chicken quinoa w/ fig & chanterelle

In culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, gluten-free on 10.22.11 at 4:34 pm

chanterelles… where have you been all my life?

every week, i like to find a unique ingredient to infuse into my cooking — typically an ingredient new to my kitchen, or a ‘splurge’ ingredient. this week it was the best of both worlds — chanterelle mushrooms. oh yes.

this sweet chicken recipe is surprisingly simple and perfect for a weeknight meal. really. :)

the quinoa:
– bring to a boil: 1 cup (250mL) organic quinoa & 2 cups water in a small pot (no cover)
– then reduce to simmer, cover pot and cook until the water is absorbed into the grains (approx 10-12 min). it’s ready when the grain is translucent.
– allow to cool, then fluff with a fork

while the quinoa is cooking, start the chicken and veggies…

prep veggies:
– gently rinse chanterelle mushrooms w/ cold water and remove any debris
– 1 cup fresh chanterelles (rough chop)
– 1 cup figs (peeled, sliced in halves)

prep chicken:
– 5-6 chicken thighs (skinless, boneless)
– season w/ ground black peppercorns

cook chicken & veggies:
– heat up 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (evoo) in a large saucepan on high heat
– place seasoned chicken thighs in pan
– splash of red wine (i used cabernet sauvignon in this recipe.)
– brown chicken on medium heat for a few min on both sides, before adding the other ingredients
– once chicken thighs are almost cooked through (no longer pink inside), add chanterelles & figs to pan
– fold 1 cup plain greek yogurt w/ the rest of ingredients in pan
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– simmer for a few min until the yogurt & red wine are slightly reduced. remove from heat.

food styling:
– plate a bed of quinoa first, and then generously add the chicken, fig & chanterelles to the bowl
– drizzle lightly w/ red wine sauce from pan
– season w/ ground black peppercorns

  1. All of your recipes look delicious! I’ll definitely have to try them sometime.


  2. I love the combination of ingredients here! Fig & chanterelle sound wonderful together.


  3. Looks delicious. You had me at figs!


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