Crock Pot Salsa Chicken Quinoa Casserole Recipe

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Give rotisserie chicken new life with this super simple & delicious crock pot chicken casserole recipe. Packed with quinoa, chicken, veggies & salsa, this is about to become your new go-to hearty meal! All you need to do is arrange the ingredients in the crock pot and walk away.

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken Quinoa Casserole Recipe - Give rotisserie chicken new life with this super simple and delicious casserole. Packed with quinoa, chicken, veggies, and salsa, this is about to become your new go-to hearty meal! All you need to do is arrange the ingredients in the crock pot and walk away.

Hey Hey! Happy Friday! People, we have just 1 more week until the big day! And while all your social media feeds and emails are packed with all those gorgeous Christmas recipes, I’m just over here giving you another daily meal idea. Hope you don’t mind because, life ain’t all about cookies and candy canes. 😉

BUT, it should BE!

However, this Crock Pot Salsa Chicken Quinoa Casserole comes with a story. THIS seriously delicious crock pot dinner comes from one of my new favorite cookbooks written by one of my friends, Trish Rosenquist from Mom on Time Out.

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IF anyone ever asked me about what type of a cookbook would I wish for, my answer would have been, disguising chicken leftovers as new meals. Isn’t that everyone’s wish?

Then, it’s like the cookbook-Gods heard me and had Trish write this book! Seriously. I mean, who comes up with 100 recipes all involving rotisserie chicken? TRISH! That’s who!

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken Quinoa Casserole Recipe - Give rotisserie chicken new life with this super simple and delicious casserole. Packed with quinoa, chicken, veggies, and salsa, this is about to become your new go-to hearty meal! All you need to do is arrange the ingredients in the crock pot and walk away.

I first met Trish at a Bloggers Press Trip a couple of years ago. From the get go, she completely impressed me with her creative recipes at the General Mills Kitchens. Apart from delicious, they were just so beautiful and imaginative. If you have not been by her blog, Mom on Timeout, hop on over there and be prepared to print out all her recipes.

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken Quinoa Casserole Recipe - Give rotisserie chicken new life with this super simple and delicious casserole. Packed with quinoa, chicken, veggies, and salsa, this is about to become your new go-to hearty meal! All you need to do is arrange the ingredients in the crock pot and walk away.

This Crock Pot Salsa Chicken Quinoa Casserole Recipe was so easy and exactly what I was looking for.

As you know, my favorite kitchen appliance is my crock pot, and my favorite food to cook with is chicken, thus this recipe was born for ME! What’s more is that this recipe is one of those, ‘set it and forget it’ meals. You just layer all the ingredients inside the crock pot, cover, and let it goooo…. let it goooo…. just let it beeeee … why don’t you be you and I’ll be meeee…

Ahem. #sorrynotsorry. 2 daughters under the age of 7 is my excuse.

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken Quinoa Casserole Recipe - Give rotisserie chicken new life with this super simple and delicious casserole. Packed with quinoa, chicken, veggies, and salsa, this is about to become your new go-to hearty meal! All you need to do is arrange the ingredients in the crock pot and walk away.

SO. As I was saying. You guys, THIS cookbook is a lifesaver. When I first got it, I flipped through all the pages a dozen times, marking all the recipes I wanted to make. From soups, to 20-minute dinners, Trish has covered just about all and everything that you can make with rotisserie chicken.

This book is so helpful for all you busy families that do not have hours to spend in the kitchen. The book is divided into sections, making it easy for you to pick out a slow cooked dinner or a great big pizza. With Buy

Not into rotisserie chicken? (WHAT!?!?) Use your own cooked and shredded chicken.

ENJOY!

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Crock Pot Salsa Chicken Quinoa Casserole Recipe - Give rotisserie chicken new life with this super simple and delicious casserole. Packed with quinoa, chicken, veggies, and salsa, this is about to become your new go-to hearty meal! All you need to do is arrange the ingredients in the crock pot and walk away.
Crock Pot Salsa Chicken Quinoa Casserole Recipe
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Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
16 mins
 
Give rotisserie chicken new life with this super simple and delicious casserole. Packed with quinoa, chicken, veggies, and salsa, this is about to become your new go-to hearty meal! All you need to do is arrange the ingredients in the crock pot and walk away.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican/Southwest
Servings: 6
Calories: 488 kcal
Author: Katerina | Diethood
Ingredients
  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 8- ounces quinoa
  • 1 can (15-ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) sweet corn, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups salsa , use your favorite brand
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth , divided
  • 8- ounces shredded Mexican Blend Cheese
  • 1 can (4-ounces) diced green chiles, not drained
  • 5- ounces queso fresco , crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
OPTIONAL TOPPINGS
  • cilantro
  • tomatoes
  • avocado
  • green onions
  • olives
  • salsa
  • sour cream
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients - except 4 ounces of shredded cheese and 1 cup of chicken broth - in a 4 to 5-quart slow cooker; smooth out the top.
  2. Add the remaining broth and shredded cheese over the ingredients.
  3. Cover with a lid and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or on HIGH for 4 hours, or until the quinoa is fully cooked.
  4. Serve with your choice of toppings.
Nutrition Facts
Crock Pot Salsa Chicken Quinoa Casserole Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 488 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 87mg29%
Sodium 1305mg54%
Potassium 694mg20%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 895IU18%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 438mg44%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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42 Responses
  1. Kay Lanza

    This recipe was super easy and really tasty! I made it for my lunches for the week. I used raw chicken tenders and allowed them to cook with everything in the crock pot rather than getting a rotisserie, and it turned out pretty well.

    However, it was really liquidy, even after it finished. The quinoa was a little mushy and lost its texture because of it. I would definitely make this again, though maybe with less chicken broth and cut up chicken rather than tenders.

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi!
      That’s in Step #2 in the recipe;

      1. Combine all the ingredients – except 4 ounces of shredded cheese and 1 cup of chicken broth – in a 4 to 5-quart slow cooker; smooth out the top.

      2. Add the remaining broth and shredded cheese over the ingredients.

  2. terry stenson

    this is my second time making this recipe. this time I doubled it! which means it was fantastic!!!! thanks so much for a healthy and filling recipe.

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed it!! I love this recipe, too, because it’s filling, yet healthy and good for you.

        1. Katerina Petrovska

          Hi!
          It’s under Step 1 in the instructions;
          “Combine all the ingredients – except 4 ounces of shredded cheese and 1 cup of chicken broth – in a 4 to 5-quart slow cooker; smooth out the top.”

          Shredded rotisserie chicken is the first ingredient listed under “Ingredients”. I hope that helps.

  3. Cara Telford

    Is the nutritional info per serving or for the entire recipe? If it is per serving, what is a serving size? Thank you!

  4. Alex

    Hi, this looks delicious! I have a friend who doesn’t eat chicken. Do you think shrimp would taste good/ cook well in this, or would it be better to just leave out the protein? Thanks!!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Alex! I would say to leave out the protein because shrimp cooks real fast and, if you cook it for that long in the slow cooker, pretty sure you might end up with mush. You can cook the shrimp on the side and just fold it in once the quinoa is done. I hope that helps! 🙂

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Cassie!! I don’t use frozen chicken in the crock pot, but I do know that many people do, so you can definitely try it.

  5. holly

    Hey there! I’d like to make this for some guests this weekend but I can’t find where it says how many it serves? Can you please tell me?

  6. Janele

    This sounds really good! Has anyone mentioned using non rotisserie chicken (raw breasts or thighs)? I have that on hand, and trying to clean out the pantry/freezer! 🙂

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Janele!! Yes, you can definitely do that, but cook the chicken prior to adding it to the slow cooker. I hope that helps!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Rachel!
      No, it doesn’t matter – layer them however you feel like it. 😀 The only thing not to mess with is the broth at the end, and that last layer of cheese – let those two be last, and don’t stir in the cheese. Hope that helps! Let me know.

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi! Actually, it doesn’t. I thought the same before trying it, but no, it came together as it should have. 🙂

  7. Justine | Cooking and Beer

    I don’t know how you manage to make crock pot meals to look so beautiful, Kate! I basically want to be you. xoxoxo P.S. I am obsessed with Trish’s book too!

  8. Janet Pallavicini

    OK I just bought the cookbook and it is on it’s way/ Bought the quinoa for the crockpot chicken. It looks like chicken will be a big part of our diet in days to come So this should help. Also doing your mashed potatoes with the roast for Christmas dinner.
    It seems like you are having alot more ads on your site. I know, I know this pays the bill..

    Have a Merry Merry Christmas and enjoy the 2016 New Year.

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Trish, seriously, and in all honesty, this is the best concept for a cookbook and I am loving each and every recipe! A lifesaver for all busy families. AWESOME JOB, you genius, you!! ♥

  9. Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama

    Wow! This looks delicious, and I LOVE that it is made in the slow cooker. 🙂 I have this cookbook too, so this recipe just made my must-make next list.

  10. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    I am all over this dinner idea! Slow cooker is saving me these days! And I totally need to get this cookbook. Trish did such an amazing job!

  11. Chandra@The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen

    Oh My Gosh! Isn’t this the best cookbook! I adore my copy of it and have made quote a few. This should be next on my list and your photography is stunning.

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