Sun Dried Tomato, Kale, and Chicken Sausage Quinoa Bake

This healthy, superfood-packed dinner only requires 1 dish and 60 minutes of your time. No need to pre-cook the quinoa or sauté any veggies! 

Sun-Dried Tomato, Kale, and Chicken Sausage Quinoa Bake #glutenfree

Have you ever randomly stumbled upon a blog via Pinterest and found yourself completely consumed in everything it has to offer? I officially have a blog crush on Kristina from Love and Zest. Major swoon. I think I went through at least a years worth of recipes and pinned them all 😀 #oops

L&Z is actually who inspired me to make this dish. She made a Sun-Dried Tomato, Kale, and Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake and I knew that’s what I wanted for dinner. I made a bunch of substitutions like quinoa instead of pasta, no cheese or mushrooms, and a different kind of sauce. She still deserves the credit for sparking my interest in these flavor combos.

FREAKING DELISH.

Sun-Dried Tomato, Kale, and Chicken Sausage Quinoa Bake #glutenfree

Since I’ve been a full-time food blogger for almost a year now, I do everything in my power to dirty one less dish. Let me tell you, the dishes can PILE UP QUICKLY.

My favorite kind of recipes are those that only use 1 pot/dish. This recipe for instance, literally uses 1 dish. No pot or pans involved. All you do, is throw everything into a casserole dish, stick it in the oven, and cross your fingers things taste good. 

I did go back and forth if I should use precooked chicken sausages or uncooked. I went precooked because that’s what’s most readily available and convenient. I used the Target Archer Farm’s Brand, but I know Gold n’ Plump makes some stellar ones as well (I believe those are uncooked).

Here’s what the bake looked like uncooked (on the left) and cooked (on the right). 

Sun-Dried Tomato, Kale, and Chicken Sausage Quinoa Bake #glutenfree

I was a little worried the kale was going to turn into kale chips, but they wilted down nicely. Also- if you know me, you know I HATE COOKED GREENS. I actually didn’t mind this AT ALL. #imabigkidnow

Sun Dried Tomato, Kale, and Chicken Sausage Quinoa Bake
 
Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa, soaked and rinsed, uncooked
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, julienne cut
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (I used the olive oil from the sun-dried tomato jar)
  • 2 stalks of kale, de-stalked and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 5 chicken sausages, fully cooked and sliced into bit-sized pieces
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • fresh basil, to taste
Instructions
  1. First, preheat oven to 350ºF. Then, place quinoa and chicken broth at the bottom of a large casserole dish.
  2. Prep kale, by de-stalking and chopping into bite-sized pieces. Evenly spread on top of quinoa.
  3. Then, sprinkle on about ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes (I used the julienne cut kind) and ¼ cup chopped red onion on top of kale. Then, drizzle on 1 tablespoon of olive oil (I used the olive oil straight from the sun-dried tomato jar).
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste and about 1 teaspoon of garlic salt.
  5. Finally, chop 5 fully cooked chicken sausages into bite-sized pieces and spread evenly on top of bake.
  6. Place in oven at 350ºF for about 60 minutes or until the quinoa is fully cooked.
  7. Let cook for 5-10 minutes and serve with fresh basil.

If you are a cheese lover, I suggest mozzarella. I opted no cheese because I love how the colors look in this bake and I didn’t want to hide them under a mound of cheese.

Sun-Dried Tomato, Kale, and Chicken Sausage Quinoa Bake #glutenfree

Seriously, I could eat this all day erry day. These flavors are my jam. I especially loved the sun-dried tomatoes. It was my first time making anything with them and Mmmmm did they add some fabulous flavor. If you are having a hard time finding sun-dried tomatoes, you can usually find them in the produce section. I purchased my julienne sliced and jarred in olive oil. 

Hubba hubba.

Sun-Dried Tomato, Kale, and Chicken Sausage Quinoa Bake #glutenfree

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  1. says

    This bake sounds really good! I like that you don’t use cheese in this. I think this is the only bake recipe without cheese… not that I didn’t like cheese. But not everything has to be smothered in it.
    It’s very smart that you use the oil from the sun dried tomatoes;-) great tip!
    My major blog crush? Umm I guess that’s you!! 😀 btw I’m going to make your apple cinnamon bars with cream cheese frosting for next Friday! :-)
    Have a nice Sunday!

  2. says

    I am the biggest advocate of cheese and for the first time ever, I could see this working without it purely because of what you’ve put in there- YUM!

    I must admit to having stalked your recipes recently. Then again, I did that before with that epic oatmeal. And the paleo brownie. yum yum diabetes caveman.

  3. says

    One-dish meal was just what I was looking for!

    Honestly – I’ve been frequenting your site when in need of recipe ideas and inspiration. Pretty much anything you have ever posted I would want to make for myself and your directions are clear without being too wordy. Plus, the beautiful pics make me drool! Keep up the good work! And love the new site design.

  4. The new Mrs. T says

    I made this tonight! My hubby nearly ate half the pan! I added marinated artichokes, and white mushrooms to the dish. I didn’t have garlic salt, so I used fresh garlic. It was AMAZE BALLS!! The only thing was that the chicken sausage was a little dried out. I am thinking to not pre-cook? But I am scared to death of samonellla. THANK YOU FOR POSTING !!! (and being inspired by the other bloggers, hehe).

  5. Dianne says

    Thanks a bunch! I’m making this for supper. I’m using red quinoa (since that’s what I had in the pantry) and adding some white mushrooms, fresh garlic, and yellow squash. I get chicken sausage from the deli counter at Sprouts. It’s fresh, nitrate-tree and totally delish! Thanks again!

  6. Jennifer says

    The only thing I messed up when making this was the broth. I accidentally got regular chicken broth instead of the low sodium sort. Because I didn’t pay attention to that when I was adding the garlic and sea salt it turned out way too salty for me. But excluding that I love the combo of the veggies with the quinoa. It’s a very pretty and colorful dish. I plan on a re-do.

  7. Shelby says

    So I just made this for dinner. My brother in law does not like anything healthy (kale, quinoa, etc.) He took some of this on the side of a burger that my husband made him and he thought it was awesome! This is such a good/easy recipe.

  8. Laurie says

    Lee, I stumbled onto your website via Pinterest. I’ve been interested in trying quinoa for a while but hadn’t found a recipe that sparked my interest. I made this tonight for dinner – THANK YOU SO MUCH! It was delicious and I love that it’s truly a “one pot dish”. I’ll be sure to pass your site along to my friends; we love trying new healthy recipes!

  9. Kaitie says

    I’m very excited to try this! What is the serving size for this? Sorry if I missed it in other comments!

  10. Sincere says

    Hi Lee, I made this for dinner tonight and it turned out great. Super yummy :), thanks for the recipe. Anyways, I was wondering for future reference if I could just prep everything ahead of time and throw in in the pan the night before. Then pull it out from the fridge for a weeknight dinner? Would that affect anything?

    • says

      Hey Tina! I’m not exactly sure it would turn out just because the liquid/cous cous ratio is different than quinoa. Quinoa is 2 to 1 and I believe cous cous is 1.25 to 1!

  11. Amy Shanahan says

    The only cheese I think would work here is feta…it compliments sun-dried tomatoes beautifully! Can’t wait to try this.

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