Cheddar Chicken Quinoa Bake

Cheddar Chicken Quinoa Bake
Cheddar Chicken Quinoa Bake

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 1

    shallot, minced

  • 1

    clove of garlic, minced

  • 2

    green onions, chopped

  • 1

    tomato, chopped

  • 1

    8oz. can tomato sauce

  • dash of red pepper flakes

  • salt & pepper

  • 2

    cups cooked & shredded chicken (I used leftovers from a roasted chicken)

  • 2

    cups cooked quinoa (I used a mixture of red & white)

  • 1/2

    red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1

    green chili pepper, diced (optional)

  • 1/4

    cup cilantro, chopped

  • 1 1/2

    cups grated white cheddar cheese, divided

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease an 8×8 baking dish. In a skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil, shallot, garlic and green onions. Saute for about 2-3 minutes. Add chopped tomato, tomato sauce, red pepper flakes and salt & pepper. Stir and simmer for 5-7 minutes. Meanwhile, combine quinoa, chicken, red pepper, chili pepper, cilantro and 1 cup of the cheddar cheese in a large bowl. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Add sauce to the bowl and toss to combine. Transfer mixture to the baking dish. Top with remaining ½ cup of cheddar cheese and cover with foil. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and garnish with additional green onions and/or cilantro.

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