Hainanese Chicken Quinoa: Have a Happy Healthy National Day!

Are you familiar with quinoa?  It’s one of these superfoods that is high in fibre and protein which can be used as a substitute for rice. Because it is high in fibre and protein, it fills you up faster so you don’t have to eat as much.  You probably would have come across it in a salad at a buffet bar somewhere, but I’d bet you haven’t tasted the chicken rice version of it.  Its nuttiness actually complements the flavours of chicken rice very well!

Here is my Hainanese Chicken Quinoa for those who need a quick, delicious and conscience free meal!  The Tefal Multicook and Grains cooker has a preset function for quinoa that cooks the “grain” to a nice consistency.  Marinating the chicken breast and allowing it to gently cook on top of the quinoa produces a tender and juicy breast meat and I’ll bet you will be surprised by how delicious breast meat can be if it is cooked properly!


Group A
Quinoa 2 cups (cup provided by cooker)
Water 600ml
Hainanese Chicken Rice premix 1 sachet (I used Dancing Chef brand which is free of msg)
Pandan leaves 5 pieces
Edamame beans (Shelled) 1 cup

Group B
Chicken breast 200g (half a breast)
Sesame oil 2 tsp
Chinese wine 1 Tbsp
Salt 1/2 tsp
Cornflour 2 Tbsp
Water 1 Tbsp


Wash and drain quinoa.  Turn on the multicook and grain cooker and set to browning function.  Fry premix briefly till fragrant.  Add quinoa, water, edamame beans and pandan leaves and set to cook.

In the meantime, slice chicken breasts and season ingredients in Group B.  Set aside.

Once the quinoa is ready, the cooker will beep twice.  Open the lid and spread the chicken on top of the cooker.  Close the lid and leave for 10mins.  After 10 mins, fluff the quinoa and serve!

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