Casseroles are the ultimate comfort food. They warm you from the inside out and the best part is that they are an entire meal in one serving dish. I love making them for just that reason.
While Amelia isn’t the biggest fan of this dinner, Matilda is. Sometimes, I use one of the girls likes to help get the other one to eat new things. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. Tonight, it didn’t. But, Matilda had 2 platefuls, so it’s a 1-kind win kinda-night.
Ps- I loved it and so did Trevor. Thanks for this amazing recipe, @pinchofyum!
Creamy Chicken Quinoa & Broccoli Casserole
- 2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup milk (I used 2%)
- 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 cups water, divided
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 teaspoons seasoning
- 1/4 cup shredded Gruyere cheese (any kind will work)
- 3 cups fresh broccoli florets
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and generously grease a 9×13 baking dish.
- Bring the chicken broth and 1/2 cup milk to a low boil in a saucepan. Whisk the other 1/2 cup milk with the poultry seasoning and flour; add the mixture to the boiling liquid and whisk until a smooth creamy sauce forms. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix the sauce from step one, one cup water and quinoa and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Slice the chicken breasts into thin strips and lay the chicken breasts strips over the top of the quinoa mixture. Sprinkle with the seasoning. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
- While the casserole is in the oven, place the broccoli in boiling water for 1 minute until it turns bright green and then run under cold water. Set aside.
- Remove the casserole from the oven, check the mixture by stirring it around in the pan, and if needed, bake for an additional 10-15 minutes to get the right consistency. When the quinoa and chicken are cooked and the sauce is thickened, add the broccoli and a little bit of water (up to one cup) until the consistency is creamy and smooth and you can stir it up easily in the pan. Top with the cheese and bake for 5 minutes, or just long enough to melt the cheese. Enjoy!