Quinoa Maya Chicken Bake

Ouinoa Maya Chicken Bake

This is a really delicious and healthy recipe. It’s made with quinoa, which is a whole grain rice grown in its natural environment, the Andes Mountains of Peru. The native soil and climate affect its taste, scent and texture.

The Incas called quinoa “the mother of grain” and fed it to their warriors before battle. Today it is referred to as a “supper grain” as it has many health benefits including a balance of essential amino acids. There are 23 known essential amino acids, and our bodies make only 10 of them. That requires that we eat foods that will provide the other 13, and quinoa does that for us when we consume it.

For that very reason our featured recipe is Quinoa Maya Chicken Bake. Are you questioning what does Maya have to do with the recipe? The Maya’s were native’s that spread their influence to Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and western El Salvador to as far away as central Mexico, more than 620 mi from the central Maya area. The many outside influences found in Maya art and architecture are thought to have resulted from trade and cultural exchange rather than direct external conquest.

Today the few Mayans that exist grow there own coffee beans in the known areas that they dwell. The coffee is very good and is known as Mayan Coffee beans. The flavors of coffee beans, either poor flavor or rich flavor, all depends on the earthy soil and climate the coffee tree is grown in. The Mayans know how to grow their coffee beans.

The spices we used in our featured recipe is a Maya Coffee Rub that was purchased at the Whole Foods Market.

Here is what you will need:

ingredients needed for Quinoa Maya Chicken Bake

Click Image to Enlarge to View Ingredients for the Maya Coffee Rub

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Next cook the quinoa according to package instructions and set aside.

steaming vegetables for Ouinoa Maya Chicken Bake

Put your frozen fresh vegetable mix into a steamer and steam according to package instructions. You can use your choice of vegetables that you prefer. When done, set steamed vegetables aside in a large bowl with a lid over it.

While the vegetables are steaming, prepare the chicken breast for marination. Cut the chicken breast crosswise, 3 times. Cut each section into one inch chunks.

marinating chicken breast for Ouinoa Maya Chicken Bake

In a measuring cup, mix the Maya coffee rub, vinegar, and oil. You can also choose to use olive oil if you wish. Place cut chicken into a large bowl and pour spice mixture over meat. Mix up meat with the spice mix till chicken is well coated. Set aside for about 30 minutes for flavors to infuse.


close up baking chicken in Nu wave oven for Ouinoa Maya Chicken Bake

After chicken has marinated for 30 to 40 minutes, place onto a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until chicken is done. The meat should cook fast, as it is cut thin. Here we baked ours in a counter top Nu wave oven. set aside when done.

bowl of steamed vegetables

Next take the bowl of vegetables, pour in the one cup of quinoa, and meat. Mix up the ingredients in the bowl until will incorporated.

Ouinoa Maya Chicken Bake

Plate and serve. That Maya Coffee Rub, is a bit spicy. But oh boy what flavor it has!! I believe, if the Mayans from the past could taste this dish, they would approve.

If you wish, you can use 1/4 slice of turkey breast in place of chicken. Turkey was the main staple meat of the Mayans over 3000 years ago.

 

Sources on the Mayans:

Mayan Civilization 

 

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8 thoughts on “Quinoa Maya Chicken Bake

  1. With the exception of the spices and seasonings, essentially the same as “kotapilafi” a chicken and rice dish I was raised eating, from my mother’s recipe from Skyros, one of the Aegean Islands.

    • I looked up Kotapilafi, and it looks very good. Different cultures around the world have their version of Chicken and Rice.

      It is also in my bucket list to visit Greece, I hope one day. 😉

      Thanks Roger for reading and sharing your comment.

      Regards,
      Randy

  2. My husband is from Peru and we have eaten it for quite some time now. I’ve never heard of Maya Coffee Rub, though.

    • If you have a Whole Foods Market near you, purchase some. I believe it only cost me about $3.00 for the 2 ounce.

      The instructions say to use 4 tsp. per use. But I only used 3 tsp. as sea salt is the first ingredient. 4 tsp. seem a bit salty to me.

      Thanks for reading and commenting Jackie.:)

      Regards,
      Randy

  3. The Mayan Coffe rub sounds delicious. You can read the ingredients on the package. We do not have this product in Sweden where we live at this time. I have eaten quinoa and liked it. I will have to try and make my own rub with Maple syrup sausage seasoning and try this.
    Honey

    • Honey here is a recipe that might be substantial to the Mayan Coffee Rub
      ⅓ cup fresh ground coffee (dark french or Italian roast)
      ¼ cup cocoa powder
      ⅓ cup dark brown sugar
      1 tbsp smoked paprika
      1 tsp cinnamon
      1 tsp cayenne pepper
      1 tsp sea salt
      Instructions
      Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container like a mason jar.

      Also you can buy Mayan Chocolate and Mayan Coffee on-line.

      Let me know what you think about this!!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      Regards,
      Randy

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