Chicken and Quinoa Broccoli Casserole

This chicken quinoa and broccoli casserole has all the creaminess of the casseroles you grew up with, but without all the extra calories and saturated fat.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy Chicken Casserole, Quinoa
Servings: 6
Calories: 230kcal
Author: Kelli

Ingredients

  • 2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk separated
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 ½ cups water separated
  • Seasonings: garlic powder black pepper, red pepper flakes, salt
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa rinsed
  • 1 lb chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup shredded gruyere cheese
  • 3 cups broccoli florets I generally just use a whole large head of broccoli

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and grease 9×13” baking pan with cooking spray.
  • In a saucepan, bring broth and ½ cup almond milk to a boil. While waiting for mixture to boil, whisk together ½ cup flour and remaining ½ cup almond milk in a small bowl to make a slurry. Add slurry along with 1 tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp black pepper, ¼ tsp salt, and pinch red pepper flakes into boiling pot. Whisk until smooth and creamy.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine broth mixture with quinoa and 1 cup of water. Pour into prepared baking dish.
  • Cut chicken length-wise into 2”-thick strips and place on top of quinoa mixture in pan. Add pinch of salt and pepper over chicken then bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
  • While casserole is baking, steam broccoli about 3-4 minutes, or until just slightly soft – you still want them to be a little crisp so they don’t get soggy once you add them to the casserole.
  • After casserole has baked for 30 minutes, check to see if chicken is cooked through and the quinoa has puffed out. If either are still undercooked, return casserole to oven for another 5-10 minutes.
  • Once quinoa and chicken are cooked, stir in steamed broccoli along with ½ cup of water. Top with cheese and bake another 5 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling and the sauce has thickened.
  • Remove from oven and enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition for ⅙ of recipe: 230 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 20 g carb, 3 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 25 g protein