Quinoa Chicken Broccoli Casserole is an incredibly healthy meal that the whole family would love. Quinoa, Chicken, Broccoli topped with cheese cooked slowly in a slow cooker.
I love easy one-pot dinner. And if it made in a slow cooker than it is even better, because all you need to do is dump everything and forget until dinner time. I always prefer healthy wholesome dinner which is filling and satisfying. This Quinoa Chicken Broccoli Casserole fits all the bill. With delicious Mexican flavours, this Easy Chicken Broccoli Casserole is one of our favourites.
Quinoa, Tender chicken, crunchy broccoli, peppers cooked slowly with tomatoes, Mexican spices and then there is a whole lot of cheese to make it the ultimate comfort food. One more amazing Slow Cooker Recipe added to the recipe collection. For the first time when I tested this recipe, I used Rice. Being a rice lover, rice was my default choice of grain. The Casserole came out so so good. Rice and Chicken make a perfect meal. If you love rice and Chicken, then you must try this INSTANT POT GARLIC HERB CHICKEN AND RICE. Everyone is loving this Rice and Chicken recipe.
This recipe turned out so good with rice that I wanted to try the same recipe with Quinoa. Honestly, Quinoa is not one of my favourite grain. For some reason, I never liked the wired texture and taste. It was very difficult for me to adapt to the taste.
But considering its health benefits, I slowly introduced this superfood in my diet. Until I tried this Quinoa Chicken Broccoli Casserole, the only thing I used to like was porridge. Cook Quinoa in milk and sweetener. Once cooked add nut butter and top it with fruits, nuts. Those yummy toppings used to hide the real taste of quinoa.
INGREDIENTS TO MAKE HEALTHY QUINOA CHICKEN BROCCOLI CASSEROLE
If you consider Cheese as a source of healthy fat, then all the ingredients in this Chicken Broccoli Casserole are healthy and nutritious. Quinoa and Chicken are the rich sources of protein. There is Broccoli, pepper which also increases the fibre content. You can also add Carrot, Zucchini, corn, red beans to it.
If you are looking for a vegetarian version, substitute chicken with Mushroom.
You can adjust the quantity of cheese depending on how creamy and cheese you want. Taco Seasoning ads a lot of flavours to it. You can substitute taco seasoning with any herb of your choice and add some paprika for the heat.
EASY CHICKEN BROCCOLI CASSEROLE
Making this Quinoa Chicken Broccoli Casserole in the Slow cooker not only easy but it also ads lots of flavours to the dish. Quinoa gets cooked to a creamy consistency with tender juicy pieces of chicken. I mean dinner can't be more easy and delicious than these. You need roughly 10 ingredients to make this Chicken Broccoli Casserole with Quinoa.
This recipe is like any other slow cooker recipes, where you dump everything and let it cook slowly. For maximizing the flavours, I have sauteed Onion and Garlic in a bit of Olive oil until fragrant and then added to the Slow cooker.
This recipe can easily be converted to Stovetop method. Take a heavy bottom pot to avoid sticking or burning. You might need a half cup of extra stock because of high evaporation on the stove top. Start with sauteing onion and garlic in Olive Oil. Then add Quinoa, Chicken, Red Bell pepper, Tomatoes, Taco Seasoning, Salt, pepper. Let it cook on medium heat until quinoa is cooked through. Then add Broccoli and cheese. Cook further for 8-10 minutes.
Quinoa Chicken Broccoli Casserole
- 1.5 cup Quinoa
- 1 pound Boneless Chicken Breast cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 Red Bell Pepper chopped
- 1 28 Oz crushed tomato
- 1 Medium Onion chopped
- 1 Tablespoon Garlic Minced
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil (See note)
- 3 Tablespoon Taco Seasoning
- 2 Cups Chicken Stock
- 2 Cups Broccoli Cut in to florets
- 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese More for serving
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Fresh Cilantro Leaves
- Start with Sauteeing Chopped Onion and Garlic in Olive Oil in a Pan until fragrant.
- Add Quinoa, Chicken, Red Bell Pepper, Tomatoes, Sauteed Onion and garlic, Taco Seasoning, Salt, Pepper to the Slow Cooker.
- Pour in Chicken Stock. Mix everything well. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 8 hours.
- 30 minutes before the finishing time, add Broccoli and half of the Cheese to the Slow cooker. Mix Well.
- Sprinkle rest of the cheese on top and Let it cook on high for another 30 minutes or until the cheese melts.
- Garnish with fresh Coriander leaves and Sprinkle more cheese while serving.
'PIN IT FOR LATER'
Delicious and healthy high protein😋😋