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Thai Chicken Coconut Quinoa Bowls

All the perfect flavors of Thai in a beautiful, healthy salad, accompanied by fluffy coconut quinoa!

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Over this past week, I was cleaning and packing like a mad woman, and on Thursday we began our adventure on our move to Washington. (My husband is still on the road with our car, somewhere in South Dakota currently), but the kids and I are nestled happily in a hotel room for the week! (Never thought I would use ‘hotel room’ and ‘happy’ in the same sentence ever again..)

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We woke up yesterday morning at 3am for a 6am flight. My kids have been sick, sick, sick, all week, especially my youngest, the poor kid, he still is, but they completely rocked my world yesterday when they behaved perfectly, (and even slept!) on two flights, one being six hours long! Thai Chicken Coconut Quinoa Bowls | Fabtastic Eats

Now I don’t know if you have a one or two year old boy, but in case you don’t, let me clue you in on something..they don’t sit still. Like ever. Ever, ever. So the fact that they sat all day in airports and strollers and on planes with zero meltdowns, it’s a miracle, and amazing, and I am just so unbelievably grateful for them. Traveling can be stressful enough as is…my kids are rock-stars. I’ll do anything with them.

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Food! Oh boy, I am MOST excited about having a normal kitchen back so I can start cooking like crazy again..after the next week and a half in another hotel room, we’re going to be dying for some home cooked meals, I can’t even wait. I made these Thai Chicken Bowls recently and ohmygod amaze-nuts.

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The quinoa is cooked in coconut milk and I’m not sure I can ever love another kind of quinoa as much again. It is SO soft, and fluffy, and the flavor..my mouth is watering just thinking about it. It’s just perfect. Don’t even get me started on the marinade…I could drink it with a spoon. The flavors in this are unstoppable.

If you prep everything in advance, this is an incredibly quick and healthy weeknight meal! It’s a perfect lunch for every single day of the week. (I may have eaten this several days in a row, for lunch and dinner. Maybe.)

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Plus it’s kind of got color, and we need some color this time of year, you know, to reel in Spring a little quicker! 😉 Do this, you will LOVE it!

Thai Chicken Coconut Quinoa Bowls

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 2 Large Salads

All the perfect flavors of Thai in a beautiful, healthy salad, accompanied by fluffy coconut quinoa!

Ingredients

    Marinade:
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 1/8 cup spicy peanut sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 pounds Chicken breast (2 Large), sliced
  • For the Quinoa
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • The Salad
  • 3 cups chopped romaine
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 mango, chopped
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, or gallon sized ziplock bag, combine all the ingredients for the marinade, except for the chicken and mix well.
  2. Add the chicken and marinate in the fridge for 30-60 minutes.
  3. While the chicken is marinating, you can cook the quinoa. Rinse it in a mesh strainer well and add it to a medium-sized saucepan, followed by the coconut milk, over medium-high heat.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to Low, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  5. After 15 minutes, turn off the heat, remove from burner and allow it to sit for 5 more minutes.
  6. Remove cover, fluff it up, squeeze in the lime juice, toss to coat and set aside. (If you can manage not to inhale it in all of its coconut-ty goodness!)
  7. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and melt 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Add the chicken strips, reserve the marinade, and cook them 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  8. In a small saucepan over medium high heat, add the reserved marinade. You're going to cook out the chicken and reduce it down to a glaze by bringing it to a rolling boil, stirring occasionally, until the liquid reduces to about 1/4 cup and is thick and shiny.
  9. To assemble the salad, toss the romaine and spinach together in a large bowl. Add the mango, bean sprouts, cooked chicken, and the coconut quinoa. Sprinkle on some fresh cilantro, and drizzle the desired amount of glaze over the top. Divide onto plates (or bowls!) and serve! Enjoy!

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30 Comments

  • Reply Rachel Cooks

    You are so on the ball! And, these look amazing. Tell me again why you didn’t move to Michigan?

    February 8, 2014 at 3:23 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      hah! I’m wishing I did! 😉

      February 9, 2014 at 4:06 am
  • Reply Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

    Quinoa cooked in coconut milk? Genius!! And from one mama of two boys to the next – I completely agree with you on boys never sitting still!!!

    February 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      hahah I’ve heard it gets even more nutso as they get older! 😉 Thanks for the quinoa love!

      February 9, 2014 at 4:05 am
  • Reply Holly

    This looks so Amaazing! How did you get such great color on the chicken? It looks grilled and so yummy! I am definitely going to try. PS Don’t care for mango, do you think fresh pineapple would go with this instead?

    February 8, 2014 at 8:30 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      I just cooked it in a skillet on the stove, careful not to overcook the outsides. I haven’t tried it with pineapple, but I bet it would still be great! Pineapple and Coconut is always such a great combo! I hope you enjoy! 🙂

      February 9, 2014 at 4:04 am
  • Reply Cheryl

    Ohmigosh! I made this tonight for dinner and it was ah-ma-zing!! I didn’t have agave nectar in the house, and the chicken and quinoa graced a lowly tossed salad that was left from last night, but it was still delicious! Excellent work…thanks for sharing!

    February 8, 2014 at 11:15 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      ohh!! I am SO glad that you liked it! It sounds perfect! Thank youuu!

      February 9, 2014 at 4:02 am
  • Reply Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files

    Um yes. Genius on cooking the quinoa in coconut milk! I adore anything coconut and mango so this will be gracing our tables soon!

    February 9, 2014 at 12:52 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      oh Im so glad! I hope you seriously enjoy it!

      February 12, 2014 at 3:16 am
  • Reply Ilona

    What is the chili sauce and spicy peanut sauce?

    February 9, 2014 at 7:31 pm
  • Reply Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen

    Quinoa cooked in coconut milk is just pure genius! This is totally my kind of dinner and so perfect for weeknights!

    February 10, 2014 at 8:48 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      It’s seriously insane. I love it so! I hope you try it!

      February 12, 2014 at 3:43 am
  • Reply Angie | Big Bear's Wife

    I just want to did into this right now! That chicken looks amazing and those flavors sound so good!

    February 11, 2014 at 5:05 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      Thank you SO much! We loved it!

      February 12, 2014 at 3:43 am
  • Reply Robin Werner

    This may be a silly question, but I’ve never cooked anything ‘Thai’ do you use sweet chili sauce or the kind of Chili sauce that is like ketchup, maybe made by Heinz?

    February 12, 2014 at 12:23 am
    • Reply Alaina

      Not a silly question at all! I use sweet chili sauce, it can usually be found in the international food aisle of your grocery store!

      February 12, 2014 at 3:46 am
  • Reply Kelly - Left Side of the Table

    ohhh my goodness. You created a recipe that makes me drool. literally. SO in love with all things coconut right now. You use coconut milk AND coconut oil…say no more 😉 But really…and quinoa goes so well with so many things. Perfect replacement for rice!! I love to cook it with some broth for extra flavor! Thanks for sharing! Looks delectable. PS: first time on your blog…must say I LOVE your title/logo. So cute!!

    February 12, 2014 at 5:10 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      ohmy! WELCOME! And Thank you SO much for all the great compliments! I sincerely appreciate it all! 🙂 I hope you try and enjoy this dish!

      February 17, 2014 at 8:42 pm
  • Reply Nutmeg Nanny

    Oh yum, my husband and I just love thai food 🙂 this dish looks amazing!

    February 23, 2014 at 9:55 am
    • Reply Alaina

      Thank you so much! It’s one of my favs too!

      February 24, 2014 at 12:13 pm
  • Reply Yvonne

    I made this for dinner tonight. One word YUM. It was perfect. Thank you for the recipe.

    January 20, 2015 at 2:47 am
    • Reply Alaina

      oh I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Thank you so much!

      January 20, 2015 at 11:36 am
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  • Reply Ashley@Biggerthanthethreeofus

    Made this tonight (without the peanut) and it was so good! Pinned. Thanks!

    March 20, 2015 at 7:21 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      so glad you enjoyed it! thanks!

      March 23, 2015 at 10:33 am
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