Quinoa Bowl with Chicken and Avocado Cream

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time30 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
1 1/2 cups red quinoa
1 cup fresh coriander leaves and tender stems, finely chopped, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 firm-ripe avocado, halved, pitted and cut into large chunks
1/4 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan
Juice of 1 lime, plus 1 lime, quartered
Pinch cayenne pepper
1 cup sweetcorn
2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken meat (from about 1/2 chicken; about 3/4 pound)
2 cups tortilla chips, crushed
1 cup store-bought or homemade black bean salsa
1/4 cup roasted and salted pumpkin seeds

Make the quinoa: Bring the quinoa and 2 1/2 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and gently simmer until the quinoa is tender (the little tails will pop out) and most of the water is absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes Drain off any excess water. Stir in the chopped coriander, spring onions, oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Serve warm or at room temperature. (The quinoa can be cooked, cooled and refrigerated, covered, for up to 2 days. Microwave just enough to take the chill off, about 2 minutes, stirring about halfway through.)

Make the avocado cream: While the quinoa cooks, process or blend the avocado, sour cream, Parmesan, lime juice, 1 tablespoon water, cayenne and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a food processor or blender until smooth and creamy.

If the corn still has a chill, microwave it for about 1 minute.

Build the bowls: Divide the quinoa evenly among 4 bowls. Top each with neat piles and/or rows of chicken, tortilla chips, corn, salsa and pumpkin seeds. Top with some sauce, a sprig of coriander and a lime quarter.

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