Cheesy Baked Quinoa with Chicken and Veggies

Cheesy Baked Quinoa with Chicken and Vegetables

Written by Becky

Occasionally you come across a recipe that you instantly know you’ll be making for years to come.  This recipe for Cheesy Baked Quinoa with Chicken and Vegetables was exactly that for me.  The recipe is adapted from a recipe on Half Baked Harvest for Caprese Quinoa.  I added in some veggies, broccoli rabe this time, and some chicken, and changed up some measurements, but I’m so grateful for the inspiration (thanks Tieghan).

Cheesy Baked Quinoa with Chicken and Veggies

My favorite dishes are ones you can easily adapt with whatever produce or herbs you have on hand. Luckily, I still have a small bit of fresh basil in the garden to throw into this dish but if you don’t have fresh basil use whatever you have or use dried.  For veggies, the same applies. I used broccoli rabe this time but I may try kale or carrots next time. Aso, I use my canned marinara sauce that we make every year but feel free to use whatever favorite jar you have on hand. And for the chicken, you can use leftover rotisserie chicken, cook up to chicken breasts, or just omit it all together and double the veggies. Simple, right?!

Cheesy Baked Quinoa with Chicken and Veggies

As a mom now, I feel extra drive to get a handful of family recipes in my belt. You know, the ones your kids love and request from time to time.  Maybe it will be my comforting lemon chicken soupveggie enchiladas or my pancake recipe. I’m hoping this dish will make the list, so far at least Josh and I love it!

Cheesy Baked Quinoa with Chicken and Veggies

“…now that I am a mother, I understand what motherhood is about: it’s about looking through our lives and recognizing the act of mothering everywhere we see it, and more than that, recognizing that when any of us mother– when we listen, nurture, nourish, protect–we’re doing sacred work.”

-Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet

Cheesy Baked Quinoa with Chicken and Veggies

Somewhere deep inside me the need to nourish others, especially my family, resides. I want them to feel satisfied and even enjoy the special time of sharing a meal.  So, it all starts now, I guess.  I’ll be continuing to fill up my repertoire of family recipes and sharing my progress along the way.  I would love to hear some of your family favorites! Cheesy Baked Quinoa with Chicken and Veggies

Cheesy Baked Quinoa with Chicken and Vegetables

Rating: 51

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

a quick and healthy weeknight meal with baked quinoa, chicken and veggies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa (2 cups cooked)
  • 2 cups of fresh veggies (I used broccoli this time), chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups of your favorite tomato sauce (12 ounce jar)
  • 2 cups cooked chicken (rotisserie chicken works well or cook 2 chicken breasts)
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt or heavy cream
  • 1 cup mozzarella
  • 2 tablespoons basil, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium sized pot, cook 1 cup quinoa in 1 3/4 cup boiling water. Turn down to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. In a sauté pan add a tablespoon of oil and sauté the chopped veggies that you chose (about 3 minutes). Add in tomato sauce and chicken. Stir in cream or Greek yogurt, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in the quinoa and basil. Once combined, grease a square 9x9 baking dish and pour the entire quinoa mixture into the dish. Top with mozzarella.
  5. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes and then turn the broiler on and broil for 2 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbly.

Notes

Any vegetable may be used but my favorites are zucchini, broccoli, or kale. Also, you may omit the chicken and double the veggie size for a vegetarian version.

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Comments (11)

  1. If I can convince Wes that quinoa is good for him
    this would be great! Maybe you can give me some
    ammunition. He’s been doing no carbs but I think
    quinoa is better for you than pasta right?

    • Oh yes… quinoa is much better for you than pasta and it absorbs the flavors of the liquid around it so it takes on any yummy flavors that you cook it in. It is more closely related to spinach than to a grain actually – random, right?! So just tell Wes to think of the Pop Eye man and maybe he’ll want to eat it ;) A few other health benefits – anti-inflammatory, high in calcium, antioxidant. Good luck friend! Here’s an article all about its nutrition benefits- http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?dbid=142&tname=foodspice

  2. We loved this! I was hesitant at first because there were no onion or garlic in the recipe :) but we ended up loving it! We made ours with Swiss chard, carrots and red bell peppers. Yummy! Thanks for the recipe.

  3. I love this recipe!!! I have made it 3 times now and switched it up each time. I am a vegetarian so I use whatever veggies I have on hand. Portabella mushrooms are a great add to give it a “meat”. I have used different quinias also, red quinoa is a rich flavor to add. Everyone I share it with loves it! Thank you!

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