Korean Chicken Cajun Quinoa

  

Feb 27, 2017

Being on a diet (story of my life) is never easy. Especially in Korea when bowls of rice are served at every meal and by every meal I mean EVERY meal, even breakfast. My poor blood sugar was in shock after the first few months here; I just couldn’t face eating my school lunch without it but I persevered. The death stares and questions I was asked when I had no scoop of rice on my tray caused an absolute riot in the cafeteria. Is Che sick? We should make her Kimbap (made with rice!!) Does Che not like the lunch? Let’s make her rice cake soup (moooorree rice). Eventually I made the rational decision to walk away from school lunches all together. This was a good thing (my health) and a bad thing. Going to lunch is the only time I ever really got a chance to spend with my other teachers and when I stopped going to the cafeteria they thought I had left the country!

So now that I had to start prepping my own lunches everyday I finally had a chance to hit the healthy train. I had heard about Quinoa many years ago but didn’t really know much about it. About 5 months ago I decided to look into it a bit more (after hours of Pinterest searching). Turns out Quinoa is not infact pronounced Kee-No-Wa (lol) and is as healthy as ever. It’s a healthy grain, high in protein and gluten free! Wahoo! I’m all about no gluten these days. I immediately tried to get my hands on the stuff but as is always with Korea, the ingredients we miss and crave are veeery hard to find. I resorted to buying myself a bag on iHerb. The greatest website ever for healthy supplements and foods. Finally I could start experimenting with it.

I’ve always been a sucker for a nice spicy yet creamy pasta and taking a hint from a fellow chef in Korea I decided to take a traditional Cajun Cream Chicken recipe and adjust it with a few delish Korean ingredients, make it as high protein as possible and rest it on a bed of delicious Quinoa.

Directions

1Cajun spice from scratch : Add 2T Paprika, 2T Salt, 2T Garlic Powder, 2T Onion Powder, 3T Hot Pepper Flakes. Pop this into a nice big Ziploc bag

2Use a whole chicken diced up Korean style (hacked to bits! Gordon Ramsay would invent new swear words for this) and put this into the bag of spices and shook it up till all the pieces were coated

3Fry 1 chopped onion in some olive oil till translucent then added the chicken and fried till brown on all sides

4Add 1 yellow pepper, 4 green chilies (seeds omitted – tooooo spicy!!) and 1 large zucchini (baby marrow)

5Add 1 cup of water and 100ml cream

6Boil for about 20 minutes

7Add a small amount of cream to thicken and creamify it more

8Add Tofu

9Let cook for 10 minutes

10Also because I’m Koreanising this recipe what goes in next? Yup good old Kimchi! YUM!! I put this in near the end of the cooking time because I still wanted the fresh crunch and because rice is my devil I had cooked a few cups of Quinoa a bit earlier and added my chicken to it.

Ingredients

2 tbsp Paprika

2 tbsp Salt

2 tbsp Garlic Powder

2 tbsp Onion Powder

2 tbsp Hot Pepper Flakes

1 Whole Chicken

1 Onion

2 tsp Olive Oil

1 Yellow Pepper

4 Green Chillies (no seeds)

1 Large Zucchini

150 ml Cream

1 Tofu

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