Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole

by Marla on March 26, 2014 · 37 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

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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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