Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole

by Marla on March 26, 2014 · 39 comments

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The simplicity of this dish is astonishing. The flavors are addictive. Ladies & gents, here is your new go-to lunch & dinner recipe.

My Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole makes a Big Batch so this is at the ready when you are. Dig in!

Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Lately i’ve been coming up with a bunch of simple chicken recipes that you guys seem to really enjoy. Here is my Spicy Sriracha & Quinoa Bowl

Spicy Sriracha Chicken & Quinoa Bowl | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Chicken is a versatile ingredient, inexpensive, healthy & easy to get your hands on at any store. Yay for that!

Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole | FamilyFreshCooking.com

The quinoa is tossed with a jar of enchilada sauce…

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The entire casserole is smothered in cheese. Lots ‘n lots of cheese.

Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Top with fresh slices of avocado, cilantro & green onion.

Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole | FamilyFreshCooking.com

This is a gluten free (if you use GF enchilada sauce) meal & kid approved! Two very important factors.

Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Hope you can try this real soon….Enjoy!

Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups dry Quinoa, cook according to package directions
  • 1 pound Chicken Breast, trim to bite sized pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups diced Yellow Onion
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) Red Enchilada Sauce (make sure it's gluten free if you need it to be)
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Green Onion
  • handful of Fresh Cilantro
  • 1 Avocado, cut into pieces & dip in lemon juice
  • Cooking Spray
  • One the Side
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream

Method

  • Pre heat oven to 375 degrees F with the rack in the middle. Spray a large bake safe casserole (5 3/4 quart size) dish with some cooking spray. Cook quinoa, fluff with a fork and toss with enchilada sauce. Set aside, add to the casserole pot.
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Cook onion for a few minutes until fragrant & slightly browned. Add chicken and seasonings. Brown chicken a few minutes on each side. Make sure every piece is coated with seasonings. Cook a few more minutes until chicken is opaque & cooked through.
  • Add chicken to quinoa and toss to combine. Top with cheeses. Bake uncovered for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Set the oven to broil. Bake for a few more minutes (about 4 minutes) until cheese is slightly browned & bubbly. Watch carefully so it does not burn.
  • Top with fresh avocado, cilantro & green onion. Serve salsa & sour cream on the side.
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1 Rosa March 26, 2014 at 5:54 am

A lovely idea! This casserole looks delicious and comforting.

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor March 26, 2014 at 5:55 am

Chicken enchillada and quinoa sounds amazing! I honestly have never tried this combination, but I know that I would love it. Thanks for linking to my Strawbery, Mango and Avocado Quinoa salad :)

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3 Kevin @ Closet Cooking March 26, 2014 at 5:57 am

What a tasty way to do chicken enchiladas!

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4 Jenny Flake March 26, 2014 at 6:14 am

I am soooo making this soon. LOVE all of these flavors!

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5 Heather Christo March 26, 2014 at 6:16 am

Who would have thought!? This looks soooo good- I am totally going to make this!

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6 Maria March 26, 2014 at 6:34 am

I make a veggie version and it is one of our favorite meals!

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7 Jennie @themessybakerblog March 26, 2014 at 7:25 am

You are out of control with the cheese. I love it! This looks amazing.

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8 naomi March 26, 2014 at 7:32 am

a perfect weeknight meal made healthy with quinoa-love it!

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9 Julie @ Table for Two March 26, 2014 at 7:48 am

I love the use of quinoa in this casserole!

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10 Jodee Weiland March 26, 2014 at 9:37 am

This sounds absolutely delicious! I love all of the ingredients and the rich flavors brought together to create this dish. I’m sharing this all over the place it looks so good! Thanks!

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11 Bonnie K. March 26, 2014 at 9:44 am

This looks really good. It could be my next comfort food.

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12 Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 26, 2014 at 9:54 am

I just found tonight’s dinner, love!

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13 Kim @ Kim's Healthy Eats March 26, 2014 at 10:14 am

This sounds amazing! I recently made your spicy sriracha chicken and quinoa bowl. It was sooo good, my husband wants that for dinner every night now! Good thing it is quick and easy :)

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14 Meredith@A TIPical Day March 26, 2014 at 10:20 am

This looks awesome! I am putting this on the menu for this week! :)

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15 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet March 26, 2014 at 10:40 am

LOVE this dish! We are huge fans of Mexican dishes and this will be a hit for sure! Pinned!

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16 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl March 26, 2014 at 11:00 am

I made a version of this with farro last week and it was so good! Gorgeous photos!

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17 Kelly @ The Pretty Bee: Cooking + Creating March 26, 2014 at 11:39 am

This chicken casserole looks really yummy! I love that you used quinoa! And thank you so much for mentioning my casserole! :)

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18 sally @ sally baking addiction March 26, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Marla, this is a must-try dish! Love all the flavors.

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19 kelley {mountain mama cooks} March 26, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Love these flavors and who doesn’t love a big cheesy casserole?

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20 ashley - baker by nature March 26, 2014 at 5:40 pm

This is so gorgeous! Such a perfect dinner option to keep in mind :)

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21 Meredith March 26, 2014 at 7:45 pm

Over the top delicious!

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22 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers March 26, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Yum Marla! I have to make this recipe! it looks just amazing!!!

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23 Amanda March 27, 2014 at 8:06 am

Love new enchilada recipes. Beautiful photos as well.

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24 Tess @ Tips on Life & Love March 27, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Who knew quinoa went with so many foods? This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

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25 Annie @ ciaochowbambina March 28, 2014 at 8:53 am

We love enchiladas in our house!! Especially our teenage son! We’ll be trying this beautiful dish! Thank you for linking back to my Quinoa Tabouli! Very much appreciated!

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26 Marla March 29, 2014 at 5:44 am

Hi Annie, your quinoa tabbouli looks amazing! Hopefully you can try this recipe soon :)

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27 Kathy @ Olives & Garlic April 1, 2014 at 7:16 pm

I made this deliciousness and what a delicious dish it was. LOVED it!

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28 Marla April 2, 2014 at 6:14 am

Oh that is great news!!! So happy you got to try this recipe :)

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29 Julie April 27, 2014 at 7:29 pm

This turned out really yummy! Usually you would expect to see rice as part of this type of casserole but the quinoa was a really nice addition!

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30 Christy June 1, 2014 at 6:52 pm

I made this for dinner tonight as written. It was delicious. I will definitely make it again. Thanks for the great recipe!

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31 Jessica September 10, 2014 at 5:21 pm

I loved this! ate it for lunch and dinner! Thank you.

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32 Marla September 11, 2014 at 4:49 am

Awesome & I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe :) One of our favorites!

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33 Katherine October 2, 2014 at 1:17 pm

I am always craving Mexican food and looking for new twists on the classics! This looks PHENOMENAL! Yum!

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34 Marla October 3, 2014 at 4:34 am

One of our family favorites. Enjoy!!

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