Quinoa Chicken Casserole

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A one-dish chicken Parmesan casserole with quinoa – all the ingredients get put in a casserole dish and baked – no need to pre-cook the chicken or quinoa!

A ONE DISH chicken parmesan casserole with quinoa. Healthy and delicious!

Right after the husband and I came home from the hospital after having little Grey, my sister-in-law brought over dinner for us. It was chicken Parmesan and I still remember that meal. Best kind of comfort food right after having a baby, I’m telling you that! Not to mention my sister-in-law can cook and she can do it welllll.

This is probably completely crazy, but that was my first time having homemade chicken Parmesan. And as life-changing as it was, I still don’t make it that often. The reason? I kind of really hate cooking chicken in a skillet. I know, crazy right. I don’t know what it is about cooking chicken in a skillet on the stove-top, but I drrread it.

So one of my favorite meals never gets made and, well, to be honest, the Olive Garden version has nothing on homemade chicken parm.

A ONE DISH chicken parmesan casserole with quinoa. Healthy and delicious!

So I decided to make an easier chicken parm – one that required no skillet chicken cooking. You read that right – no need to pre-cook this chicken! It goes in the casserole and gets baked with everything else.

Not only is this an easier chicken parm, but also quite a bit healthier. Mainly because the base is quinoa, not pasta. And although chicken parm is usually served over a bed of pasta, I have to say, the quinoa is definitely my favorite! But y’all probably could have guessed that with the amount of quinoa that is featured here!

An easy and healthy ONE DISH quinoa chicken parmesan! #cleaneating #casserole #quinoa

So after mixing the quinoa with the spaghetti sauce and water, it all gets put into the bottom of your casserole dish and the chicken just get’s laid on top. How simple is that? I should mention, the chicken gets “breaded” first, but no need for dredging the chicken in egg or anything – just toss all the little chicken tenderloins in a few ingredients that have been combined (bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and some seasonings).

Then you set it in the oven and forget about it. At least for about 30 minutes since it will need a good stir at about that time. Twenty-five minutes and some cheese + breading topping later and you’ve got yourself one heck of a delicious and healthy meal. All in one. single. casserole. dish.

Time to celebrate not having a sink full of dishes!!

A ONE DISH chicken parmesan casserole with quinoa. Healthy and delicious!

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Quinoa Chicken Casserole

5 from 8 votes
A one-dish chicken Parmesan casserole with quinoa - all the ingredients get put in a casserole dish and baked - no need to pre-cook the chicken or quinoa!
One Dish Quinoa Chicken Parmesan
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Quinoa Chicken Casserole

One Dish Quinoa Chicken Parmesan
5 from 8 votes
A one-dish chicken Parmesan casserole with quinoa - all the ingredients get put in a casserole dish and baked - no need to pre-cook the chicken or quinoa!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Quinoa Chicken Casserole
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 -6
Calories 345kcal
Author Chelsea
Cost $5.29

Ingredients

  • 1 jar (24 ounces) garlic and herb flavored spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken broth or water
  • 1 and 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup Italian-style bread crumbs separated
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • Optional: fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Generously grease a 9 x 13 casserole dish.
  • Combine the spaghetti sauce, quinoa, and chicken broth (or water) into the bottom of a 9 x 13 casserole dish.
  • Slice the chicken into small tenderloins.
  • Combine 1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Wet the chicken tenderloins (just in broth or water) and toss them in this mixture until all of the mixture is covering the chicken tenderloins.
  • Evenly place the chicken on top of the quinoa and spaghetti sauce mixture.
  • Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove the casserole from the oven, stir everything together well, and return to the oven.
  • Cook for another 15-20 minutes or until the quinoa is absorbed in the liquid and the chicken is completely cooked through.
  • Combine the remaining 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle over the top of the casserole.
  • Return the casserole to the oven and bake for another 5 minutes or until the cheese is nice and melty on top.
  • Optionally garnish with freshly chopped parsley and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 345kcal

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40 Comments

  1. Chelsea, this sounds amazing! Chicken Parm is one of my favorites but it often takes a while to make a big batch of it. I love the simplicity of this because I love getting home from work and getting dinner going without having to be standing at the stove 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight for my husband and I. We think it’s a great way to use and flavor quinoa. It was so easy to make and came out fabulous! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  3. hi! i want to try this recipe because it looks amazing. do you have any recommendations for another type of sauce that doesn’t use tomato? i’m slightly intolerant of tomatoes and lactose intolerant so that means no fun for me. i was just wondering if you had any other ideas–thank you!!

  4. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and loved it! So easy and was delicious. This also made enough for me to have it as my lunches this week. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Found this awesome recipe on pinterest! Currently smelling this yummy dish in the oven as I type. Can’t wait to taste it! Cheers, Chelsea!

  6. 5 stars
    Just made this last night and loved it! It can’t really get much easier unless you buy the chicken already cut into tenderloins. Thank you for sharing – I will definitely make this again!

  7. 5 stars
    Hi there, I’ve made this twice already and it’s done me two weeks of work lunches with me looking forward to each one with relish. Thanks for the awesome recipe.

  8. Used this recipe for my first time making anything with quinoa. Hubs and I both loved it! Will be checking out your other recipes and definitely be making this one again! Glad I found you on Pinterest.

  9. 5 stars
    Delicious and easy! Instead of spaghetti sauce, I used tomato sauce and added some Italian herbs and garlic. The only other changes I made were to use chicken broth instead of water and I broiled the top at the very end.

    1. You cut the breasts into small tenderloin pieces – so you should have slender slices of breast meat.

    1. I’m sorry Cheryl, I haven’t tried freezing this recipe so I can’t say for sure. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work though! Maybe just add the topping right before you cook it though?

  10. 5 stars
    This recipe is awesome! I used less breadcrumbs than were called for. It fulfilled my craving but kept it healthy!

  11. Finally, a healthy recipe that I think my family will enjoy! This will be their introduction to quinoa- I’ve been looking everywhere for a recipe that all 3 of them would be able to enjoy. I’m a vegetarian, but this could easily be turned into a vegetarian dish by using boca or Morningstar “chicken”.

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. I’m so glad you found this!! I hope your whole family loves it! And great idea with the Morningstar “chicken” I love that!

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