Quinoa in chicken broth

Quinoa is an easy side dish that packs a bigger nutritional punch than plain, white rice. From writer Caitlin Murray Giles, who tested this out in her own kitchen: “A big hit! This is definitely going to be a new dinnertime staple.”


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 small shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Rinse and drain quinoa in cold water before cooking. Put olive oil into a large saucepan. Add chopped shallot and cook on medium low until translucent. Add quinoa and toast for a few minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook until all of the liquid is absorbed (about 10-15 minutes).
  2. When quinoa is fully cooked, the grain will appear translucent and the germ ring will be visible along the outside edge of the grain. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add roasted veggies or leftover chicken to turn quinoa into amain dish.
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