Mexi-Quinoa Chicken Casserole


Spicy, half-healthy casserole; would be great with ground beef too.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
5 servings


  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 1 cup quinoa

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size pieces

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 ½ cups salsa

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • ¼ cup sour cream (Optional)

  • ¼ cup shredded Cheddar cheese (Optional)


  1. Bring chicken broth and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet; cook and stir chicken until no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes.

  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a separate large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion, green bell pepper, and jalapeno pepper until tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Mix quinoa, chicken, black beans, salsa, tomato paste, garlic salt, cumin, chili powder, black pepper, and oregano into onion mixture; cook, stirring occasionally, until casserole is heated through and thickened, 5 to 10 minutes. Top casserole with sour cream and Cheddar cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

458 Calories
14g Fat
55g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 458
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 2256mg 98%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 13g 45%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 36mg 179%
Calcium 166mg 13%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 1313mg 28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.