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Truly a meal for the picky eater, this recipe for Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Quinoa is not only delicious but healthy.

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When I first came across the recipe for Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Quinoa, Kiersten had her doubts. She had absolutely HATED every encounter she’s ever had with quinoa. I had been looking to find healthy, nutrient rich meals and quinoa, broccoli, and chicken seemed to fit that bill. I asked her to give it a try. I may have had a backup dinner option if it didn’t work out, but I didn’t need it. Kiersten had not one, but two bowls of the “casserole”. And now it’s one of her favorite dishes.

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Meanwhile, Maddox only wants to eat starches, such as pasta or rice. I thought, hey, maybe he’ll like quinoa. It’s kind of like rice. Boy, did I knock this one out of the park. This recipe is the first I’ve been able to get him to eat in its entirety. I’m sure blanketing it with a cheesy sauce has a lot to do with it, but at least he’s getting good nutrition out of it. He eats the chicken, broccoli, and quinoa. He eats everything. It’s a fantastic feeling to make something your picky child will eat.

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You really don’t have to feel bad about serving this dish to your family. You have the protein and health benefits from the chicken, quinoa, and broccoli. But the cheese sauce isn’t terrible for you, due to some smart substitutions. To lighten it up, you use 2% milk as the base of the sauce. Then, there’s only 1 cup of cheese is the sauce. That may seem like a lot, but it’s much less than say, a macaroni and cheese. Then, to give it that extra creaminess, add plain Greek yogurt. This helps make the dish that much creamier and adds a little boost of protein in exchange relatively little calories. It’s a win-win. The dish is delicious and healthful.

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This recipe is sure to please even the most skeptical eater. And the best part is you don’t have to feel guilty about serving it. Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Quinoa will be a hit with your entire family, no matter what the age.

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Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Quinoa
Truly a meal for the picky eater, this recipe for Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Quinoa is not only delicious but healthy.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 in baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring the chicken stock (or water, if you prefer) and quinoa to a boil and cook according to quinoa package specifications. During the last 5 minutes or so, add the broccoli so it will steam.
  3. While the quinoa is cooking, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a pan and heat on medium high heat. When hot, add the Panko breadcrumbs and cook, stirring frequently, until browned. Remove from pan.
  4. Add the other tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and heat. Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. When oil is hot, add the chicken to the pan, cooking about 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and let cool a little before dicing into small pieces.
  5. In the same pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Slowly whisk milk it so it doesn't boil over and continually stir until sauce thickens, about 4 minutes. Stir in quinoa, broccoli, chicken, about 1 cup of the cheese, and Greek yogurt. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Add the mixture to the baking dish and spread evenly. Top with the remaining cheese. Pop into the over until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes or so.
  7. Serve by topping with the toasted Panko and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Damn Delicious.

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