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Broccoli-Quinoa with Chicken Casserole

Serves: 6 Serving Size: 1 1/3 cups Total Time: 55 Minutes


  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 1 (12-ounce) package microwave-in-bag frozen broccoli florets
  • 12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
  • ½ tsp kosher salt, divided
  • ½ tsp black pepper, divided
  • 1 ½ cups chopped onion
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • 2 ½ tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups unsalted chicken stock
  • 2 ounces parmesan cheese, grated (about ½ cup)
  • ½ cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 ounces 2% sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)


1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil; swirl to coat. Add quinoa; cook 2 minutes or until toasted, stirring frequently. Add 1 1/4 cups water; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until quinoa is tender. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

2. Preheat oven to 400°.

3. Cook broccoli in microwave according to package directions, reducing cook time to 2 1/2 minutes.

4. Coat pan with cooking spray. Heat a saucepan to medium-high heat. Add chicken to pan; sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Cook 5 minutes or until browned, turning occasionally; remove from pan.

5. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 5 minutes. Combine milk and flour, stirring with a whisk. Add milk mixture, stock, remaining 3/8 teaspoon salt, and remaining 3/8 teaspoon pepper to pan. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently; cook 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Add Parmesan, stirring until cheese melts. Stir in quinoa, broccoli, chicken, and Greek yogurt. Spoon mixture into a 2-quart glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with cheddar. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until casserole is bubbly and cheese melts.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 342, Total Fat: 11.4g, Total Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 32g

Recipe adapted from: www.myrecipes.com/broccoli-quinoa-casserole


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