Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Skillet Cheesy Quinoa with Broccoli and Chicken

Tonight I really wanted to make a casserole, but the temperatures have skyrocketed again here in Philly, so that wasn't really an option.  However, I satisfied my craving by making this skillet cheesy quinoa with broccoli and chicken.
You may now be asking, "why isn't chicken the first ingredient?"  Well, I have had chicken take a back seat in this dish and amped up the healthy quinoa and broccoli, with less of a focus on the meat.  This way you get some protein, healthy grains, and your veggies.  The cheese adds a salty layer and really makes it feel like a casserole.  Delicious!

Skillet Cheesy Quinoa with Broccoli and Chicken

Skillet Cheesy Quinoa with Broccoli and Chicken

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp. oil
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
2 cups chicken broth
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
Salt and Pepper, to taste
1 large head broccoli, chopped small
1 1/2 cups cooked rotisserie chicken, chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar jack cheese

Preparation:
Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.
Add onions and saute for about 2 minutes.
Add garlic and saute for about 1 minute.
Add quinoa and toast for 1 minute, stirring a few times.
Add broth, thyme, salt, and pepper.
Bring to a boil, turn down heat to low, cover and simmer for 12 minutes.
Add broccoli on top of quinoa and cover back up.  Simmer for another 10 minutes.
Add chicken and cheese.
Cover and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until cheese has melted and chicken is warmed through.
Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy