My family has been on a quinoa fix for some time and this has been one of our favorite creations! A great alternative to pasta that you can feel great about. Also, this is a great use for leftover chicken! Leftovers hold well in the fridge....if any of it gets that far!

GeeDeth
prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 15 mins
stand:
5 mins
Servings:
8
Max Servings:
8
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Heat sunflower oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion and garlic until onion is slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Add quinoa and chicken bouillon; cook, stirring frequently, until quinoa is toasted, 5 to 8 minutes.

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  • Pour water over quinoa mixture and bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir thyme and parsley into quinoa mixture and simmer until water is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and fluff quinoa with a fork.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Spread quinoa mixture into the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle chicken over quinoa. Spoon Alfredo sauce and cream of chicken soup over chicken layer; top with butter pieces. Sprinkle 1/2 cup Italian cheese blend over entire mixture.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Stir mixture and flatten with the back of spoon or spatula; top with pita chips and remaining 1/4 cup Italian cheese blend. Bake until cheese is melted, about 15 minutes. Cool casserole for 5 minutes; top with Parmesan cheese.

Cook's Notes:

If you're not a fan of quinoa try orzo another small pasta. Sunflower oil can easily be substituted with olive or vegetable oil.

Try garlic-herb pita chips for something different.

Tip

Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

678.91 calories; 23.34 g protein; 46.67 g carbohydrates; 5.13 g dietary-fiber; 3.95 g sugars; 44.37 g fat; 15.32 g saturated-fat; 75.86 mg cholesterol; 415.79 IU vitamin-a-iu; 6 mg niacin-equivalents; 0.37 mg vitamin-b6; 2.7 mg vitamin-c; 83.26 mcg folate; 153.82 mg calcium; 3.03 mg iron; 97.06 mg magnesium; 346.89 mg potassium; 1318.88 mg sodium; 0.11 mg thiamin; 399.37 calories-from-fat; 27 percent-of-calories-from-carbs; 58 percent-of-calories-from-fat; 13 percent-of-calories-from-protein; 20 percent-of-calories-from-sat-fat


Reviews (4)

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Most helpful positive review

Boufreak
12/19/2016
We made this according to the recipe. If you love fettuccine Alfredo but you are sick of fettuccine Alfredo this is a great recipe to try. It makes a lot though. We enjoyed it and will be inserted it into our regular rotation.

Most helpful critical review

Denise Naegele Touvell
09/23/2015
We really enjoyed this recipe. I didn't use the pita chips and I didn't toast the quinoa. My husband loved it "as is" but I sprinkled Cajun seasoning on mine for a little kick. I'm glad I didn't notice the other review or I probably wouldn't have tried it. Will definitely make again.
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Denise Naegele Touvell
09/23/2015
We really enjoyed this recipe. I didn't use the pita chips and I didn't toast the quinoa. My husband loved it "as is" but I sprinkled Cajun seasoning on mine for a little kick. I'm glad I didn't notice the other review or I probably wouldn't have tried it. Will definitely make again.
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DECAR48
08/30/2016
Want to rate this fairly. Was following recipe exactly until I hit the alfredo sauce. Didn't have anyso had to punt. Substituted Barilla's 4 cheese sauce & used tomato soup instead of cream of chicken. Not all the quinoa could fit if I wanted everything else to. Have about 2 cupsleft for another dish (fine with me!) Makes a lot and was delicious!! Will try it again usng the alfredo sauce
David Ulmer
01/25/2017
Overall not bad. Cut Quinoa in half doubled chicken. Needs some spice.
Boufreak
12/19/2016
We made this according to the recipe. If you love fettuccine Alfredo but you are sick of fettuccine Alfredo this is a great recipe to try. It makes a lot though. We enjoyed it and will be inserted it into our regular rotation.