Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Quinoa Casserole.

For this month’s Secret Recipe Club, I was matched up with Heather’s blog, Join Us, Pull Up A Chair.  Heather started her blog as a way to keep track of her ever growing stacks of recipes and is delighted that’s it’s become so much more to her.  Oftentimes, her daughter helps cook alongside her, bringing back memories of cooking in the kitchen with her own mother.

Browsing through all of her recipes, there were a few that caught my attention, but ultimately, it was this casserole recipe that won out.  There’s something that’s just so satisfying about a casserole.  This one caught my eye because of the quinoa.  Ususally, you’ll see a casserole like this made with rice, and by substituting protein-packed quinoa, you’re giving yourself a little bit extra of a nutritional punch.  And since casseroles are generally uber-cheesy, any additional nutrition you can get is a good thing in my book.  I also added chicken in order to take the dish from a side to an entree.

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Quinoa Casserole – adapted from Join Us, Pull Up A Chair

  • 3/4 Cup Quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 Cups Water
  • 10 oz. Can Cream of Broccoli Soup (I use a homemade substitute)
  • 1/4 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cup Reduced Fat Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded, plus 1/2 Cup for topping
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 2 Cups Broccoli, cooked
  • 3 Chicken Thighs (or 2 Breasts), cooked and diced
  • Parmesan Cheese, for topping

Combine the rinsed quinoa and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and cover.  Cook for 18-20 minutes, until the quinoa is fluffy.  Set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 350.  Coat a casserole dish with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine the soup, yogurt, milk, cheese, sugar, pepper and nutmeg.  Stir in the quinoa, broccoli and chicken.

Spoon mixture into the prepared dish.  Top with reserved 1/2 Cup shredded cheese and parmesan cheese.  Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the cheese is golden and bubbly.

Let cool slightly before serving.



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23 Responses to Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Quinoa Casserole.

  1. I haven’t had much luck with quinoa but this looks really good. I bet even my picky kids would go for this!

  2. This looks great. I’d love to see what your substitute for broccoli soup was.

  3. So glad you liked the recipe! It’s one of our favorites. I usually serve it with a roasted chicken but I like how you added the chicken right into the casserole.

  4. Hi, I’d be interested in seeing how you made your homemade substitute of the cream of broccoli soup. I can’t eat the cream of “something” soups and have been trying to get down exactly how to sub them. This sounds great and I know we would love it! Thanks!

  5. Oh my gosh! Look how wonderful that looks! Great pick!!!

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  7. Yum! Looks delicious — I’m new-ish to quinoa so finding a different way to use it is exciting!

  8. This sounds like a healthier combination of broccoli casserole and chicken casserole. Love it!

  9. I can’t wait to try this!

  10. I love everything in this casserole – especially the quinoa. Great addition with the chicken! Speaking of chicken, I hope you’ll stop by and visit my SRC post for Honey Vinaigrette Marinated Grilled Chicken.

    :)
    ButterYum

    http://butteryum.blogspot.com/2011/11/honey-vinaigrette-grilled-chicken.html

  11. I have never heard of putting quinoa in a casserole. Looks healthy and delicious! Great being a part of SRC with you!

  12. This is a wonderful Casserole that we will really enjoy. This is a great pick for the SRC! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week.
    Miz Helen
    http://mizhelenscountrycottage.blogspot.com/2011/11/brussels-sprouts-salad-with-warm-bacon.html

  13. I’m always looking for a great quinoa recipe. Thanks! If you haven’t already, I’d love it if you’d check out my SRC recipe for Crockpot Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal.

  14. YUM! I am bookmarking this! I too would love to see you post the recipe for the homemade cream of broccoli soup!

  15. Your thumbnail picture and description totally grabbed my attention as I am always lookig at ways to nutritionally punch up family friendly comfort food. I have booked marked this and will definitely be making it. Loving your blog!

  16. I love this idea! I’m always looking for ways to ‘health up’ everyday dishes. Besides, I’m a quinoa fanatic. Thanks SRC !

  17. Sounds like a delicious and healthy casserole.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my group ‘A’ SRC recipe this month: Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

  18. I do like this healthier version of chicken, broccoli and rice casserole. Nice pick for SRC!

  19. I agree with the other commenters. You need to post your broccoli soup recipe sometime.

  20. We tried this tonight! What a hit with my kiddos!!! We all loved it. Thank you for sharing.

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