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Pesto Ranch Chicken and Quinoa


posted: 08/15/13

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Let me just take a super quick break from all the snuggles to introduce you to Tanya from Lemons for Lulu! I love love love Tanya! She is super supportive of other bloggers, sharing their stuff all the time, and not only that, but she gets it when I tell her that I’ve had the absolute longest day on the planet and maybe we should virtually share a glass of wine . . . at 3:30 in the afternoon.

Besides that she’s an amazing chef! Take a peek at her Stove Top Pastitsio or her White Chocolate Butterscotch Cashew Cookies, which I definitely need to make for Nathan’s birthday.

Thanks for being here Tanya!!

Healthy doesn’t have to be boring! This chicken and quinoa is drizzled with a pesto ranch dressing to make this a light and tasty, yet satisfying meal!

Pesto Ranch Chicken and Quinoa

Thank you Lisa, for allowing me to guest post today! Wine and Glue is one of my favorite blogs! I love Lisa’s writing and her ideas. This is an honor!

My family and I just got back from vacation. Like any human, I LOVE vacation! Yes, I love the fun, family time, but I also love the fact that vacation means I DON’T HAVE TO COOK!. I love cooking and being in the kitchen, but as a stay at home mom, I’m in the kitchen a lot! I always get a little dizzy with the excitement at the prospect of not having to plan meals, do dishes or cook up one single thing. For a week, I get to be served.

Pesto Ranch Chicken and Quinoa

The problem is, by the end of the week I am so tired of buffets, fried food, soft drinks, burgers and chips! I feel stuffed, greasy and well done. I can’t wait to get home and fill my body with fresh fruits and vegetables. I long for meals made with my own hands in my own kitchen with ingredients I gathered myself!

Pesto Ranch Chicken and Quinoa

After a week of cookie cutter restaurants, I found myself craving quinoa. I just started throwing things in with my quinoa and came up with this! There are so many flavors in this meal between the seasoned chicken, the cherry tomatoes, the feta and the marinated artichokes. The pesto ranch dressing drizzled over the entire dish was like icing on the cake! It was delicious, healthy and satisfying!

After eating this, I felt good again. I felt lighter and healthier and happy to be in my own kitchen! However, then I had dishes to do and a kitchen mess to clean. I see pizza in our very near future!

Pesto Ranch Quinoa with Chicken

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb chicken tenders cubed
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 6 oz jar marinated Artichoke hearts
  • 1 cup yellow peppers, diced
  • ½ cup Feta cheese crumbled
  • ¼ cup Ranch dressing
  • 2 tablespoons Pesto
  1. Prepare quinoa according to package directions substituting chicken broth for water.
  2. Meanwhile, heat skillet with olive oil. Season chicken with seasoning adding salt and pepper as desired. Cook chicken until no longer pink, about 6-8 minutes. Remove.
  3. Combine quinoa and chicken in a serving bowl. Add tomatoes, artichokes and peppers stirring to combine. Top with Feta. In a small bowl, combine Ranch and pesto. Drizzle dressing over quinoa and serve.

Thanks Tanya!! That looks incredible!! It will have to be one of the first dishes I make after I get back from my own vacation!

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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  1. Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips says

    This sounds awesome, Tanya! Hope you are having a fun trip, Lisa!

  2. Susan Maxwell says

    This Quinoa and Pesto Ranch Chicken sounds heavenly! I am copying it off and will make it for sure! Thanks for sharing it. If/when I post it on my blog I will give Tanya credit.

  3. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me says

    Ohhhh pesto ranch and feta cheese. Those were good decisions right there. After a weekend out with these guys over here I feel the same way— how do they eat so many cheeseburgers?!
    This is such a great recipe!!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I know, I can’t wait to make this recipe! I want Tanya to be my sister and make me meals weekly :)

  4. Megan says

    I just made this recipe and boy was it good! I added avocado and some other minor things. The cilantro ranch was perfect on top! I’m hoping to post it on my blog soon! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Megan says

    This is such and amazing recipe! I just made it and boy was it good! I added avocado and a couple other things and it was delightful! I would love to blog it. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m glad you liked it Megan! Tanya from Lemons for Lulu is AMAZING! If you don’t follow her yet, you should! :)


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