Healthy Quinoa Crusted Chicken

Recipe posted in: Flex Meals & Snacks, Lunches & Dinners, Main Courses
quinoa chicken

Take your healthy cooking to the next level with this super tasty alternative to fried chicken. Baked, skinless & boneless chicken breasts make this a protein powerhouse, while the quinoa crust is low in fat, high in fiber and adds crispy, crunchy texture.

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Servings: 4

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 2 PowerFuels and ½ SmartCarb


  • ¾ cup cooked quinoa
  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts (5 oz. each)
  • ¼ cup dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme (plus more for serving)
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil cooking spray


  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 300 degrees. Spread the quinoa on a parchment-lined baking sheet; bake until lightly toasted, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool, then transfer to a bowl, breaking up any clumps. Discard the parchment; reserve the baking sheet.
  2. Increase the oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, mustard and thyme; season with pepper. Mix with a rubber spatula to coat. Place a rack on the reserved baking sheet. Dip the chicken in the quinoa, coating well on both sides, then place on the rack.
  3. Spritz the chicken with cooking spray; bake until just cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with thyme.
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