Cheddar chicken quinoa bake

cheddar chicken

I don’t think I’ve ever been on point with holiday appropriate recipes in the past 2 years of this blog. So why start now? I bet you’re probably all Peeped and Cadbury’d out anyway. Ps- if I don’t get at least 1 Cadbury crème egg before this weekend is over, I may cry. Childhood obsession still going strong.

cheddar chicken

This is about as far from my Easter brunch menu as possible but now I’m kinda wishing I could replace that spiral ham (not my thing, but grandpa loves it) in the fridge with the cheesy deliciousness of this.

My crossfit box just announced another paleo challenge starting mid next month and while of course I’ll be doing it (because I’m easily peer pressured into stuff like this) meals like this make me hate paleo. Ain’t nothing wrong with quinoa and some cheddar cheese! In fact, I’d call this a pretty damn healthy casserole despite paleo not agreeing.

cheddar chicken

But I have 3 weeks before I need to deal with that. Until then, you can find me in the corner shoving cheese in my face.

4.7 from 3 reviews
Cheddar chicken quinoa bake
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An easy, healthy and cheesy chicken casserole with quinoa and cheddar cheese.
Author: Gina Matsoukas
Serves: 4
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 8oz. can tomato sauce
  • dash of red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 cups cooked & shredded chicken (I used leftovers from a roasted chicken)
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (I used a mixture of red & white)
  • ½ red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green chili pepper, diced (optional)
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1½ cups grated white cheddar cheese, divided
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease an 8×8 baking dish.
  2. In a skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil, shallot, garlic and green onions. Saute for about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add chopped tomato, tomato sauce, red pepper flakes and salt & pepper. Stir and simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, combine quinoa, chicken, red pepper, chili pepper, cilantro and 1 cup of the cheddar cheese in a large bowl. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  5. Add sauce to the bowl and toss to combine.
  6. Transfer mixture to the baking dish.
  7. Top with remaining ½ cup of cheddar cheese and cover with foil.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and garnish with additional green onions and/or cilantro.


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  1. 1

    Mmmm, gotta love a good casserole. This looks great!

  2. 2

    love that chicken + cheese + quinoa combo!! looks awesome!!

  3. 3
    rashelle says:

    Your timing is amazing… just popped on to find something to do with all of this leftover chicken from last night. My family will be feasting on this dish tonight, thank you!

  4. 4

    Now this is my kind of chicken bake! Yum!!!

  5. 5

    Gina that looks fantastic. How did quinoa hold up? Did it get mushy?

    • 6
      Gina Matsoukas says:

      It didn’t actually (get mushy that is, not hold up). You could always under cook it a bit before baking if you’re worried about that.

  6. 7

    this recipe looks delicious and I looove those little square plates. Crate n barrel?

  7. 8

    I hate cadbury cream eggs! I don’t know why. they make me want to throw up.

    but this does not!!!! it looks so amazing!

  8. 10

    This looks amazing! I tried Paleo for a bit, but really missed the quinoa & cheese {and beans every so often}, so now I just eat a mixed diet. How can quinoa be bad for you, right??

  9. 11

    What a beautiful dish :) I’m now craving this cheesey goodness, great photos!

  10. 12

    Looks amazing!

  11. 13

    So scrumptious, and I am SO saving to try soon! It looks great, Gina!

  12. 14

    Yum this looks great! It is recipes like this that make me never want to do Paleo :)

  13. 15

    I made a quinoa mac and cheese this week. so yummy!
    so much cheese and so much goodness!

  14. 16

    This is totally my kind of meal! Pinning so I can make it soon!

  15. 17
    Cara Roxanne says:

    I am totally making this tonight, so excited. I’m going to add some black beans to bulk it up further. Nom nom. Thank you!!

  16. 18

    This sounds SO delicious!! It looks fabulous, too! I am definitely going to try this, but will make a vegetarian version :).

  17. 19

    Thank you. Sounds delicious and I will be making it soon. Have a good weekend.

  18. 20

    Made this for dinner tonight & it was fantastic. Even my honey (who doesn’t want to know when something is healthy) loved it!

  19. 21

    I just popped this in the oven and it looks tasty. Am I missing something though….where does it say to add the red bell pepper and green chili? I made it all up and realized I hadn’t added those things….still looks good.

    • 22
      Gina Matsoukas says:

      Oops! good catch. The chili pepper is in the directions but I left out the red bell pepper. It should’ve been added in with everything else in step 4. Hope you threw it in there and just winged it :) I’ll edit the directions now, thanks again!

  20. 23

    Made this last night, the whole family loved it including my toddler.

  21. 24
    Stephanie says:

    Awesome! So good. My partner and I were desperate for something new to try with quinoa and this just hit the spot. Thank you, we will be making it again for certain!

  22. 25
    Marigrace says:

    So, I understand the chicken is already cooked, but do you have to cook the Quinoa also before you bake all the ingredients together?

  23. 26
    Marigrace says:

    Oops Just saw the “Cooked Quinoa” part of the ingredients! Sorry! Excited to try!

  24. 28

    This was SOOOOOO good! I don’t usually eat grains, but will eat quinoa sometimes for the nutritive benefit when I’m in a hurry to balance carbs. It was amazing! Very picky eaters in my family ate whole bowls. Will be adding to my recipe box.:)

  25. 29

    This is SO delicious! Everyone enjoyed it, including a very picky 5 year-old. I boiled chicken breasts in chicken broth & then shredded them. I used canned crushed tomatoes instead of fresh, as well as tomato paste instead of sauce. I puréed that with all the veggies (so no crunchy surprises my daughter dislikes). It turned out great – thank you for the new recipe I can add to my rotation!


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