Mexican Chicken and Black Bean Quinoa

First of all, I have to give a shout out to Kimi Jo of the “No Secrets Attached” Facebook page for this delicious recipe!! Visit her page, if you are interested in following her page for more YUMMY recipes and other health and fitness related advice:


Before I share this delicious recipe, I want to review some of the benefits of Quinoa with you. It is a super food!

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1) High in protein

2) Complex carbohydrate with low glycemic index

3) Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids

4) Gluten free

5) Can help reduce cholesterol

6) High magnesium content promotes cardiovascular health

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Mexican Chicken and Black Bean Quinoa
I put 4 chicken breast in a crock pot with and covered with organic salsa purchased at Costco.
I let cook for 4 hours and then shredded the chicken.

1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 Garlic Gloves
3/4 cup Quinoa
1 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cans no salt added Black Beans
1/2 cup Cilantro

1.) Heat the oil on medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and saute.
2.) Rinse the quinoa in a strainer.
3.) Mix quinoa into the pan and cover with chicken broth. Season with cumin, cayenne pepper. (salt and pepper if you like) Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.
4.) Mix in the black beans and cilantro.


Serve on a plate and then top with your shredded salsa chicken!

I used some Tapatio hot sauce on mine. It definitely was NOT “necessary” as the recipe itself had enough flavor… I just like my “mexican” style food HOT, HOT, HOT!! Personal preference 🙂

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When Kimi Jo posted this recipe on her health and fitness Facebook page “No Secrets Attached”, she asked some of her followers to be “guinea pigs” in trying the recipe. I offered to try it, but I just got to making it now.

The recipe has my stamp of approval!!

I am always looking for new Quinoa recipes, and this one was great!! If any of you are able to try it out yourselves, make sure you stop back by and comment with your own personal review!! 🙂


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