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Quinoa Crusted Chicken in a black plate with roast vegetables

Quinoa Crusted Chicken

This Quinoa Crusted Chicken has a nice golden crispy coating covering a thin schnitzel like chicken breast. The quinoa flakes, walnuts, dried basil, oregano and chives come together to create a crust that is a little higher in protein than traditional breadcrumb varieties.  
Course Dinner
Cuisine Australian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 612kcal
Author Kim


  • 1 skinless Chicken breast 250 grams or half a pound (See note 1)
  • ½ cup Quinoa flakes
  • 2 tablespoons Walnuts crushed
  • 2 tablespoons Dried chives
  • 1 tablespoon Dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon Dried oregano
  • 1 medium Egg
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • Spray Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 2 small potatoes
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 small red capsicum/pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Crushed garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Handful of rocket or spinach leaves
  • 2 tablespoons tzatziki


  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees C/350 degrees F.
  • Vegetables: Roughly chop the zucchnin and capsicum/red peppers. Chop the potato into small cubes. Arrange on a baking tray, sprinkle with salt and a quick spray of oil. Bake for 15-20 mins.
  • In order to get two thin pieces of chicken breast from the one piece, pat it down and flatten it out with your hand, then make an incision on the side and cut it in half. To further thin them out, place a sheet of baking/kitchen paper over and press down several times with the palm of your hand, or use a meat mallet. You are aiming for chicken pieces approx. 1 cm to 1.5 cm thick.
  • Quinoa Crumb: Set out three bowls on a bench. In bowl 1, place the flour, in bowl 2, place the egg and milk (whisk together). In the 3rd bowl, place the quinoa flakes, crushed walnuts, dried herbs and salt and pepper.
  • Coat the chicken: Coat one piece of chicken in flour. Shake of the excess. Dip it into the egg wash, then press it into the quinoa crumb, both sides. Flip over a few times, each time pressing down into the crumb mixture so that it is completed coated. Repeat for the second one.
  • Cook the chicken: Heat a pan/skillet on medium to high heat with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the chicken and cook for 5 to 7 minutes each side, until cooked through and golden brown.
  • Plating up: Arrange spinach or rocket leaves on a plate, place the chicken on one side, the roast vegetables on another. Serve with a tzatziki on the side.


  1. You may be able to buy (raw) uncrumbed Chicken Schnitzel pieces from the supermarket (Woolworths) if you’re in Australia. This is what I often do when they are on sale and it saves me time having to prep the chicken before doing the quinoa crusting.


Calories: 612kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g