greek quinoa casserole.

by Janetha on January 17, 2013

in recipes

this recipe has been in my head for over a year.

over a YEAR, people.

we love greek.

we love casseroles.

so.. this recipe was a shoe-in.

we loved it.

hope you do, too.

Greek Quinoa Casserole  - meals & moves

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greek quinoa casserole with chicken
prep & active cooking time: 15 minutes
bake time: 30 minutes
yield: five servings

Greek Quinoa Casserole Ingredients - meals & moves

ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts thinly sliced into five equal pieces
  • 4 oz olive tapenade
  • 6 oz marinated artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
  • 4 oz roasted or sun dried tomatoes in oil, roughly chopped
  • 2 oz crumbled feta
  • 2 oz crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 fluid oz (1/4 cup) balsamic vinegar
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 of a lemon

directions:

  1. preheat oven to 350* F.
  2. rinse quinoa and then combine it with broth in a medium saucepan.
  3. bring broth to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover saucepan and simmer for 15 minutes or until quinoa is cooked through.
  4. heat a skillet over medium heat and coat with olive oil.
  5. season chicken with salt and pepper then place in heated skillet.
  6. sear each side of chicken breasts for about two minutes, then remove from heat.
  7. meanwhile, combine tapenade, artichokes, and tomatoes in a bowl.
  8. add quinoa, vinegar, and 1 tsp each of salt and pepper to the bowl, mix to combine.
  9. layer half of the quinoa mixture in an 8 x 8 casserole dish.
  10. sprinkle with all of the feta.
  11. place chicken over quinoa.
  12. squeeze juice of half a lemon over the chicken.
  13. layer remaining quinoa mixture over the chicken.
  14. sprinkle with all of the goat cheese.
  15. cover and bake for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  16. serve immediately. enjoy!

step-by-step photo tutorial:

preheat oven to 350* F.

rinse quinoa and then combine it with broth in a medium saucepan.

bring broth to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover saucepan and simmer for 15 minutes or until quinoa is cooked through.

Cooked Quinoa - meals & moves

heat a skillet over medium heat and coat with olive oil.

season chicken with salt and pepper then place in heated skillet.

Seared Chicken - meals & moves

sear each side of chicken breasts for about two minutes, then remove from heat.

meanwhile, combine tapenade, artichokes, and tomatoes in a bowl.

Marinated Veggies - meals & moves

add quinoa, vinegar, and 1 tsp each of salt and pepper to the bowl, mix to combine.

Mixed Quinoa & Veggies - meals & moves

layer half of the quinoa mixture in an 8 x 8 casserole dish. sprinkle with all of the feta.

Layer One Greek Quinoa Casserole - meals & moves

place chicken over quinoa.

Chicken Layer - Greek Quinoa Casserole - meals & moves

squeeze juice of half a lemon over the chicken.

Lemon - meals & moves

layer remaining quinoa mixture over the chicken. sprinkle with all of the goat cheese.

Layer Two Greek Quonia Casserole - meals & moves

cover and bake for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

serve immediately. enjoy!

Greek Quinoa Casserole - meals & moves

and, for you calorie and macronutrient trackers, here are the stats per serving (one-fifth of the recipe):

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please note that the higher fat is due to the healthy oils and olives—it’s all good fat. don’t fear the fat, folks. if you use myfitnesspal, you can find this recipe on myfitnesspal.com’s database under “Greek Quinoa Casserole – meals & moves” for tracking purposes.

this dish would be really great with a dollop of hummus and a dollop of tzatziki on top! alas, we were already eating dinner at 9 PM and i had neither of those toppings.. but if you have them on hand, give them a whirl. i bet it’d be delicious. also, if you are vegetarian, you could easily omit the chicken and it would still be a filling, flavorful meal!

Q~

what was the last thing you baked in your oven?

xo. janetha g.

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries January 17, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Sounds absolutely delicious. This really is perfect – I’ve been looking for some new recipes that involve quinoa, plus I LOVE Greek style food. Artichokes, feta, and olives? Yes please!

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Heather @ Heather's Dish January 17, 2013 at 6:49 pm

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS – I want this now! Pinned for dinner next week…I seriously cannot wait!

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Nicole @ Fruit 'N' Fitness January 17, 2013 at 7:50 pm

This sounds SO good! I have just recently tried quinoa and was surprised how much i liked it! I love greek foods too! I will have to try this! It sounds like a dish that would have lots of leftovers to take for lunches too!

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momma b. January 17, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Recipe looks and sounds tasty!!

Bacon

Love you!

xo

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Vanessa N January 18, 2013 at 4:31 am

I’m definitely going to have to try this. and THANK YOU for having the prep/cook time include making the quinoa and chicken haha. i go mental when i start a recipe like this and it says it will take 10 min. b/c it assumes you have pre-cooked quinoa and grilled chicken breasts just lying around.

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Erica January 18, 2013 at 5:18 am

YUM! I just bought some more quinoa to make two peas quinoa mac and cheese. I will have to try this after. Last thing I baked- peanut butter bars!

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Laura @ RunningJunkie123 January 18, 2013 at 5:36 am

I baked carrot cake cupcakes last night. Best.cupcake.ever. Cream cheese icing is to die for…..not quite as healthy as your casserole. haha.

That looks really good though. I love quinoa. I’ve had a harder time finding it in the store recently.

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Linz @ Itz Linz January 18, 2013 at 5:59 am

oooh i like the looks and sounds of this!! my fam digs greek too, so i know this would be a winner!

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Katie January 18, 2013 at 6:54 am

Only the good recipes stick in your head for a year. I am that way about desserty things. This looks incredible!

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kerry January 18, 2013 at 7:37 am

oo this looks good! been loving quinoa recipes lately!

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Sami January 18, 2013 at 11:15 am

looks delicious, j! :)

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cathy January 18, 2013 at 12:13 pm

I too love all things Greek so YUM! Last thing I baked was a Zucchini and Tomato Gratin. :)

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Franzi January 18, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Last time i used my oven for making banana bread… yummm (that was on Wednesday and it’s almost done.. oops ^^)

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Annette@FitnessPerks January 18, 2013 at 1:11 pm

WHOA yum!!! We love quinoa over here & Greek food is so yummy. I need to pick up some artichokes!

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Stephanie January 26, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Yum! Gonna try this recipe this week! My first time trying goat cheese. Couldn’t find sundries tomatoes but I think that’s fine cause I am not a huge fan. And no olive tapenade so I am making my own with Kalmata olives :) can’t wait!

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Janetha January 26, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Great idea! Let me know your thoughts.

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