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Grilled Orange Chicken with Onions and Quinoa

Last week I posted a recipe for a easy, refreshing, delicious Clementine Goat Cheese Salad.  I mentioned in that post, that I made this dish to go with it, and here it is!

I rarely use recipes (ironic, no?!), but one thing I love doing, is repeating flavors in the different dishes of the meal.  I used the same flavors in the chicken, the quinoa, and also the salad.  It cuts down on needing a bunch of different ingredients, and makes everything go so well together!

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What You Need… (feeds 4)

  • 4  Chicken Breasts
  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 Sprig of Rosemary or 1 Tablespoon
  • 1 Medium sized Orange
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • 1 Cup uncooked Quinoa (Omit or sub out with cauliflower rice for Paleo/Whole 30 option)
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste.

What You Do…

  • Pour Olive Oil, Garlic, Rosemary, and juice from half the orange, into a small bowl and stir.
  • Take 2/3rds of the liquid and pour over chicken breasts in a large bowl or zip lock bag.  Slice the other half of the orange and place inside bag/in bowl.  Salt and Pepper to taste.  Let that all marinate for 30+ minutes.  If you want to do this in the morning and let it marinate in the refrigerator all day…even better!
  • Slice Onion in 1/2 inch slices and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Light your grill to medium heat and let it get hot.
  • Take quinoa and either place in a rice cooker (what I did) and add left over 1/3rd mixture from above and cook.  It’s usually done in 20 minutes.
  • Or, if you don’t have a rice cooker, cook on stove top with 2 cups water plus added 1/3rd left over mixture.  Bring to a boil.  Lower heat and let it cook covered for another 15 minutes.  Let it sit for another 5 minutes covered but with the heat turned off.  Fluff it up.
  • While Quinoa is cooking place chicken, onions, and orange slices on the grill.  Cook on each side for 7-8 minutes (depending on breast size).
  • Layer quinoa in a serving dish (I drizzled a little of the salad dressing over the top, but you could just drizzle with a little olive oil), then top with chicken, onions, and oranges.



Paleo Spiralized Peppers with Tomatos, Mango, and Avocado Salad over Grilled Chicken

My parents bought me a spiralizer for my birthday, and I’m in LOVE!  I can’t wait to make “pasta” out of various veggies, but first, I tried it on some peppers.  It literally took me less than a few minutes to spiralize 3 peppers!  At first, I was just doing it to get them all pre-cut for the week, but then they looked so pretty, I decided to make a little salad out of them for dinner!  Eat as is or add chicken or fish for a delicious meal!Blog Paleo Spiralized Peppers with Tomatos, Mango, and Avocado Salad over Grilled Chicken-1 Blog Paleo Spiralized Peppers with Tomatos, Mango, and Avocado Salad over Grilled Chicken-2 Blog Paleo Spiralized Peppers with Tomatos, Mango, and Avocado Salad over Grilled Chicken-3 Blog Paleo Spiralized Peppers with Tomatos, Mango, and Avocado Salad over Grilled Chicken-4 Blog Paleo Spiralized Peppers with Tomatos, Mango, and Avocado Salad over Grilled Chicken-5 Blog Paleo Spiralized Peppers with Tomatos, Mango, and Avocado Salad over Grilled Chicken-6 Blog Paleo Spiralized Peppers with Tomatos, Mango, and Avocado Salad over Grilled Chicken-7


  • 1 Each of a red, yellow, and Orange Pepper Spiralized (or diced if you don’t have one)
  • 1 Mango cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 medium avocado cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • A handful Cherry tomatoes diced
  • 1 shallot diced
  • 4 chicken breasts marinated in the same ingredients used for the dressing. (omit for a delicious vegetarian salad!)


  • Juice from 1/2 a lime
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste


  • After you spiralize the peppers they will be in one continuous cut.  I loaded them all onto a cutting board and just cut the pile into 4ths.
  • Cut everything else up and toss in a bowl!
  • Put all ingredients for the dressing in a bowl and whisk til blended.  Pour over salad and toss to coat.
  • Serve over grilled chicken (or fish would be yummy too!)  Grilling on medium heat 8-10 minutes per size depending on the size of the breast.



Grilled Chicken, Onion, Plum, and Goat Cheese Salad

I had a craving for the Grilled Chicken, Onions, and Peaches with Avocado Tomato Salsa the other night.  I didn’t have any peaches on hand though and sadly my avocado’s weren’t ripe yet, so I did a variation and used some plums!

It wasn’t as delicious, but a close 2nd… 🙂blog Grilled Chicken Onions and Plum Salad with Goat Cheese Salad-4Ingredients (to serve 4)

  • 8 plums (I used ones that were almost ripe, but still a little on the firm side)
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 10 cherry tomatos (I used orange ones)
  • 4 Tablespoons of goat cheese
  • Handful of diced almonds
  • 4-6 Cups of salad greens.  Your choice, but I like to use a mix that has both spinach and arugula, because those wilt nicely.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (amount not measured, but will describe in instructions :))
  • Sea Salt and Pepper
  • Trader Joe’s Reduced Balsamic Glaze.


  • Light your grill and set it to a medium heat.
  • Cut your onion into 1/2 inch slices
  • Season the chicken breasts and onion with olive oil, sea salt and pepper.
  • Set both on the grill for 8-10 minutes (depending on the size of your chicken breasts)
  • Cut plums in half and lightly coat with olive oil and a little bit of sea salt.
  • At the 8-10 minute mark, flip both the chicken and onion and add the plums to the grill.
  • Cook everything for another 8-10 minutes until chicken cooked all the way through.blog Grilled Chicken Onions and Plum Salad with Goat Cheese Salad-2
  • During the cooking, cut tomatoes and break up the goat cheese over the salad greens in a big bowl.
  • Layer everything together.  Drizzle a little bit of olive oil and Trader Joe’s Glaze over each serving and ENJOY!!! 🙂blog Grilled Chicken Onions and Plum Salad with Goat Cheese Salad-8dit-elle-Lauren


Grilled Chicken Salad on a Portobello Mushroom // Paleo // Whole30

I saw these gorgeous Portobello mushrooms at Costco and had to make something with them.  The Huz was out of town, and we didn’t have the boys, so I had my parents over for a taste test.  I’m posting the recipe “as is”, but am noting things at the end I might do/add differently next time 🙂  All that said, I thought it was really good.  Maya chowed it down and asked for more 🙂

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Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 4 Portobello Mushrooms
  • 1 Large Sweet Onion (sliced into four 1″ thick slices)
  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • Handfull (about 8-10) cherry tomatoes
  • 3-4 small sweet peppers or I used 1/3 of a yellow, red, and orange pepper
  • 1 Shallot or thick slice of red onion diced
  • 4 Bay leaves (or you could use cilantro)
  • 1 large avocado
  • 2-4 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (basically whatever you need to marinate the chicken and drizzle on the onion and mushrooms)
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste (rosemary-optional)


You can do almost all of it in the Cuisinart if you are pressed for time (which I was).  In my mind I did thicker chunks of everything, but I ran out of time and just threw it all in the food processor :{

  • Marinade the chicken in olive oil, salt and pepper, and dried rosemary (optional)
  • Drizzle a little olive oil on the onion and mushroom and salt/pepper
  • Grill the chicken for 8 minutes each side (can do it on BBQ or on a grill pan inside)
  • During the last 8 minutes of the chicken, put on the onion and the mushrooms-turning after 4 minutes.
  • Toss red onions/shallot, tomatoes, and peppers into a Cuisinart and pulse a few times (or cut into 1/4-1/2″ pieces if you want a more chunky salad)
  • Add in Avocado (salt and pepper to taste.  I barely used any)
  • Once chicken is done, cut into 1/2″ cubes.  Can toss them into the Cuisinart too (which is what I did), or fold into cubed mixture.
  • Layer one onion slice on top of each mushroom and then pile on the salad!  I added Sriracha to mine for some added heat 🙂

What I might do/add next time…

I really liked it, but it was probably too healthy for the Huz and teenage boys… I think a few slices of diced bacon would be amazing!!  Or some freshly grated Parmeson… Maybe some finely diced jalepenos (not in Maya’s though!)?

If anyone makes it, I’d love to hear what you did differently!