Three-Grain Curried Pear Chicken with Acorn Squash

by Alexandra

Hmmmmm…What to have for dinner…?
How about something fresh, seasonal, spicy and nutritious?
“So…What’s for dinner?”
Curried Pear Chicken with a mix of Three Cardamom-Spiced Grains, Roasted Acorn Squash and a fresh Spinach Salad


Start by rinsing 1/2 cup of Quinoa in warm water for 2 minutes. Pour into an 8×8 baking dish, add 1/2 cup brown rice and 1/2 cup Medium Barley. Add 3 cups water, and 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom. Sprinkle on some freshly ground black pepper, cover tightly with aluminum foil, and bake in a 375-degree oven for 1 hour..
Wash, halve and remove the seeds from two Acorn Squash. Spray lightly with olive oil, and set on a non-stick cookie sheet (also lightly sprayed). Bake in a 375-degree oven for 45-50 minutes..
For the Curried Chicken, thinly slice a large yellow onion and chop two cloves of garlic. Heat 1 tbs of olive oil in a deep pan, and cook, covered, for 3-5 minutes, until onions become golden.
In a medium bowl, mix together two chopped (very ripe) Bosc pears, and a 15.5 oz can of diced tomatoes, drained and rinsed very well. Stir in 1.5 cups of dry white wine.

Add about 1 tablespoon of curry, 1 teaspoon of turmeric, 1 teaspoon of paprika, 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom, and 1/4 teaspoon each of nutmeg, ginger and crushed red pepper flakes. Sprinkle in about 3/4 teaspoon of caraway seeds.

When Onions have just begun to brown, and are lightly golden…

Stir in the spiced-tomato-pear mixture.

Add 1.5 cups of cubed, cooked chicken breast, and 1/4 cup of grated Asiago Cheese. Add more wine if the mixture is too dry, and simmer, uncovered for about 5 minutes. Replace lid, and drop heat to the lowest setting until rice and acorn squash are done cooking.

In the mean time, tear a few handfuls of clean spinach leaves into a bowl. Add 3 chopped mushrooms, a few quartered zucchini slices, some chopped raw pecans, a few dried cranberries, and about a tablespoon of grated Asiago cheese. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil and 1-2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar. Toss.

Dinner is Served:

A closer look:

Looks delicious, non?

It was.
When timed correctly, this meal will take exactly one hour to prepare.