Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole

by Marla on March 26, 2014 · 35 comments

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Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole |

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 |

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 |

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

Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole |

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 |

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

Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole |

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

Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole |

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


  • 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


  • 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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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa March 26, 2014 at 5:54 am

A lovely idea! This casserole looks delicious and comforting.




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 :)


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

What a tasty way to do chicken enchiladas!


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

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


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!


6 Maria March 26, 2014 at 6:34 am

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


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

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


8 naomi March 26, 2014 at 7:32 am

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


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

I love the use of quinoa in this casserole!


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!


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

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


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

I just found tonight’s dinner, love!


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 :)


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! :)


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!


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!


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! :)


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

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


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

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


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 :)


21 Meredith March 26, 2014 at 7:45 pm

Over the top delicious!


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!!!


23 Amanda March 27, 2014 at 8:06 am

Love new enchilada recipes. Beautiful photos as well.


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.


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!


26 Marla March 29, 2014 at 5:44 am

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


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

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


28 Marla April 2, 2014 at 6:14 am

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


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!


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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