Creamy Chicken Quinoa Casserole | a2 Milk® USA Recipes
Creamy Chicken Quinoa Casserole | a2 Milk® USA Recipes

Creamy Chicken Quinoa Casserole

 

Difficulty: Medium

Preparation: 30 mins

Cooking time: 55-75 mins

Servings: 8 -10

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 cups Vegetable broth or water
  • 1 Onion, chopped (divided in half)
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs. Chicken breast, cut into strips
  • Garlic salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups Carrots, chopped
  • 2 cups Green beans, chopped
  • 1 cup Celery, chopped
  • 1 cup Whole ricotta cheese (made with a2 Milk®)
  • 1 cup a2 Milk® 2% Reduced Fat
  • 3 Tbsp. Fresh basil, chopped + additional garnish
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Fresh parsley, chopped + additional garnish
  • 3 Sage leaves, chopped
  • ¾ tsp. Salt or to taste
  • ¼ tsp. Ground mustard
  • 1/8 tsp. Black pepper or to taste
  • ½ – ¾ cup Slivered almonds
creamy chicken quinoa casserole

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Quinoa has a bitter film on it that needs to be rinsed prior to using.  Cook the dry quinoa according to package directions, subbing vegetable or chicken broth for water (this gives it a better flavor!)  Undercook quinoa by 2-3 minutes and drain of excess liquid.  1 cup uncooked quinoa will yield 2-3 cups cooked quinoa, you need 2 cups for the casserole so there may be extra.  Save this for other meals or freeze it for future use.
  3. Add ½ chopped onion and 1 minced garlic clove to a large non- stick skillet.  Season chicken strips with garlic salt and pepper then place them in the oil with the onion and garlic.  Turn on the heat to medium cook chicken, onions, and garlic with the lid on for 5-10 minutes until chicken is cooked all the way through (no pink.) Using kitchen tongs, remove chicken from skillet and cut into bite size pieces.  Add the chicken to a very large mixing bowl.  Remove the onions and garlic using a slotted spoon, do not let any excess liquid through, and add those to the very large mixing bowl.
  4. Add the rest of the onions, celery, carrots, and green beans to the very large mixing bowl.
  5. In a separate medium mixing bowl mix a2 Milk® ricotta, a2 Milk®, basil, parsley, sage, salt, mustard, and pepper.  Then add the ricotta mixture to the very large mixing bowl with veggies, chicken, and quinoa.  Mix well until everything is well coated.
  6. Pour mixture into a large 9 x 13 casserole dish.  Sprinkle top with slivered almonds and bake covered for 20 minutes.  Uncover and bake an additional for an additional 35-50 minutes, until veggies are soft and cooked all the way through.  If you want the top to be crispier, coat with cooking spray and broil for 3-5 minutes.  Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs if desired.

 

Recipe Courtesy of


Hungry Hobby | Kelli Shallal

My name is Kelli Shallal, I’m a Registered Dietitian (RD), Personal Trainer, food blogger, food hoarder, lover of iced coffee, wine, and caramel. I’m constantly torn between cross fit and running, but I’ve injured my back twice so I’ve learned a few things about taking care of myself.  I used to think healthy meant calorie counting, no carbs, no fat, and bland tasteless fake food.  Now I realize healthy means confidence, energy, positivity, and real food.

Kelli Shallal Creamy Chicken Quinoa Casserole
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