BBQ Quinoa Salad

Bbq quinoa salad

Last week, Joel and I were on vacation in Newport, Rhode Island. Being on vacation was great, and I ate my weight in fresh seafood which was amazing, but eating out twice a day for a week did get a little old. Of course, as soon as we got home, we proceeded to eat out two more days rather than go grocery shopping…we are so lazy sometimes! Wanting to put an end to that, I reluctantly got myself out of vacation mode, threw together a somewhat healthy menu and went grocery shopping. This meal, being one of the first to go on the menu, was outstanding! It was a simple, one-dish kind of meal that was really quite easy to prepare, feeds a crowd (probably a good 6 people), and leaves you full. It was the perfect dish to transition into cooking at home again. 

2 cups Cooked Quinoa (1/2 cup dry quinoa + 1 cup water = 2 cups cooked)
4 slices Thick Cut Bacon, chopped
1 Red Onion, sliced
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
2 Chicken Breasts, cut into pieces
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Paprika
1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
1/3 cup BBQ Sauce, plus more for drizzling
1 cup Cooked Chickpeas (I used canned)
1 cup Corn Kernels (I used 2 cobs)
1 jar (12 ounces) Roasted Red Peppers, drained and chopped
1/2 cup Cilantro, torn
4 Scallions, sliced

In a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and place it on a paper towel to drain. Add the onions to the skillet and coat in the rendered bacon grease. Cover the skillet, reduce the heat to low, and cook the onions until they begin to caramelize, about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, then remove the onion and garlic to a bowl and set aside. Season the chicken with salt, pepper, paprika, and onion powder. Add the chicken to the empty skillet over medium-high heat and cook until it is browned and golden on all sides, about 10 minutes. Once the chicken is cooked through, stir in the BBQ sauce and reduce the heat to low. Add the cooked quinoa, onions with garlic, chickpeas, corn, red pepper, and half of the cilantro and scallions. Toss well to mix. Stir in the bacon, reserving a handful for topping. Serve and garnish with the remaining cilantro, scallions, and bacon.

SOURCE: How Sweet It Is