter, firmer fruit that's more tart. No matter where they hail from, most dried apricots have added sulfur to retain their bright hue; unsulfured ones are browner.

Nutrition Facts

3 oz. chicken & 1 1/4 cups quinoa
558 calories; protein 32g; carbohydrates 61g; dietary fiber 7g; sugars 26g; added sugar 9g; fat 22g; saturated fat 3g; mono fat 11g; poly fat 5g; cholesterol 107mg; vitamin a iu 1424IU; vitamin b2 riboflavin 1mg; vitamin b3 niacin 8mg; vitamin b12 1mcg; vitamin c 7mg; vitamin d iu 1IU; vitamin e iu 10IU; folate 97mg; vitamin k 66mg; sodium 588mg; calcium 88mg; calcium 13mg; iron 4mg; magnesium 155mg; potassium 977mg; zinc 4mg; omega 6 fatty acid 4g; vitamin b6 1mg.