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!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
5 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

679 calories; protein 23.3g 47% DV; carbohydrates 46.7g 15% DV; fat 44.4g 68% DV; cholesterol 75.9mg 25% DV; sodium 1318.9mg 53% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
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. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
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. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/08/2019
I really enjoyed this. I followed the recipe exactly. The only difference is that I didn't have a jar of alfredo sauce so I made my own. It did make a lot so I had a lot of leftovers. I could probably cut the recipe in half for 4-5 people. When you see quinoa in a recipe you think healthy But there is a lot of cheese and oil and butter so that erases the healthy part. But it was very tasty. I would make it again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2017
Overall not bad. Cut Quinoa in half doubled chicken. Needs some spice. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More