Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Casserole

This Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Casserole is a recipe that you can't live without. It is easy, healthy, delicious, and a picky eater favorite. My entire family gobbles this one right up. It is the perfect healthy meal, that is still very filing. You will love it.

We are still trying to eat healthy at my house. My whole family loves quinoa so I thought I would make it into a casserole.

This casserole has a lot of flavor, and you could easily add more vegetables to make it even better for you. Hope you love it as much as we did.

There wasn’t any leftovers, which really says it was a hit at our house. It’s also a great way to introduce new vegetables to your kids.

You can add any of your favorite vegetables, or ones your kiddos haven’t tried, and they will love it, because you can barely taste them, with this recipe.

what other vegetables could I add to this recipe?

We are starting to be little vegetable lovers over at my house. With all the holiday treats we’ve been eating, it feel so good to get more vegetables in, and take care of our bodies.

They have even started tasting good? I guess I have this recipe, to thank for that.

If you are looking to add more vegetables to this recipe, here are our favorites that we highly recommend:

-bell peppers
-green onions
-water chestnuts
-sautéed spinach

You could really add any vegetable to this dish, to make it delicious, and kid friendly. You will love how simple this recipe is, and it’s a great one to get the kids involved in, when making it.

could i use rice instead of QUINOA?

You could definitely use rice instead of quinoa. It would taste just as delicious, but we personally recommend using quinoa for the health purposes, and nutrition.

If you do use rice, we recommend cooking it ahead of time, just like the quinoa. You do not want to add uncooked rice to this recipe, or it will be crunchy.

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Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Casserole
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  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 8oz. can tomato sauce
  • dash of red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Garlic salt to taste
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (I used red quinoa)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 11/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 9 x 13 glass pan
  2. In a skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil, garlic, mushrooms and green onions. Saute for about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add chopped tomato, tomato sauce, red pepper flakes, garlic salt, and salt & pepper. Stir and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, combine cooked quinoa, chicken, red pepper, cilantro and 1/2 cup of the cheese in your 9 x 13 pan.
  5. Pour your sauce and top and mix carefully until everything is combined.
  6. Top with remaining cup of cheese and cover with foil.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and garnish with additional green onions and cilantro.



2394 cal


154 g


111 g


195 g
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7 Responses to “Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Casserole”

  1. Joan in VA
    Someday I hope bloggers will not automatically use mushrooms to make things 'healthy.' For me, with a mushroom allergy, this just doesn't work. I would have guessed I am alone in this, but in a small group of 14 friends, there are 3 of us with a mushroom allergy. Ah, well, we will cope. And in this case, leaving them out would not hurt the recipe. It would just give me some more room to insert some broccoli or asparagus.
  2. Laura @ Raise Your Garden
    My kids all time home run/healthy meal hit is chicken + rice. That's what they like and eat. But rice isn't the healthiest item on earth from hubby and myself. So I have no clue why I never thought to substitute quinoa for the rice ~ the kids will still eat this (they're young enough that I can fool them) and we can eat a bit healthier. And the cheese on top just smooths it all over for me! I do so love casseroles when it a high of 12 degrees where I live!!!
    • Just click on the MAGIC button under the picture and then click on NUTRITION. It will give you all of the nutritional info on this recipe. If you get more servings than listed, the calories will be less. You can find the nutritional info on all of our recipes.

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