Wild Rice Quinoa Chicken with Citrus Vinaigrette
Recently, my husband and I went on a date and ended up eating lunch at a local Applebee’s restaurant. That particular day, my husband ordered their Cedar Grilled Lemon Chicken and Quinoa. (To find a list of their Allergen Information click HERE.) Because it looked so good I asked him if I could try a bite. I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but I can honestly say that it was pretty amazing. Since that day, I found myself craving that meal and decided that it was time to develop my own gluten-free copycat version.
Several of the key ingredients in this recipe are wild rice and quinoa. You can use any quinoa that you like however I chose black quinoa.
Uncooked Black Quinoa
The juice from a fresh lemon and lime are needed to make the vinaigrette, along with some Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.
Furthermore, chopped Granny Smith green apples add color and flavor to the dish.
I cooked the wild rice and quinoa according to the packaging directions. Approximately 45 minutes for the wild rice and 15 minutes for the quinoa.
I placed the citrus vinaigrette ingredients into a microwave safe measuring cup, stirring every 30 seconds, and heated it until the mixture became slightly thickened. In addition, I pan-fried chicken breast in a cast iron skillet while the wild rice, quinoa, and vinaigrette were cooking. *To make this recipe close to the original at Applebee’s, grill or bake your chicken using grilling cedar planks.
While everything else was cooking on the stove, I prepared a bowl of cranberries and chopped pecans, apples, and fresh parsley. Another option is to use cilantro in place of parsley.
When all the ingredients were ready, I layered them onto a serving platter. Wild rice and quinoa went on the bottom and topped with the chicken breast. I added the pecans, cranberries, apples, parsley/cilantro and drizzled the citrus vinaigrette on top of the chicken breast, rice and quinoa.
This dish has quickly become one of my all-time favorite meals.
Not only is this dish delicious it is also very pretty.
In the end, I added a sprinkle of feta cheese! Due to the additional flavor, I highly recommend this.
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