Blackened Chicken and Cilantro Lime Quinoa

While eating dinner the other night, and basking in the beautiful sunlight and warm breeze coming in through the back door, my husband decided to go all Debbie Downer on me.

I was gushing about how beautiful it is and how hard it is to work at home when all I want to do is be outside. He then says to me, “You know, this won’t last. People always get like this in March. But remember when baseball season starts and how cold some of those opening games are? Yeah. It isn’t going to last.”
Mwwwaaaahhhh, mwwwaaahh!!!
Gee thanks honey. Just let the rest of us live in a non-snowy and warm moment. Maybe his lack of vegetables and Vitamin D are what is making him so gloomy. Note to self: Serve a big salad for dinner tomorrow.

Well, unlike my husband, I am excited for getting back into the swing of eating healthy to get my pale and winterized* body ready for summer—starting today with this awesome flavorful, low calorie, and gluten-free meal!
Get ready spring and summer here I come! (Please don’t let it snow right after I post this!)
*Winterized, Verb: My loving term to describe what happens to most people during the holiday and wintery layered clothing season. You all know what I’m talking about.

Blackened Chicken and Cilantro Lime Quinoa
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 2-4

  • 2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • ½ Teaspoon of Paprika
  • ¼ Teaspoon of Salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon of Pepper
  • ¼ Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ Teaspoon of Onion Powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon of Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon of Olive Oil
  • 2 Cups of Low Sodium Chicken Stock
  • 1 Cup of Quinoa
  • Juice and Zest from One Lime
  • A Dash of Salt and Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cilantro, chopped

  1. Combine all the dry seasonings in a small bowl. Mix them together and then season both sides of each chicken breast.
  2. Add the teaspoon of olive oil to a large pan or skillet. Heat the olive oil for a minute over medium/high heat. Add the chicken breasts to the pan. Cook for seven minutes on each side with the lid on.
  3. Add the chicken stock and quinoa to a medium sauce pan. Bring to a simmer over medium/low heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for ten to fifteen minutes with the lid on, until all the stock has been absorbed.
  4. After the chicken breasts have cooked all the way through, remove them from the pan and let them rest for seven minutes before slicing them.
  5. Add the warm quinoa to a large bowl. Toss in the lime zest, lime juice, salt and pepper, and chopped cilantro. Mix to combine.
  6. Serve the sliced chicken breast on top of the quinoa. If you find the blackened seasoning too spicy, you can add a quick and easy avocado cream sauce to cool it down.
  7. Just place the flesh from an avocado along with two tablespoons of Greek yogurt in a food processor and puree until smooth.


Things to love about this meal: low sodium, chicken breast is a lean protein, it is gluten-free, and if you keep eating meals like this you will be ready for beach season in no time!!!
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  1. This recipe has been on my mind, and I about had a heart attack not being able to find it. Should have remembered it was on pinterest. :) Now it is printed for safe keeping. :)

    My whole family loves it, including the picky 3 and 6 year old. :) We will be enjoying it again tomorrow night.

  2. My 7-year-old son took a bite, and with big eyes, exclaimed, “It feels like my mouth is full of glitter!” I couldn’t have said it better myself. It was such a wonderful recipe I shared it on FB. Thank you for the perfect way to cook blackened chicken, cooked, but not too dry.

  3. The avocado and greek yogurt are missing from the ingredient list. I went to the store and got everything from the ingredient list, but once I started all the steps I realized I was missing those things. No big deal, just a heads up. It was a delish dish that I’m making again this week! YUM

  4. Just wondering what I could use instead of greek yogurt dont have any on hand and trying not to go to the store tonight lol I have some fat free light mayo maybe like a quarter cup of that?

    • Hmmm I don’t think mayo would taste that good with it…. maybe sour cream would be better. Or you could just mash up the avocado with some lime juice and skip the dairy all together.

    • Try some canned full fat coconut milk. You could also put it in the fridge for a few hours and just use the thick part that rises to the top.

    • It’s a little late, but you could use regular, plain yogurt. I’m not a fan of the Greek stuff, but love regular, plain yogurt. Simple Truth at Kroger is my favorite brand when I don’t have time to make some.

  5. Definitely making this dish this week for dinner. I like Quinoa and I love cilantro and this sounds like a pair made in heaven. Especially since I eat Gluten Free. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  6. Desolate_bliss says:

    I found this recipe on Pinterest (shocker!) And I made it tonight because I wanted to try quinoa for the first time. I thought this looked like a healthy, tasty, and (most importantly) easy recipe AND IT WAS. Oh my gosh, it was SO good! I will definitely be making this one again (and again and again)! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I am looking forward to making this for dinner tonight. I am not an experienced cook and have a quick question. Is the quinoa supposed to already be cooked when putting it in saucepan with chicken stock? This is my first time cooking quinoa and the package says to boil it.

    Someone help!

  8. Angelina Havermahl says:

    Awesome recipe. Definitely adding this to my rotation. I put it in fitness pal and it just over 300 calories. So yummy! Thank you for sharing :)

  9. This is SO delicious. Make just the chicken, make just the quinoa, make it together; it’s ALL good! Seriously a new favorite for me.

  10. Jenny OKeefe says:

    This is genius. Came across it on Pinterest and made it tonight – amazing flavours. Thanks!

  11. Made this last night for my boyfriend and I, and we LOVED it! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  12. Wow. This is so so good. It also painfully reminded me of my beloved’ Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls. The cilantro-lime quinoa was a great substitute for their cilantro-lime white rice. And this chicken is FAR LESS salty than the Chipotle Chicken.

    Since it was so similar to the Chipotle bowl, I thought, why not make it one? I roasted a blend of corn, black beans, sweetpotato, onions and red bell peppers with rosemary and e.v.o.o. to top it off……… not to mention the shredded lettuce and diced tomato on top of THAT.

    And along with adding crushed red pepper to everything, I seriously think i one-upped Chipotle. EVERYONE loved it.

  13. Hello,

    I am excited to try this recipe but curious how many it serves so I can adjust accordingly and if you happen to know the nutritional information for this recipe.


    • I say it serves two regular dinner portions and three smaller dinner portions. I do not have the nutritional information, sorry! Enjoy!

      • I made this for the first time last night and mmmmmmm! So delicious. I doubled the recipe and fed 5 people, with enough left over for me to pack for lunch today. Will definitely be making this again!

  14. Tried this recipe out and absolutely loved it! The chicken was super moist and flavorful. I had to substitute couscous for quinoa (was visiting my parents out in the boonies and the grocery store was a little lacking) but it was still so yummy I actually ate the leftovers cold by themselves! Thank you so much for sharing :)

  15. Mercedez says:

    This sounds like dinner tonight!

  16. I want to try this but will have to substitute something for the cilantro or just leave it out. Do you have any suggestions for substitutes for recipes that call for cilantro since my family does not like cilantro. I understand people either love or hate cilantro. Thanks

    • Stefanie says:

      You could always substitute Italian flat-leaf parsley. That has a mild taste and would meld with the lime flavor. Or you could always do a combo of lemon and resemary or thyme instead.

  17. Great recipe! I just shared it on my Thank you for your wonderful posts!! This is so great!

  18. Super yummy! Made this last night and loved it. Really quick and easy! Made the mistake of thinking, “Only one lime? Oh two would definitely be better!”. Just FYI I will stick to one in the future ;). Roasted some summer squash and zucchini to go with it, perfect! Thanks for the recipe! This one is a keeper.

  19. Made this tonight, and it was delicious!! I didn’t have all the spices, so I used what I had. Chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, paprika and salt and pepper of course. Chicken was so tasty. I used light sour cream instead of greek yogurt and didn’t process, just blended well. Perfect topping on the chicken. I had never made quinoa before, and it was fabulous, even though I goofed and used only 1/2 a cup of quinoa. When the liquid failed to absorb after 15 minutes, I realized what I’d done and just strained the excess liquid and it was fine. Thank you for a wonderful recipe!!

  20. I have made this twice for me and my hubby and I LOVE it. He doesn’t like avocado though, so I just made a little of the sauce for myself. You don’t need much. The spices — I LOVE spice but I must say I had to have an open window while cooking as it about choked me out. I may have used too much too… Not sure. This was also the first attempt (I succeeded!) at making quinoa and I learned that you must follow directions from the packaging about washing it first, or it tends to taste dirty. It was much better the second time. I used only 1 1/2 cups of the stock the second time as well, because the first time it was runny. Second time was perfect. I can’t wait to make this again, it is so good and so filling and so healthy!!! XO

  21. I made this dish last night and will definitely make it again, only with no salt that the recipe called for in the cilantro/salt/pepper/lime zest and lemon juice mixed in with the quinoa. There was already enought salt in the chicken broth, and the addition just made it too salty. But other than that, it was a delicious dish. Thank you

  22. Oh my goodness, Stefanie, this looks absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing this. I stumbled upon it via Pinterest. Do you have any suggestions as to how to make the avocado cream sauce dairy free? Thank you!

    • I don’t like Greek yogurt so I have taken to adding a spoonful or two of guacamole (Brand: Wholly Guacamole-classic, found in refrigerated produce section). I love it!

  23. Stephanie says:

    Made this last night, it was so easy and delicious!! Everyone loved it except the 5yr old, who loved the chicken but not the quinoa (he said it was too sour, so maybe I will cut back on the lime a bit next time, or maybe use half lime half orange).

  24. Found this recipe on Pinterest and tried it last night–it was really good and super easy! I posted my experience making the dish in my blog.

  25. So I just made this tonight, after the hubby not so subtly told me my cooking horizons needed broadening. I didn’t have quinoa on hand, so I used brown rice, and added about a half cup of black beans tossed in paprika and cumin. Then I threw the chicken, rice and beans over a green salad with avocado. It was AMAZING. So good my hubby wants it to be in the normal rotation. I have to remember to leave some rice without lime, next time. I couldn’t bribe them into loving it. lol

  26. Je suis très heureux de faire cela. Je fais cela pour mon mari pour notre dîner d’anniversaire.

  27. Sherry in Union, KY says:

    I enjoyed everything about this dish, but my husband and teenage son were less enthusiastic. Thanks for the recipe!

  28. This recipe is excellent! Husband and daughter both loved it. Scored so high my 21-yr-old daughter even wants to prepare this meal as a romantic dinner for her boyfriend, now that’s impressive!!

  29. Thanks for this post! I’m so excited to make this. I love anything with cilantro and lime. And it seems so easy! I found this article about other quinoa recipes from around the world in Stowaway Magazine. The address is: Thanks, Stefanie!

  30. YUM!!!! I think the creamy avocado sauce will make the dish!:) Can’t wait to make it tonight!!

  31. This recipe is amazing. I was so impressed by how well it turned out (I’m more of a baker than a cook). For the life of me I cannot find quinoa at my grocery store, so I used rice instead. Thanks for the recipe!

    • i had a hard time finding it too. i ended up finding it in the gluten free and organic flours & grains section if your grocery store has one. i thought it would be in the rice section but nope. it is a bit spendy but i heard its a lot better for you than rice. i’m trying this recipe tonight though so we’ll see.

  32. Wow this meal was so full of flavor and so delicious! Our first experiment with quinoa and it was a huge success! Thank you so much!

  33. Found this on pinterest! Trying this tonight for dinner except we’re using pork tenderloin instead of the chicken!

  34. dang, that was good! To the sauce, I added salt and lime juice. Can’t believe how flavorful this was! I just used a Blackened seasoning rub already in a jar, and added some cumin for that cilantro-ish flavor. Turned out divine. Thanks for sharing!!

  35. found your recipe on Pintrest and I am making it for dinner right now. Thanks so much for posting it!

  36. My family really enjoyed this dish

  37. I realize this post is several months old, but I had to comment! Made this for dinner tonight and we were so impressed with this meal!!! Killer! Thanks for the recipe!!

  38. Hannah Beth says:

    I used coconut Greek yogurt in the avocado sauce….delicious! My first time to try quoina though…can’t say I’m a big fan. But overall this is fabulous!

  39. Made this for my wife tonight and she really loved it… two-thumbs way up for gluten-free goodness!

    Also, didn’t quite have all the seasonings in my spice kit (subbed onion- for garlic salt, and cayenne pepper for allspice), but it still turned out quite good.

    Happy wife, happy life.

  40. cant wait to make this however I really dont like cilantro, would if make a huge difference to leave it out? thanks

    • Stefanie says:

      You could substitute parsley or any other fresh herb you like. It will taste fine it you leave it out all together though.

  41. Made this tonight. It was so good!!!!!! My husband said he would pay money at a restaurant for this. Thank. you

  42. This was delicious, everybody loved it! One of my go to meals now. Next time, I will sauté some onion and jalapeño for the hubby to add to his Quinoa because he likes the extra heat & the onion-y taste. Thanks for the delicious & healthy recipe!

  43. earthmotherscreation says:

    Awesome recipe!!! My husband loved it!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  44. Made this last night and it was DELICIOUS! I had never tried quinoa before.. it was yummy! The lime and cilantro (the best seasoning duo in my book) was perfect. I chopped up some fresh jalepenos and added it to it for an extra little kick. I also added extra cayenne pepper to the rub (can you tell that I have a “spicy tooth”? LOL) My avocado sauce didn’t turn out very good though, I used nonfat Greek yogurt so I don’t know if that had something to do with it. Overall, it was a great meal- I had left over quinoa and chicken, so I shredded the chicken, put it in a whole wheat tortilla with a little WW mexican blend cheese, fat free sour cream with some left over black beans :)

  45. Kimberly Lebovitz says:

    So to add a little kick I added one jalapeno, the juice of 1/2 a lime, and some cilantro to the avocado cream, and I used 3 avocados. And I grilled the chicken instead of doing it in a pan.

  46. I just made this for dinner and it was AMAZING! I chopped two jalapenos and two banana papers (because I have a ton in my garden) and sauteed them to add the quinoa. The avocado cream sauce was delicious too!

  47. This looks fabulous, and the best part is that I have almost everything on hand except the limes! Totally adding this to this week’s menu plan. Thanks for posting!

    • Stefanie says:

      Thanks for the compliment! I hope you enjoy it!

      • I’m not a fan of avacados. Do you have another suggestion for a sauce?

        • Stefanie says:

          Instead of avocados I would mix a handful of cilantro, lime zest, lime juice and some greek yogurt together in a food processor until smooth. That should still go with the blackened chicken and cut the heat a bit. You could also toss in a jalapeno or some roasted red peppers instead of the avocado.

  48. I tried this tonight and it turned out great! My first time making quinoa and I love it. Thanks for a great recipe and site!

  49. We just had this for dinner…. YUM!!!!

  50. If you like a little kick.. had a little horseradish cream to the avocado cream sauce ! yum!!

  51. Ok… the avocado sauce itself was worth its weight in gold. I added salt, pepper and cilantro and think I could put it on cardboard and it’d be amazing. Seriously…. DELICIOUS.

  52. Jenifer says:

    I made this for my boyfriend last week. We both loved it! I added in a little bit of the chicken broth when I made the chicken in the pan. Mainly because I accidentally burned my chicken (wasn’t paying enough attention). Delicious! Brought in the leftovers the next day for work and ended up giving the recipe to everyone around me! Looking forward to making it again soon!

  53. Delicious looking meal!

  54. just made this two nights in a row…it is AMAZING. not that there aren’t enough good reviews already. i have been trying to turn my boyfriend on to quinoa for a while now, and this recipe did the trick! i added chopped garlic to the spice rub for the chicken. the second time i made it, i was out of avocado, so i used greek yogurt with a dash of cumin, onion powder, lime juice and chopped cilantro for the sauce. it was really tasty-kind of like a tzaziki. thanks for your recipe! look forward to making more of them :)

  55. Jeannine says:

    I just made this tonite….a huge hit! I used 4 chicken breasts, doubled the rub, Instead of 1C quinoa and 2C chicken stock, I used 1 1/2 C quinoa and 3C chicken stock. I added chopped green onion to quinoa cilantro mix and ended up only using zest from one lime and half the lime juice (taste test for level of limey-ness) I also doubled the avocado sauce and only used a fork to mash avocado and mix in greek yogurt (sauce is fabulous!) The best part was it only took me 20min from start to finish!

  56. I made this tonight and it did so much more than not disappoint. It was fantastic and the whole family ate it! The kids thought the quinoa was a bit too limey (the adults did not agree), so I may reduce that for next time, which will be soon, to be sure. Thank you for posting this amazingly delightful taste bud treat!

  57. Courtnee says:

    I made this for lunch and it was AWESOME!

    I did make a few variations; I don’t like Quinoas so I used rice, which I cooked in a rice cooker using chicken stock instead of water (I’ll use a little less chicken stock next time). And I left out the chives since I’m allergic. It was still plenty flavorful.

    And since I’m not freaked out by a little gluten I used actual sour cream mixed with avocado and it was amazing! I then sprinkled fresh lime juice over the rice and chicken!

    I can’t wait to have the leftovers tomorrow for lunch!

  58. Made this tonight. LOVED it! Not only was it super easy but the kids gobbled it right up!


  59. Chelsea says:

    Made this last night and it was a big hit! The avocado cream sauce was delicious! Thanks for the great idea =)

  60. Wow, this looks awesome. Blackened chicken is one of my favorite meals and this quinoa looks great!!

  61. Seeing as this recipe was posted on my birthday I think that it’s a sign that I was meant to LOVE it! I made it tonight and I literally licked my plate clean. Thanks! :)

  62. Found this on pinterest, and made it for supper tonight. The whole family loved it! Definitely a keeper. Enjoying your blogposts very much!

  63. Wow! Made this for dinner last night and not a drop leftover! Why have a never made this avocado sauce before? So delicious. Thank you :)

  64. This looks exceptionally good! Especially the avocado cream sauce!

  65. Absolutely loved making this recipe! It was incredibly tasty & easy to make. I’m doing a “new year’s challenge” of finding & making one new recipe every week this year, so was overjoyed to find yet another dish that is not only easy, but is actually healthy & tasts amazing. Thank you so much! :)

  66. I came across this recipe on Pinterest. It is delicious! I used Trader Joe’s tri-colored organic quinoa and made a couple of changes (out of necessity!). First, I used low sodium vegetable stock instead of chicken stock. I also added a bit of diced tomatoes. Third, I don’t have a mixer, so I just mashed up the avocado and mixed it with the Greek yogurt. I really liked the lumpy texture of the sauce with the chicken. Thanks for sharing this!

  67. Just made this for dinner! (however I subbed coconut milk for yogurt in the sauce)
    It was delicious!

  68. This was AMAZING! I had a prepackaged Brown Rice and Quinoa bag that we cooked, and used cottage cheese instead of Greek yogurt. New Dunning-ville Favorite!!! Thank you so much for sharing :) My somewhat picky family was pleased, and even kissed the cook ;)

    Have a delicious night,

  69. Jennifer says:

    My avocado sauce came out too thick. Any suggestions? Also when you say cream do you mean heavy whipping cream or what cream are you talking about. Kinda new at all this. Haha!!

    • Stefanie says:

      I would combine half of an avocado with two to three tablespoons of Greek yogurt or sour cream in a food processor. To thin it out I would add some lime juice or a tablespoon of olive oil. If it still seems too thick for you, keep adding more lime juice/olive oil or Greek yogurt/sour cream. Hope that helps!

  70. Jennifer says:

    My husband and I loved everything about this recipe- it was so good!! In fact, we have made it every Monday night for the past 4 weeks, ha :)

  71. I found this recipe on Pintrest and finally made it for my parents’ birthday dinner. It was a huge hit. My husband and I liked it so much we made it again the next week. The avocado sauce was my favorite part. So simple but so good. Thanks!

  72. Amazing! I made this tonight and it was beyond delicious! Family loved it so much, we are putting it into our rotation! Thanks for sharing!

  73. This looks so great. The colors are even pretty together! Always up for great quinoa and chicken ideas. Thanks!

    ~ Tiffany

  74. eating it now.
    nom nom nom!

  75. I used your recipe as a springboard for what I had in the fridge tonight. Subbed turkey loin for chicken. Subbed grapefruit for lime. Added green onion and sundried tomatoes to quinoa because my husband hates cilantro and believe it or not…It was great! Thanks so much!

  76. Made this for dinner tonight and it. was. AMAZING! little bit spicy and completely delicious. I thought it was nice to try a recipe without onions and garlic (although i love them both) because i won’t be tasting and smelling garlic all night. This means: good recipe for date night! haha

  77. i found your recipe via pinterest… read all the ‘this is delicious’ comments… and then made this awesome dish! thanks so much. it was so good. i know i will make it again very soon. i am sharing in on my blog post today! (with credit to you, of course!). can’t wait to try some of your other recipes now. :-)

  78. Sarah W. says:

    found this on pinterest and i’m psyched to make it next week!!!!!! gotta get back in that healthful groove of things ;)

    • Sarah W. says:

      Any suggestions on a good green veggie to “pair” with this? Was thinking green beans (BORING) or maybe brussels sprouts cuz i love those.

      • Stefanie says:

        All of those sound great! I would also suggest black beans, red bell pepper, and maybe a little corn. That would go well mixed in with the quinoa.

      • Judy Weiss says:

        How about fresh asparagas…… I put ina glass pan with little bit of water. Sprinke with sea salt & a bit of garlic. Cook in micro for 8 min., drain & squirt with lime!

  79. Hi Stephanie, looks like a great recipe…will give it a try this week. I definitely need to work on my winterized body. Just one little suggestion. When I went to print the recipe, it printed everyone’s comments, which added 7 pages. If there’s anyway to keep it from doing that on your end that would be great. Otherwise, I would suggest when someone prints this, set your printer to just print pages 1-5.

  80. Jean Aman says:

    How do I print this out? I hit “print” and it all printed…all 10 pages of comments and everything :) I only wanted the recipe ! Cant wait to try !!!

  81. Thank you for this recipe. The chicken was delicious. I followed the quinoa part of the recipe but it was super sour! Am I missing something? I had to add some sweetener to it to make it edible. Do you use anything to sweeten the lime?

    • Stefanie says:

      I’m sorry that was your experience with the recipe. You could cut the lime juice in half and add a tablespoon of olive oil to cut the lime.

      • I made this for dinner this evening and it was fabulous. I added two tsp of lime juice to the avocado cream sauce. I also cooked the chicken for 5 min per side on an oven-proof pan and finished in the oven for 8 min at 350. Loved this recipe!!!!

  82. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I made it tonight for dinner and everyone loved it– including my 5 year old who claims everything is too spicy! I forgot to buy an avocado at the market, so I pulled my tzatziki sauce out and it was perfect.

  83. This was great – made it a couple of days ago and will make it again in a couple of weeks for a dinner gathering. I’ll try the suggestion above to add cream to the avocado sauce (or trying sour cream instead of yogurt), as mine turned out too thick. But the flavor combo of the chicken, quinoa, and sauce was delicious.

  84. I made this tonight (sans Cilantro) and it was AMAZING. Defintely a new regular in the dinner rotation. Thank you!

  85. I found you on Pinterest and made this recipe tonight. WOW!…I mean WOW!! This is possibly the best chicken recipe I’ve had in a very long time! Amazing. Thank you! :)

  86. Audrey Burton says:

    Tried this tonight and LOVED IT!! I adjusted the amount of lime juice as it was too much, but may try it another time with both limes. I also added 1/4 cup cream and some ciltrantro to the Avocado sauce. Very yummy and will make this again.

  87. Amanda B. says:

    Came across your recipe on pinterest and made it for dinner this evening. It was delish! You are really talented!

  88. This was amazing! I made it for dinner tonight and felt compelled to thank you for this wonderful recipe :) my family absolutely loved it and requested that I add it to our “favorite recipe” book! My kids loved the “green sauce” and I wish I had made a double batch – it would be great to dip with chips too. Thanks again for posting this recipe. We will certainly be having it again and again!

  89. I made this today…. It was wonderful! I offered to share with my husband and father-in-law, but they refused and I am so glad I got it all to myself!

  90. Made this tonight and it was so, so good! I’ve had it pinned for ages and finally made it. I made the avocado cream with sour cream because I had it on hand. The spice mix for the chicken was perfect. We’ll definitely make this again! Thanks for sharing. :)

  91. I am cooking this as we speak! Found you on pinterest.

  92. Thank you for this great recipe. My husband wasn’t hungry when I made it…but he cleaned the plate. He told me I need to make this recipe all the time.

  93. Angela Payne says:

    Made this a few days ago and my husband and I LOVED it! PERFECT! I am always trying to fun new and fun recipes for chicken that he will like because I made it so much that he gets tired of chicken…GASP! I cannot fathom it, but alas he is one who gets tired of it. So thanks SO much for a winner of a recipe that I can serve to my husband that makes him smile for sure!

  94. Just made this – delicious! Great recipe…

  95. Natalie says:

    Just added this to my weekly meal plan!! Can’t wait to make it!! Would it totally ruin the taste if I omit the cayenne pepper for my kiddos? Hubby and I will love it as is, but I have picky little eaters too. Thanks!! Your pictures are beautiful!

    • Stefanie says:

      It will still be flavorful without the cayenne. If you wanted you could always substitute taco seasoning for a tiny mild hint of southern spice.

  96. I just had this dish–AWESOME!!! Will definitely be making it again.

  97. Lisa C. says:

    This looks wonderful. Thanks for tonight’s dinner inspiration! YUM!

  98. I just stumbled across your blog via Pinterest! This dish looks awesome, I’ll have to try it out soon!

  99. Michelle says:

    Just tried this dish…so yummy!! Thank you for sharing.

  100. Tried this tonight and it was awesome!! Can’t wait to bring leftovers for lunch and put the quinoa and chicken over mixed greens. Only comment, for me it was way too much lime. Would only juice one lime at the most next time. Just found your blog and can’t wait for more new recipes to try!

    • Stefanie says:

      Thanks for the input! I really like lime juice ao maybe that is a good word of warning to pass along. I am glad you liked it besides the lime overload : )

  101. Michelle says:

    Found this what-looks-to-be delicious recipe on Pinterest. How many adults does this serve? Thanks!

    • Stefanie says:

      I made this for myself, my husband, and one of his friends. It definitely serves three but also can be two bigger servings.

  102. wows :) i just made this for dinner and my husband said, “this is one that you should make for guests!” (translation: if i need to impress people. ;) thanks!

  103. Quinoa must have some carbs. correct?

  104. This sounds amazing. I love anything blackened. I have yet to try quinoa because my store doesn’t carry it, but I am on a mission to find it soon.

  105. By the way, all of the pictures of your food are beautiful!

  106. This meal sounds amazing, but I’m a little confused about the yogurt sauce. Do you puree the skin of the avocado? I’ve never heard of doing that before. Thanks!

  107. We’re in Minnesota, so I completely get the “debbie downer” tactic. No point in enjoying the nice weather, you just have to keep it in perspective that it’s March lol!

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. It looks amazing and has been taunting me on pinterest!

  108. Amy Stew says:

    Excited about this one… : ) I can’t wait to try it.

  109. I like all the spices used in the marinate. I am sure the chicken is flavorful.

  110. Nothing like a Chicagoan to point out the posibility of crappy weather in the future. I have also been enjoying the perfectly lovely weather! When it was so perfect yesterday I informed my boyfriend that I NEEDED ice cream. Obviously.

    But that probably isn’t helping with my winterized body, is it? Whoops. Better make this meal for dinner soon, then…

    • Can’t wait as I am in the process to making this NOW! In response to Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out…there is NEVER a bad time to eat ice cream. We live in Nebraska and on Lincoln’s campus they have a dairy store with their homemade ice cream…I am a sucker, but luckily we don’t live within walking distance!

  111. pretty pics! I love the flavor combination of this :) i might omit the cilantro cause i’m not a huge fan of that herb but everything else is great!!


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