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Easy Quinoa Fried Rice with Chicken Drumstick

  • Author: Nkechi Ajaeroh
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 - 3 1x
  • Diet: Low Calorie


When you want flavor, color, yummy, and nutritiousness all loaded in one bowl, you go for this dish. This quick and easy quinoa fried rice is incredibly easy to make, and very tasty!

A great addition to your family’s weeknight dinner, or lunch, this heart-healthy quinoa recipe is equally an unmatchable side dish! Oh, and did I mention that it is low calorie, you can’t beat the magic of this dish.


  • 2 cups of cooked quinoa
  • 1 and half cup cups of mixed frozen vegetables (you can use fresh)
  • 2 tsp. of olive oil
  • 1/3 cup of onions
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. of paprika
  • ¼ tsp. of seasoning powder or ½ a Maggi cube

OPTIONAL: warm tomato salsa:

  • ½ cup of grape tomatoes (cut into halves)
  • 1 Roma tomato (diced)
  • ½ cup of red/purple onions (sliced)
  • 1/3 sliced bell pepper (any color works, but is used yellow)
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • ¼ tsp. of seasoning powder or ½ of Maggi
  • 12 tsp. olive oil


  1. Wash and cut all the vegetables and set aside. Then set a pan on a medium heat stove, and add the oil, as soon as it heats up, start sautéing the vegetables. Begin with onions, garlic, and then frozen vegetables. Sautee at 2 minutes interval or less, as the vegetables are cooking sprinkle a dash of salt, pepper, the seasoning powder or bouillon or Maggi cube and the paprika. Stir everything together, taste for flavors, and then add the quinoa.
  2. Cook everything for the next 4 – 5 minutes or until both the quinoa and vegetables are married together. Taste and adjust flavors, accordingly. Serve with baked chicken, and top with warm salsa.

For the warm tomato salsa:

  1. This is an optional step. Sautee the ingredients starting with the cut Roma tomato, then add some sliced red onions and sliced bell peppers. Then add some salt and pepper to taste and seasoning. Finish by finally adding the grape tomato halves, cook everything for another minute, and this warm salsa is ready.


I served this recipe with oven-baked chicken drumsticks, and it was a sumptuous lunch.

Make this recipe vegan by not serving it with drumstick. Or replace it with tofu.

Usually my quinoa is already pre-cooked in well-seasoned broth, so I normally add less bouillon seasoning, little to no salt. If you cook your quinoa with plain water, then your recipe may change a bit, and you may need to add more seasonings. Always taste as you go.

Remember to always add salt according to your taste or according to your health needs.

If you will be cooking quinoa from scratch then the total time may slightly increase.

The warm tomato sauce is totally optional.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Quinoa, fried rice, quinoa fried rice, healthy dinner, lunch, quinoa recipe, weekday dinners, quinoa salad, easy quinoa recipe, quinoa recipe,

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