Broccoli Chicken Quinoa & Cheese Bake

13 Feb
Broccoli Chicken Quinoa & Cheese Bake

Broccoli Chicken Quinoa & Cheese Bake

Ya know, sometimes ya just need a casserole kinda thing in your life so this simple man`s plan to healthier eating today is Broccoli Chicken Quinoa & Cheese Bake. It`s a simple spin on that classic dish made with rice  just subbing in quinoa. One other change I made was with the preparation. My pet peeve with the original,  while the flavors were always there, is that the poor broccoli was always cooked to mush & basically beyond recognition. It adds a little more work but is so totally worth it in the end. Let`s get to it ok.

Broccoli Chicken Quinoa & Cheese Bake

Broccoli Chicken Quinoa & Cheese Bake

Here`s what you`ll need for your Broccoli Chicken Quinoa & Cheese Bake:
Quinoa- 1 cup well rinsed
Broccoli- 3 cups florets in bite size pieces
Chicken Breast- 1 lb boneless/skinless in bite size pieces
Cheese- 1 1/2 cups of your choice grated (I used Smoked Provolone)
Chicken Stock- 2 cups
Milk-1 cup
Dijon Mustard-1-2 tablespoons
Bread Crumbs
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The stars of the show.Broccoli Chicken Quinoa Casserole5

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Give a baking dish a good shot of cooking spray. Rinse the quinoa under running water in a fine mesh strainer. I usually rinse for a good 2 minutes. Add to the baking dish. Bring the chicken stock to a boil & add the broccoli.Broccoli Chicken Quinoa Casserole2 Cook until it turns bright green. About a minute & remove. Rinse under cool water to stop the cooking.Broccoli Chicken Quinoa Casserole4 Dice your chicken.Broccoli Chicken Quinoa Casserole3Grate the cheese.Broccoli Chicken Quinoa Casserole6Add the milk & Dijon to the pot of chicken stock & bring to a simmer. Pour in with the quinoa. Add the diced chicken.Broccoli Chicken Quinoa Casserole7

Stir to mix evenly. Cover tightly with foil and slide in the oven.Broccoli Chicken Quinoa Casserole8

Cook about 30 minutes and give a stir.Broccoli Chicken Quinoa Casserole9

Add 1/2 the cheese & stir again. Recover & back into the oven for 25-30 minutes.Broccoli Chicken Quinoa Casserole10

Remove & stir again.Broccoli Chicken Quinoa Casserole12

Add the broccoli on top of the quinoa mixture.Broccoli Chicken Quinoa Casserole13

Top with your remaining cheese.Broccoli Chicken Quinoa Casserole14

Top with the bread crumbs. Switch your oven to broil & return the dish uncovered for 5-7 minutes or until browned.Broccoli Chicken Quinoa Casserole15

Remove & wait 5 minutes or so to serve.Broccoli Chicken Quinoa Casserole18

Broccoli Chicken Quinoa & Cheese Bake

Broccoli Chicken Quinoa & Cheese Bake

Enjoy your Broccoli Chicken Quinoa & Cheese Bake!!

Broccoli Chicken Quinoa & Cheese Bake

Broccoli Chicken Quinoa & Cheese Bake

Broccoli Chicken Quinoa & Cheese Bake

Ingredients

  • Quinoa- 1 cup well rinsed
  • Broccoli- 3 cups florets in bite size pieces
  • Chicken Breast- 1 lb boneless/skinless in bite size pieces
  • Cheese- 1 1/2 cups of your choice grated (I used Smoked Provolone)
  • Chicken Stock- 2 cups
  • Milk-1 cup
  • Dijon Mustard-1-2 tablespoons
  • Bread Crumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Give a baking dish a good shot of cooking spray.
  3. Rinse the quinoa under running water in a fine mesh strainer. I usually rinse for a good 2 minutes.
  4. Add to the baking dish.
  5. Bring the chicken stock to a boil & add the broccoli.
  6. Cook until it turns bright green. About a minute & remove. Rinse under cool water to stop the cooking.
  7. Dice your chicken.
  8. Grate the cheese.
  9. Add the milk & Dijon to the pot of chicken stock & bring to a simmer. Pour in with the quinoa. Add the diced chicken.
  10. Stir to mix evenly. Cover tightly with foil and slide in the oven.
  11. Cook about 30 minutes and give a stir.
  12. Add 1/2 the cheese & stir again. Recover & back into the oven for another 25-30 minutes.
  13. Remove & stir again.
  14. Add the broccoli on top of the quinoa mixture.
  15. Top with your remaining cheese.
  16. Top with the bread crumbs.
  17. Switch your oven to broil & return the dish uncovered for 5-7 minutes or until browned.
  18. Remove & wait 5 minutes or so to serve.
  19. Enjoy your Broccoli Chicken Quinoa & Cheese Bake!!
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