Yogurt Marinated Chicken Skewers with Avocado & Apricot Quinoa

As apricots have such a short season, if you cannot find them, substitute with peaches, blackberries, or even dried cranberries or dried cherries. The quinoa salad can be assembled ahead of time, but don’t add the nuts until serving or they will lose their crunch. Marinating the chicken in yogurt keeps it tender and provides a zippy tang that goes so well with the herb-flecked quinoa.

Yogurt Marinated Chicken Skewers with Avocado & Apricot Quinoa

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
As apricots have such a short season, if you cannot find them, substitute with peaches, blackberries, or even dried cranberries or dried cherries. The quinoa salad can be assembled ahead of time, but don't add the nuts until serving or they will lose their crunch. Marinating the chicken in yogurt keeps it tender and provides a zippy tang that goes so well with the herb-flecked quinoa.
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Servings 6

Ingredients
 

For the chicken

  • 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • 3 large garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint, or use dried oregano
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground sumac, optional
  • 6 skewers, or more depending on the size of your skewers

For the quinoa

  • 1 cup rainbow quinoa
  • 1 small avocado, peeled, pitted and cubed
  • 2 small apricots
  • ½ cup crumbled feta
  • ¼ cup toasted and salted pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dill
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
  • juice from ½ lime
  • 1 ½ tablespoons champagne vinegar, or use white wine vinegar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus a little more for oiling your pan

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 375 F or heat your grill.
  • Combine the ingredients to marinate the chicken, yogurt through sumac (if using), and whisk in a medium bowl. Cut the chicken into chunks, I like to use kitchen shears for this, and place in the marinade. Let it sit at room temperature for 20 minutes, or refrigerate for a few hours.
  • Meanwhile, cook your quinoa. Place the quinoa in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water by 2 inches. Bring to a simmer and cook until the grains are soft, about 25-30 minutes. Drain in a mesh strainer and return to the pot over low heat. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and let the grains steam for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let them sit while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  • Put the chopped shallot to one side of a large, wide serving bowl. Add the lime juice, vinegar, salt, pepper and honey. You don’t need to mix it all at this point, but make sure the shallot is submerged in the vinegar and juice, as the acid will take away some of the sharpness. On the other side of the bowl, place the avocado, apricot, feta, pistachios, dill and cilantro. Set this aside. (If your bowl isn’t wide enough to hold everything, leave the avocado etc. out until ready to toss the salad all together).
  • Divide the chicken among the skewers, pushing the pieces tightly together. Place on an oiled baking sheet and bake, turning once, for 15-20 minutes until cooked through. If you are grilling the skewers, oil your grill grates and cook the chicken skewers, turning a few times, until they are cooked through.
  • While the chicken is cooking, finish up the quinoa salad. The grains should still be warm. Spoon them over the side of the bowl with the shallot mixture and toss to coat. Pour three tablespoons of olive oil over the grains, and once they are not steaming anymore, incorporate the rest of the contents (avocado, apricots, cheese etc) of the bowl into the salad. Taste for seasoning. You may need to add a bit more salt, and I always prefer a little more acidity to my grain salads and will sprinkle a little more vinegar over the grains. But this is up to you.
  • When the chicken is finished, place the skewers on top of the quinoa and serve.
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