Crispy Chicken And Quinoa Salad Recipe + WIAW

I was hesitant to do a WIAW post this week because I have felt like all of my meals are always the exact same thing. I decided yesterday I wanted to change things up by creating a new-to-me- salad. Recipe will be at the end of the post. Let’s start with Tuesday’s breakfast.

As you know, I usually eat more than one breakfast. I just grabbed a banana after my run since I didn’t have enough time to make a smoothie (plus it was so cold out!)
banana

After I showered and warmed up, I made eggs with plantains, sweet potatoes, spinach, and bacon.
eggs

I totally forgot to take any pictures of my food at work- but it wasn’t anything too exciting. I had an apple in the morning, and then lunch was grilled chicken, roasted asparagus, and leftover roasted red potatoes (eaten cold). A little later I had some raisins.

When I got home from work I had a LARABAR- this is one of the kinds we have been eating lately along with the cashew cookie.
lara bar

So finally- dinner time. I wanted to make something quick because after work I went to get a flu shot with my sister. My plan had been to make chicken with almond flour but we were out of almond flour- luckily our amazon subscribe and save was delivered to Rob’s office during the day so we would have it- I just had to wait for him to get home. So I worked on the rest of the meal and once he got home I cooked the chicken.

I was also planning to create my own dressing for this, but we were at the grocery store for our flu shots and I figured it would be easier to just buy something. I aimed to get one with the most natural ingredients possible- and I feel like this one wasn’t too bad. I also liked the tomato flavor which went well with the chicken.
dressing

ingredientsThis recipe was inspired by Michele’s Paleo Crispy Chicken Salad– although my version isn’t paleo. However, you could probably make it paleo by leaving out the quinoa. I even included avocados which I can eat when I mix them up with a lot of other foods. 
salad

Crispy Chicken and Quinoa Salad
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
For the chicken
  1. 4-6 thinly sliced chicken breasts
  2. 1 cup almond flour
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 2 tbsp coconut oil
  5. spices (garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper)
For the quinoa
  1. 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  2. 2 cups water
For the salad
  1. Lots of greens (I used spring mix)
  2. 2 bartlett pears, sliced
  3. 2 avocados, sliced or chopped
  4. 4 tbsp chopped pecans
  5. dressing of choice (I used Braswell's Vidalia Onion Summer Tomato)
  6. Any other fruits and veggies you want to add in
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa by placing 1 cup dry quinoa and 2 cups water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and cover; simmer for about 15 minutes until water is absorbed.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, get started on the chicken. Mix almond flour with spices. Whisk eggs in a separate bowl. Heat large frying pan over medium-high heat and add coconut oil When oil is melted and hot, dip each piece of chicken into egg and then coat with flour mixture. Place in pan and cook for about 5 minutes on each side, until nicely browned and cooked through.
  3. Prepare salad by adding avocado and pears to greens. Sprinkle with pecans and any other ingredients you will be using.
  4. Put salad together by laying quinoa on top of greens and then placing chicken on top. Add dressing.
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My appetite has been a little more tame without running as much, but I still always find there is room for dessert! Over the weekend I made Michele’s Paleo Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies.(Can you tell I make her recipes a lot?!) So good! I feel like lately I have just been in the mood to bake cookies all the time. It must be the holiday season.

cookies

Thanks Jenn for hosting the WIAW link-up!
wiaw

What is your favorite ingredient to add to a salad?
Will you be baking cookies over the holiday season?

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31 thoughts on “Crispy Chicken And Quinoa Salad Recipe + WIAW

    • I think I need to figure out what Ill eat ahead of time if I want to post it for WIAW. I think tracking my foods on Monday or Tuesday I always end up eating very similar meals those days!

    • That sounds really good! And yea I like participating as a change from all the running talk, but its hard to come up with creative stuff to share!

    • Sounds great! If Im gonna eat a salad for dinner it needs to have a good amount of substance to it.

    • Definitely! I have found that using almond flour and some spices can really add a lot of flavor to chicken- especially when its still cooked in oil!

    • Thanks! LARABARs are my favorite on the go snack. So easy to throw in my bag all the time, and love the natural ingredients.

    • Yes, me too! Especially when I eat salads for dinner I need things like that for a little more substance!

  1. That salad looks delicious, I have to add that to my things to make list! I don’t bake often, mainly because my husband is an incredible baker, but I do love making chocolate chip cookies, which I am planning on doing next week when I am on vacation. A warm, fresh baked chocolate chip cookie makes everything seem better!
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    • Fresh, homemade chocolate chip cookies really are the best! But you are lucky to have a husband that is a great baker!
      Let me know how you like the salad if you try it out!

  2. There is always room for something sweet at the end of the day! I just had lots of peanut M&M’s. Those cookies look great – I might just have to make them!

    My mom and I every year around Christmas make a wide variety of cookies and then take them to different Detroit Fire Departments. It is fun to deliver them because the firemen are always so appreciative and never expect people to do it :)
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    • That sounds like such a great tradition! My problem with holiday baking is then we have all this stuff in the house and of course we eat it all! While its a time to indulge a little, we need to have some sort of self-control:)

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