I love poached chicken and the secret is not to overcook the chicken. I use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature to be sure it's cooked through. You could also use cold roasted free-range or organic chicken instead if you like.
Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a very nutritious gluten-free seed "grain" that originated with the Aztecs. It is a starchy carbohydrate food that supplies some minerals as well and about the same amount of protein as couscous when prepared. I love the nutty texture and versatility of quinoa and serve it often in the form of a salad or to accompany a hearty casserole. Always rinse quinoa in a sieve under running cold water before cooking to remove slightly bitter compounds it contains when unwashed.