LighterLife low calorie recipe: Asparagus, quinoa and smoked chicken salad

June 11, 2014 - Recipes, Weight Management

ChickenSalad 1_HRJune is the perfect time for buying asparagus, and adding chicken and vegetables to low calorie recipes like this salad allows you to feel full without having a high calorie count.

Serves 2 607 kcal per serving
Protein 58g
Carbs 55g
Fat 19g

Prep time 5 mins
Cooking time 25 mins



  1. Dry-fry the sesame, cumin and coriander for 3 minutes in a non-stick frying pan over a low heat until they become fragrant. Tip them out onto a plate, stir in the chilli and nuts, and set aside.
  2. Wash the quinoa and put in a saucepan with 350ml (12floz) of cold water, bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Now add the asparagus to the quinoa and continue to cook for 5 minutes until the asparagus is tender and the water has been absorbed into the quinoa.
  4. Put the quinoa and asparagus into a large bowl, add the chicken, the tomatoes and the spice mix, and toss well. Season with black pepper then divide between two plates to serve.