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Broccoli and Cheese Chicken Quinoa Casserole

This Broccoli and Cheese Chicken Quinoa Casserole is a healthy dinner idea that will rock your taste buds! A light and creamy casserole filled with broccoli, chicken, quinoa and cheese! 

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 410 kcal
Author Katerina

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa , rinsed*
  • 1 bag (16-ounces) broccoli florets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 to 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts , cut into cubes
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2- cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups 1%-milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper , or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder , or to taste
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 1/2- cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4- cup shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Grease a casserole dish with cooking spray.
  3. Layer quinoa on the bottom of the casserole dish.
  4. Top with frozen broccoli and set aside.
  5. Heat olive oil in a frying pan.
  6. Add chicken cubes and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until browned on all sides.
  7. Transfer chicken to the casserole dish. Set aside.
  8. Place a saucepan over high heat; add chicken broth and flour and whisk and cook until smooth, about 1 minute.
  9. Whisk in milk, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, chili powder, salt and pepper; continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until thickened.
  10. Pour sauce over the chicken-mixture in the casserole dish; mix to combine.
  11. Sprinkle cheeses on top and cover with foil.
  12. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the quinoa is thoroughly cooked.
  13. Remove from oven and let stand few minutes.
  14. Serve.

Recipe Notes

* Rinse quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer under cold water for 2 minutes.

Couple of commenters had issues with the quinoa being too crunchy or not cooking at all - I believe the reason for this is because you have to rinse the quinoa before adding it to the casserole dish. However, if hesitant, please precook the quinoa, then add it to the casserole dish and continue with the recipe as is.

WW SmartPoints: 11 

 

Nutrition Facts
Broccoli and Cheese Chicken Quinoa Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 410 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 322mg13%
Potassium 702mg20%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 430IU9%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 298mg30%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.