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Baked Sesame Soy Chicken Breasts
with broccoli / carrots / quinoa

Active: 30 minTotal: 50 min
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This simple and flavorful sesame soy vinaigrette adds a wow factor to baked chicken. Served with sauteed broccoli and carrots over quinoa, this is an easy weeknight dinner you can feel good about! Featured in 2013, we updated the recipe to include carrots.

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Baked Sesame Soy Chicken Breasts:
  • Quinoa, uncooked - 3/4 cup
  • Stock, any type - 1 1/2 cups
  • Broccoli - 10 oz, chopped
  • Carrots - 8 oz, sliced
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 1 lb, halved
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Sesame seeds, white (opt) - 2 tsp
  • Foil - for baking
  • Hot sauce (opt) - for serving
Sesame Soy Vinaigrette:
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 2 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, rice - 2 Tbsp
  • Oil, toasted sesame - 2 tsp
  • Brown sugar - 1 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1/4 cup

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Make vinaigrette - Whisk together soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, brown sugar, and cooking oil (portion for vinaigrette). Add some hot sauce if you’d like a bit of spice. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Quinoa - Combine quinoa with stock in a saucepan. Add some salt. Bring to a boil covered. Lower heat, keep covered, and cook until liquid is absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Broccoli / Carrots - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Chicken - Halve chicken breasts and tenderize with a fork. Pour 1/3 of vinaigrette over chicken and marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to 1 day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

Make

  1. Remove chicken from marinade (discard marinade) and season with some salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oven to 400F / 204C degrees.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add first part of cooking oil (portion for chicken) and then chicken to heated oil (cook in batches if it won’t all fit at once). Sear on each side for ~2 minutes and then move to a baking dish. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
  4. Cover baking dish tightly with foil and then transfer to oven until chicken breasts are cooked through and reach 165F / 74C degrees, 6 to 8 minutes.
  5. While chicken is cooking, wipe the skillet clean and return to heat.
  6. Add second part of cooking oil (portion for chicken) and then broccoli and carrots to heated oil with some salt. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Add in 1/3 of the vinaigrette and cover with a lid. Steam vegetables, covered, until tender, ~3 minutes.
  8. If quinoa was made ahead, reheat in the microwave.
  9. Serve chicken and vegetables over quinoa. Drizzle remaining 1/3 of vinaigrette over top. Add some hot sauce if you’d like. Enjoy!
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Reviews

This meal has 32 reviews

Very good and kid friendly.

By: Shauna
Posted: Dec 17, 2018
Diet: Gluten-free

It was a relatively healthy and easy meal, but nothing too exciting in there.

By: Shawn
Posted: Dec 11, 2018
Diet: Original

Pretty bland even though I marinated overnight -- definitely needed the hot sauce.

By: Sundi
Posted: Dec 09, 2018
Diet: Paleo

Made extra sauce and added a can of water chestnuts. More of a stir fry and very good.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Dec 09, 2018
Diet: Gluten-free

I subbed fish for chicken and it worked out really well. I roasted the broccoli and also roasted the carrots with a little bit of honey (the kids loved them) instead of sautéing them.

By: Judith
Posted: Dec 06, 2018
Diet: Original

Really really tasty! Subbed in chicken thighs (and added a bit of butter to the quinoa ;)) and thought the marinade was absolutely fantastic!

By: Whitaker
Posted: Dec 05, 2018
Diet: Original