Mediterranean Chicken Quinoa

(Please pardon the iPhone photo. Dead camera battery.)

I went out yesterday morning to survey the garden…and to make sure it survived our weekend away. I was pleasantly surprised to find lots of red grape-roma tomatoes, and a meal’s worth of green beans!  I picked some basil, parsley and oregano and then got to work.

So we’re calling this “Mediterranean” because it has olives. And olives are plentiful in the Mediterranean. And I’d really like to take a trip to the Mediterranean. (This weekend getaway to California really gave me the travel itch!)

And the real question from the video…is it “halving” or “halfing”?!?

Loved the variety of textures and how the flavors meshed…

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Mediterranean Chicken Quinoa

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 20 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cup quinoa ($1.25)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil ($.10)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed ($.10)
  • About 1 pint grape, cherry or grape-roma tomatoes (from the garden)
  • Small handful of fresh basil, parsley, and oregano, chopped (from the garden)
  • About 3/4 cup black olives, halved ($.60)
  • 2 chicken breasts, grilled and diced ($1.66)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Handful of green beans (from the garden)
  • 1 tsp olive oil ($.03)
  • Salt and pepper

Note: Substitute 1 15 oz. can of diced tomatoes, well drained, for the fresh tomatoes.


  • Cook the quinoa as directed on the box. 2 parts water to 1 part quinoa.
  • In a large skillet, add the olive oil and saute the crushed garlic for about a minute, then add the halved tomatoes and saute for another 2-3 minutes, or until tomato skins “wrinkle.” Then add the black olives and diced chicken and saute together for another minute.

  • Add the cooked quinoa into the Mediterranean Chicken mixture and toss. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Saute the green beans in the olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve Mediterranean Chicken Quinoa with Sauteed Green Beans.

Cost $3.74

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  1. says

    I love planning dinner as I walk through the garden picking! My green beans are done, but I have lots of cucumbers, tomatoes, basil and squash. Might do something similar as yours looks so good–even with the iPhone photo. 😉

  2. says

    That looks fantastic! Both of my teenagers will be home for lunch tomorrow, so I think I will surprise them with this rather than make them forage through the fridge. 😉

  3. says

    Thank you for doing another quinoa recipe! This one looks yummy and really seems easy. I think I’ll omit the olives and call it “psuedo Mediterrean Chicken quinoa” :)
    Your beans are producing like mine–enough here and there for a meal but not enough to freeze.

  4. Susan says

    How are you getting 2 chicken breasts for $1.66? That’s $4 on sale in my area and I don’t live in an expensive area. I wind up cooking meatless meals because of the cost. Is there a secret I don’t know about?


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