My oldest son, Alec, has been begging me to make homemade fried rice for a while. I decided to twist the basic recipe and make it with quinoa instead of rice. This Quinoa Chicken Fried Rice recipe is a hit for something new and different for your weeknight table, especially if you’re looking for something gluten-free, healthy and hearty. Feel free to substitute rice for the quinoa if you wish, but I love that quinoa is a gluten-free, nutty grain that is a complete protein which is high in fiber, low in calories and is high in iron, magnesium and calcium.
Quinoa Chicken Fried Rice Recipe
4 to 6 servings
1 cup quinoa or 2 cups rice
2 tablespoons sesame or canola oil
1 (16 ounce) package frozen baby carrots and green peas, cooked
3 green onions, chopped
2 eggs, scrambled
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
Low sodium soy sauce to taste (gluten-free if needed)
1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Set aside and keep warm.
2. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over high heat. Stir in carrots and peas and onions; cook about 30 seconds. Crack in eggs, stirring quickly to scramble eggs with vegetables. Stir in cooked quinoa and chicken; cook 5 minutes more. Add soy sauce, and toss to coat.