Dear Quinoa,

         I’m sorry I have boycotted you for the last 16 months. Also, I’m sorry for calling you ‘kee-no-ah’ before I knew better. No wonder people never knew what I was talking about and I never knew what they were talking about when they said ‘keen-wah’. I’ll make it up to you by posting way too many recipes of you.

Sincerely, The DIY Foodie

Difficulty: Level 2 (totally doable)

Hands On Time: 20 minutes    Cook Time: 20 minutes    Total Time: 40 minutes    Servings: 4-6

I kind of hate to admit it, but I kind of love quinoa. Quite literally, I have another batch of quinoa cooking on the stove right now.  I’m also eating a cookie…but we don’t need to talk about that.

Having quinoa with stir-fry…I almost liked it more than rice. Almost. Which is saying a lot, because I really love rice. I better watch out, because I just know that the rice gods are going to come after me for saying that.

Stir fry is totally my i-have-no-idea-what-to-make-so-i’m-going-to-throw-you-in-a-pan-and-call-you-stir-fry kind of dinner. Works like a charm, every time. But I seem to never make the same kind of stir fry.
Until now. I loved this stir fry so much that I just had to make it official and share it with you.

Quinoa Chicken Stir Fry
Serves 4
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 1 lb chicken - cut into small strips
  2. ¼ cup onion - chopped
  3. 2 cloves garlic - minced
  4. ¼ tsp ground ginger
  5. 2 tbsp soy sauce
  6. 2 tbsp sugar
  7. 1 tsp salt
  8. 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
  9. 1 tsp Sriracha
  10. 2 tsp Hoisin Sauce
  11. 1 tsp Thai Chili Garlic Paste
  12. 1 tbsp olive oil
  13. ½ tsp garlic salt
  14. 2 cups broccoli - chopped
  15. 1 cup carrots - sliced
  16. 1 tbsp cornstarch
  17. ½ cup water
  18. 2 cups cooked quinoa.
  1. In a bowl, mix the onion, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sugar, salt, sesame oil, sriracha, hoisin sauce and thai chili paste.
  2. Add in the chicken and set aside.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet.
  4. Add the broccoli and carrots to the pan.
  5. Sprinkle with the garlic salt.
  6. Cook vegetables until broccoli turns a bright green (about 4 minutes) mixing frequently.
  7. Remove from pan.
  8. Add the chicken mixture to the pan and cook until it is cooked through (about 7 -8 minutes)
  9. Combine the cornstarch and water.
  10. Mix cornstarch mixture into the pan with the chicken.
  11. Add in the vegetables.
  12. Let simmer for 5-10 minutes; mixing occasionally.
  13. Serve over quinoa.
The DIY Foodie

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