Quinoa and Chicken Curry with Yogurt Sauce

Quinoa and Chicken Curry with Yogurt Sauce

This Quinoa and Chicken Curry with Yogurt Sauce is a delightful fusion dish that combines the richness of curry, the wholesome goodness of quinoa, and the creamy tang of yogurt. It’s a nutritious, flavorful meal that is perfect for a hearty lunch or dinner, offering a unique twist on traditional curry dishes.

– 1 cup quinoa
– 2 cups chicken broth
– 1 lb chicken breast, diced
– 2 tbsp olive oil
– 1 onion, finely chopped
– 2 garlic cloves, minced
– 1 tbsp ginger, minced
– 2 tbsp curry powder
– 1 tsp ground cumin
– 1 tsp ground coriander
– 1 tsp turmeric
– 1 can (14 oz) coconut milk
– 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
– 1 cup peas (fresh or frozen)
– Salt and pepper, to taste
– Fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)

1. ***Cook the Quinoa:***
– Rinse the quinoa thoroughly under cold water.
– In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken broth to a boil.
– Add the quinoa, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the quinoa is tender and the liquid is absorbed.
– Fluff the quinoa with a fork and set aside.

2. ***Prepare the Chicken Curry:***
– In a large skillet or pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
– Add the diced chicken and cook until browned on all sides. Remove the chicken and set aside.
– In the same skillet, add the chopped onion, garlic, and ginger. Sauté until the onions are translucent.

3. ***Add Spices:***
– Stir in the curry powder, cumin, coriander, and turmeric. Cook for about 1-2 minutes to toast the spices and enhance their flavors.

4. ***Combine Ingredients:***
– Pour in the coconut milk and bring to a simmer.
– Return the cooked chicken to the skillet and add the peas. Simmer for another 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened slightly.

5. ***Prepare the Yogurt Sauce:***
– In a small bowl, mix the plain Greek yogurt with a pinch of salt and pepper. You can add a bit of lemon juice for extra tang, if desired.

6. ***Serve the Dish:***
– To serve, place a generous scoop of quinoa on each plate.
– Top with the chicken curry, ensuring a good amount of sauce covers the quinoa.
– Drizzle the yogurt sauce over the top.
– Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro.

This dish is best enjoyed warm and offers a delightful blend of textures and flavors.