Recipe

Mediterranean Chicken & Quinoa

Mediterranean Chicken & Quinoa
Mediterranean Chicken & Quinoa

Quinoa is covered in deliciously seasoned chicken breasts, vegetables, cream, and savory Mushroom Paradise Spice Blend and then baked in parchment paper packets for a quick and convenient dinner.

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Ingredients

From The Spice & Tea Exchange®
1 tsp Paprika - Smoked Sweet
2 tsp Olive Sea Salt + more for finishing
4 tsp Mushroom Paradise Spice Blend
4 tsp Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

From the Grocer
4 chicken breasts, boneless & skinless (rinsed and dried with paper towels)
Ground black pepper to taste
1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and thoroughly drained
4 oz sliced cremini mushrooms
4 TBS unsalted butter
2 large shallots, peeled & thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, peeled & minced
½ cup green olives, pitted and roughly chopped
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
4 TBS dry white wine
4 TBS cream
4 fresh thyme sprigs
4 sheets of parchment paper, cut to 12”x17”
8 (10” inch) long pieces of butcher’s twine

Preparation

PREHEAT oven to 400°F.
SEASON chicken breasts with Paprika - Smoked Sweet, Olive Sea Salt, and black pepper, in a large bowl.
DIVIDE all remaining ingredients into four equal amounts. Lay parchment paper on counter and assemble packets one at a time, as follows:
PLACE ¼ cup quinoa in center of paper, followed by mushrooms, and 1 chicken breast on top of quinoa.
ADD butter, Mushroom Paradise Spice Blend, shallots, garlic, olives, tomatoes, wine, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, cream, and sprigs of thyme.
PULL shorter ends of parchment up over top of chicken and fold down towards chicken in small tight folds (like sealing a paper bag). Carefully twist side ends one at a time in opposite directions and tie with twine to create a tight seal.
TRANSFER sealed packets to a baking sheet and place in oven.
BAKE 35 mins, remove from oven and let rest 5 mins before opening, as contents will be very hot.
CUT an opening the whole way across parchment. Chicken may be served in or removed from parchment.
FINISH with additional Olive Sea Salt to taste. 

Yield: 4 servings
Total Time: 55 minutes
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes