Baked Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Casserole

Looking for a lightened-up one dish dinner that will feed the whole family? Make this protein-packed (and veggie-packed!) baked chicken parmesan quinoa casserole in just 60-minutes!

Baked chicken parmesan quinoa casserole

This might be the quinoa casserole of all quinoa casseroles. It’s been on Fit Foodie Finds’ content calendar for like 6 months and it kept getting pushed off. Welp, this baked chicken parmesan quinoa casserole recipe is finally here and ready for you to make. It feeds 4-6 people and is full of SO MUCH FLAVOR. Not to mention, it’s packed with protein and veggies. What more could you ask for?

 

Baked chicken parmesan quinoa casserole on a plate

Really though. Let’s talk about likes and dislikes of food for a second. I have a VERYYYY short list of foods that I “dislike.” I’m not going to use the word hate because I’m hoping one day my taste buds change.

  • olives – too salty
  • eggplant – weird texture
  • mushrooms – weird texture

3 foods on my dislike list and everything else is a thumbs up. I’d say that’s pretty stellar.

Linley convinced us that mushrooms needed to go in the base of the sauce. I was pleasantly surprised that I LOVED the mushrooms in this dish. So, if you’re on the fence about this chicken parmesan because of the ‘shrooms, I’m here to tell you, IT’S STILL DELISH. I think it was because they were finely diced instead of whole. They added great flavor and I couldn’t even tell they were in there texture-wise.

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Chicken parmesan quinoa casserole ready to be baked

For this baked chicken parmesan quinoa casserole, you throw everything in your baking dish completely RAW! Veggies, meat, quinoa…everything is raw! Then all you have to do is bake it for an hour. This seriously could not get easier.

Also worth noting: we tested this bad boy with eggplant (at least Linley did..I refused to eat it, okay fine I had a bite) and it was great! If you’re a vegetarian…you are in luck! Just slice your eggplant hot dog way and follow the directions just like the chicken. You will still need to bake for the full 60 minutes because that’s how long the quinoa will take to fluff.

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Chicken parmesan quinoa casserole ready to be baked
Recipe

Baked Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Casserole

Looking for a lightened-up one dish dinner that will feed the whole family? Make this protein-packed (and veggie-packed!) baked chicken parmesan quinoa casserole in just 60-minutes!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Author: Lee Hersh
Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 1.5 cup mushrooms, diced
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 3 cups Marinara Sauce (any kind of spaghetti sauce will work!)
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons flour (I used white whole wheat, but white or gluten-free will work, too!)
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 4 large chicken breasts (or 6 medium chicken breasts)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF and spray a casserole dish with coconut oil cooking spray.
  2. Prep veggies by dicing a whole green pepper and 1.5 cups of mushrooms. Finely dice 1/2 a yellow onion (~1/2 cup).
  3. Place 1 cup of uncooked quinoa on the bottom of your casserole dish and then layer on veggies.
  4. Add 3 cups of marinara sauce, 1 cup of chicken broth, and a tablespoon of minced garlic to the casserole dish and mix everything together. Set aside.
  5. In a medium-size bowl, mix together flour, shredded parmesan, and garlic powder. Then, crack an egg into a small bowl and whisk.
  6. Prep chicken breast by dipping into the egg and then into the parmesan mixture making sure everything is generously coated. Place chicken breast on top of quinoa mixture
  7. Finally, sprinkle on the leftover parmesan mixture and even more cheese if you desire. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  8. Bake at 375º, uncovered for 20 minutes. Then, cover with tin foil and bake for an additional 40 minutes or until the quinoa is fully cooked.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/6
  • Calories: 353
  • Sugar: 9
  • Fat: 9
  • Carbohydrates: 32
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 31
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