Blackened Chicken and Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Blackened chicken and cilantro lime quinoa is the most popular recipe on my site. It is because the blackened chicken and cilantro lime quinoa are both packed with flavor and take little time to make from scratch. It is a gluten free easy weeknight meal. Leftover blackened chicken and cilantro lime quinoa also taste great tossed with a little salad the next day.

Blackened Chicken and Cilantro Lime Quinoa | Sarcastic Cooking

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! Blackened chicken and cilantro lime quinoa to the rescue.

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 with cilantro lime quinoa

Chicken seared with a nice and mild spice served alongside cilantro lime quinoa.

Course Entree
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 People
Author Stefanie


  • 2 Tbsp Canola oil
  • 1/4 Tsp Onion powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Smoked paprika
  • 1/4 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 Chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 Cups Water
  • 1 Cup Quinoa
  • Juice and zest of 1/2 lime
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1/4 Cup plain non fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tsp Lime juice


  1. Comine all dry seasonings in a small mixing bowl. Season each side of the chicken breast liberally with the seasoning mix.

  2. Heat the oil in a medium pan over medium high heat. Add chicken to the hot pan. Seat for 5-7 minutes on each side. 

  3. Add the water to a small pot. Bring to a boil. Add quinoa and cover with lid. Cook according to the packaging instructions.

  4. Add lime juice and zest to the quinoa along with cilantro and salt and pepper. Mix and fluff to combine.

  5. Let the chicken rest in the pan while the quinoa cooks and while you make the avocado crema.

  6. Add the avocado, Greek yogurt, and lime juice to a food processor along with some salt and pepper. Purée until smooth. 

  7. Serve chicken on top of quinoa with some of the avocado crema.


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!!! If you love this recipe, try these easy balsamic lemon chicken quinoa bowls or roasted pepper pesto.

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      Thank you for trying my recipe!

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    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!

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    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).

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

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    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!!

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      Awww! I love it! Thanks!

  • Lindsey
    October 22, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    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!

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

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    October 5, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    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!

    • Krystal
      January 13, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      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.

  • Devon
    October 3, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    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!

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    September 25, 2012 at 4:34 pm

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

  • Michelle
    September 18, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    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!!

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    August 29, 2012 at 8:18 pm

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  • Sheila
    August 28, 2012 at 4:05 pm

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

  • Blackened Chicken with Cilantro Lime Quinoa | intheiversonkitchen
    August 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    […] with Cilantro Lime Quinoa Posted on August 27, 2012 by intheiversonkitchen I made this dish over the weekend as we had some friends coming to dinner. It was delicious, although I found the […]

  • Shaina Suneson
    August 27, 2012 at 6:34 am

    My family really enjoyed this dish

  • Mary
    August 23, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    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!!

  • My Favorite Pinterest Recipes
    August 16, 2012 at 8:08 am

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  • Hannah Beth
    August 13, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    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!

  • Spiced Chicken with Couscous and Avocado | saladcheese
    August 8, 2012 at 8:04 pm

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  • Josh
    August 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    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.

  • kerry
    August 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm

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

    • Stefanie
      August 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm

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

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  • Amanda
    August 2, 2012 at 8:17 pm

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

  • Kayla B
    July 26, 2012 at 11:10 am

    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!

  • earthmotherscreation
    July 25, 2012 at 8:15 pm

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

  • Erica V
    July 21, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    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 🙂

  • Kimberly Lebovitz
    July 20, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    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.

  • Beth
    July 17, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    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!

  • Antof9
    July 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    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
      July 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks for the compliment! I hope you enjoy it!

      • Brandy
        July 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm

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

        • Stefanie
          July 23, 2012 at 8:13 pm

          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.

  • Meal Plans: Greek Orzo Salad | So Says KitSo Says Kit
    July 13, 2012 at 5:51 pm

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  • Mandy Williams
    July 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    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!

  • Hope
    July 10, 2012 at 5:19 pm

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

  • Quin-WHAT? | Ky Cooks
    July 9, 2012 at 9:49 pm

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  • This Weeks Menus and Pinterests Interests 7.7.12 | Over The Big Moon
    July 9, 2012 at 10:05 am

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  • RH
    July 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm

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

  • BaltimoreMommies: Summer Suppers | suppers
    July 3, 2012 at 10:09 am

    […] something summery and gratifying for cooking this weekend?  You should really cruise creation this Blackened Chicken with Cilantro/Lime Quinoa and Avocado Yogurt Sauce.  we done it final weekend and it was so flavorful, juicy, and lovely that we are putting it into a […]

  • Amanda
    June 27, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    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.

  • Blackened Chicken with Cilantro Lime Quinoa « windykitchen
    June 27, 2012 at 7:38 am

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  • Jenifer
    June 25, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    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!

  • Blackened Mahi With Cilantro Lime Quinoa |
    June 25, 2012 at 8:20 pm

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  • RecipeNewZ
    June 24, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Delicious looking meal!

  • Weekend Links, Read ‘em or Else
    June 22, 2012 at 6:39 pm

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  • kelly
    June 21, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    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 🙂

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  • Jeannine
    June 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    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!

  • Eat Like Me
    June 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    […] is it? Blackened Chicken with Avocado Crema and Cilantro Lime Quinoa.  Recipe from here.  Thanks for the awesome suggestion […]

  • Adrienne
    June 10, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    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!

  • Courtnee
    June 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    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!

  • oh amanda
    June 1, 2012 at 6:44 pm

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


  • Chelsea
    May 26, 2012 at 4:09 pm

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

  • The thing I did wrong and the thing I did right « Me Cook Yummy One Day
    May 22, 2012 at 8:32 pm

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  • Blackened Chicken with Cilantro Lime Quinoa and Avocado Cream Sauce | The Spiffy Cookie
    May 21, 2012 at 9:00 am

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    May 21, 2012 at 5:12 am

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  • Kendall Bajek
    May 17, 2012 at 9:57 am

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

  • Alyx
    May 14, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    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! 🙂

  • Pam
    May 14, 2012 at 8:48 pm

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

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    May 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm

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  • Life’s Lessons: Around the (Blog) World
    May 10, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    […] If you’d like to try a yummy, healthy & easy dinner meal, try making this Blackened Chicken with Cilintro Lime Quinoa.  Yum.  Just be sure while you’re browning the chicken to have adequate […]

  • Alycia
    May 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    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 🙂

  • Elissa
    May 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    This looks exceptionally good! Especially the avocado cream sauce!

  • Chicken with Avocado Cream Sauce « Three More Bites…
    May 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm

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  • Sarah Storm
    May 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    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! 🙂

  • Pinterest Dinner « The Domestiquete
    May 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    […] However, I was dabbling on Pinterest today and found the most delicious looking dinner and just had to make it tonight.  I give you…Blackened Chicken and Cilantro Lime Quinoa. […]

  • unsolicited advice. « simply, brooke.
    May 8, 2012 at 6:19 pm

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  • Chris
    May 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    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!

  • Andrea
    May 7, 2012 at 10:19 pm

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

    • Stefanie
      May 7, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      Great idea! Glad you liked it.

    • kay
      June 14, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Was just wondering what to substitute for the yogurt! I’ll try coconut milk since it sounds like you had good success with it!

      • Stefanie
        June 14, 2012 at 11:20 am

        You could use sour cream. I haven’t used coconut milk but I guess a tablespoon of that would work to thin it out too.

  • Sara
    May 7, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    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,

  • Jennifer
    May 7, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    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
      May 7, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      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!

      • Hannah {Bonne Nouvelle}
        August 14, 2012 at 10:54 am

        Mine did too. I thinned it with lime juice. Next time I’ll add half an avocado too. It was fabulous. The whole meal! So easy, delicious and packed with protein! Thanks for sharing.

  • Jennifer
    May 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    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 🙂

  • DO IT: Mix Up Your Menu « N + C
    May 6, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    […] on our dinner. I promise that my cupcake obsession has not gone that far…yet. This recipe (here) was awesome. We traded the quinoa for couscous and added cilantro, lime juice and jalapeno to the […]

  • Julia
    May 2, 2012 at 7:39 am

    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!

  • Mollie
    April 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    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!

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    April 23, 2012 at 10:53 pm

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  • Tiffany Youngren
    April 21, 2012 at 3:18 am

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

    ~ Tiffany

  • bd
    April 20, 2012 at 11:21 am

    eating it now.
    nom nom nom!

  • Jerri Yager
    April 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    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!

  • Margaret
    April 17, 2012 at 10:31 am

    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

  • julie
    April 17, 2012 at 2:58 am

    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. 🙂

    • Stefanie
      April 17, 2012 at 5:40 am

      Thank you! I will be sure to check out your blog.

  • Sarah W.
    April 17, 2012 at 2:31 am

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

    • Sarah W.
      April 17, 2012 at 2:32 am

      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
        April 17, 2012 at 5:41 am

        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
        April 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm

        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!

  • Weekly Eats
    April 16, 2012 at 10:15 pm

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  • Linda
    April 16, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    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.

    • Stefanie
      April 16, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      Sorry about that. I am dabbling and trying to resolve the issue on my end.

  • Blackened Chicken and Cilantro Lime Quinoa | Oh the noms!
    April 16, 2012 at 1:33 pm

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  • Jean Aman
    April 16, 2012 at 11:47 am

    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 !!!

    • Stefanie
      April 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      Oh geez! Sorry about that. I will look into how to fix it!

    • Antof9
      July 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      Just click on File/Print Preview instead of going straight to “print”, and then you can choose the pages you want to print. I picked pages 3-6 🙂

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  • Laura
    April 13, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    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
      April 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      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.

      • Sandi
        February 27, 2014 at 5:42 pm

        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!!!!

  • Jaime Dubei
    April 13, 2012 at 11:07 am

    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.

  • Joanna
    April 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    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.

  • Heather
    April 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm

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

  • Shannon
    April 11, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    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! 🙂

    • Stefanie
      April 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      Wow, yourself! Thank you so much!!!

  • Audrey Burton
    April 11, 2012 at 10:00 am

    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.

  • Amanda B.
    April 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm

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

  • Katie
    April 10, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    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!

    • Stefanie
      April 10, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      Thanks, thanks, thanks! I am glad you all enjoyed it so much!

  • Bex
    April 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    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!

  • Molly @ Duchess of Fork
    April 10, 2012 at 11:08 am

    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. 🙂

  • Linsey
    April 10, 2012 at 10:08 am

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

  • Laura
    April 8, 2012 at 2:45 am

    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.

  • Angela Payne
    April 7, 2012 at 8:13 am

    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!

  • Emily
    April 6, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Just made this – delicious! Great recipe…

  • Natalie
    April 5, 2012 at 1:03 am

    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
      April 5, 2012 at 1:40 am

      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.

  • Carla
    April 4, 2012 at 10:14 am

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

    • Stefanie
      April 5, 2012 at 1:38 am


  • Lisa C.
    April 4, 2012 at 6:53 am

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

  • Chels R.
    April 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm

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

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    April 1, 2012 at 12:53 pm

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  • Michelle
    March 31, 2012 at 1:28 pm

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

  • Katy
    March 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    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
      March 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      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 : )

  • Michelle
    March 28, 2012 at 1:20 pm

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

    • Stefanie
      March 28, 2012 at 2:04 pm

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

  • chelsea
    March 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    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!

    • Stefanie
      March 27, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Awesome! Thanks! I am glad you guys liked it!

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  • Maureen
    March 26, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Quinoa must have some carbs. correct?

    • Stefanie
      March 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm

      Oh geez! I feel like a dummy. I corrected my post. Thanks!

  • Lane @ Supper for a Steal
    March 23, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    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.

    • Judy Weiss
      April 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      try to find it in a heath food store!

      • Jamie
        May 4, 2012 at 9:22 am

        You can buy it in bulk at Whole Foods, its much less expensive then at a local supermarket.

  • Kristin
    March 23, 2012 at 10:29 am

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

  • Kristin
    March 23, 2012 at 10:10 am

    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!

    • Stefanie
      March 23, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Sorry for the confusion. It’s just the flesh of the avocado, not the skin or the pit.

      • Kristin
        March 23, 2012 at 10:28 am

        Ok, thanks. For some reason skin and flesh mean the same thing to me, haha! I can’t wait to try this!!

        • Stefanie
          March 23, 2012 at 10:41 am

          No problem, no worries! Thanks for your compliment!

  • leah @marital bless
    March 22, 2012 at 12:55 am

    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!

  • Amy Stew
    March 21, 2012 at 9:45 am

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

  • Quay Po Cooks
    March 16, 2012 at 9:36 pm

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

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out
    March 16, 2012 at 10:26 am

    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…

    • Janell
      April 14, 2012 at 9:31 am

      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!

  • Julie @ Table for Two
    March 16, 2012 at 3:14 am

    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!!