Mexican Chicken Quinoa Casserole

Chicken, quinoa, and black beans combined with classic Mexican spices create a hearty, yet light, casserole you’ll enjoy any time of the year!

Mexican Chicken Quinoa Casserole

The weather is getting chillier here in Cincinnati. After a mild summer, and for the first time in years, I think I’m ready for fall. Maybe it’s the baby growing inside of me, but I’m really looking forward to comfort foods, comfy clothes, and cooler weather.

Mexican Chicken Quinoa Casserole

I actually made this dish for the first time last spring. The lovely people at Kohl’s sent me this Bobby Flay Stoneware pan to try out and I started thinking about what I wanted to make… I had a ripened avocado on the counter, so that was my inspiration.

Mexican Chicken Quinoa Casserole

I started throwing stuff together and came up with a mixture that I was happy with. After scooping it to the pan and baking it, I topped it with some of that fresh ripe avocado. One thing I really enjoy about this recipe is that it reheats nicely. So I can whip it up one night for dinner and we can enjoy leftovers for a couple days for lunch.

Mexican Chicken Quinoa Casserole

You could change up the mix-ins or the spices to fit your preferences or what you have on hand. I’ve also made this where I leave the tomatoes out while it bakes and top the casserole with freshly chopped tomatoes instead. That was a great way to use some fresh, ripe tomatoes!

Mexican Chicken Quinoa Casserole

Even though this was the first dish I made in my Bobby Flay pan, it isn’t the only thing I’ve made in it. We’ve made plenty of food using the pan for the past few months and have no complaints about it. I (of course) love the red color!

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Mexican Chicken Quinoa Casserole

Chicken, quinoa, and black beans combined with classic Mexican spices create a hearty, yet light, casserole you'll enjoy any time of the year!

Ingredients:

1 pkg boneless skinless chicken breasts (~2 lbs uncooked), or ~3.5 cups pre-cooked chicken, diced or shredded
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water
10 oz cherry tomatoes (~2 cups), chopped
6 oz fresh baby spinach, chopped
1 15-oz can low-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
6 oz plain Greek yogurt
1 14.5 oz can low-sodium chicken broth
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp ground chipotle
1/2 Tbsp pepper
2 tsp salt
8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
Chopped cilantro, avocado, etc for topping

Directions:

If not using leftover cooked chicken, heat oven to 375 degF. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment. Place chicken on baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through. Turn once after ~10 minutes. Allow to cool.

Boil the 2 cups of water in a small saucepan. Once boiling, stir in quinoa and return to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes or until quinoa absorbs water. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degF. Spray 9x13 pyrex pan or two 8x8 pans with non-stick spray.

Once chicken in cool enough to handle, chop in to bite sized pieces. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, tomatoes, spinach, and beans.

In a small mixing bowl, combine yogurt, chicken broth and seasonings. Stir in cheddar cheese. Pour over contents of large bowl and stir to combine (I like to use my hands to ensure complete coverage).

Pour mixture into prepared pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until bubbling around the edges. Remove from oven and allow to cool 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with your favorite toppings.

Recipe from Beantown Baker

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13 Responses to “Chicken Gyros”

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    yumventures — July 9, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I love making a bunch of different recipes and having them come together in one awesome meal! This looks so delicious, especially with the heat we’ve been having!

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    Manne — July 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Next time I come over, I insist we either have these delicious looking Gyros or go to the Turkish restaurant you talked about.

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    We Are Not Martha — July 9, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Wow, I love that addiction to the stove! Your chicken gyros look super flavorful and like the perfect hot day lunch!

    Sues

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    Lauren — July 9, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    I love that every aspect of this meal is homemade… yum! What is the name of the Turkish restaurant? I need to check it out :).

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    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy — July 9, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I just made something similar and they were great! LOVE the sauce! Thanks!

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    biz319 — July 9, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Can’t wait for you to post the recipe – I am putting it on my menu for next week. 😀

    I used to make tzatziki sauce too -until my grocery store started selling it for .99 cents for a 16 ounce container – so cheap!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

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    Sweet & Savory Summer — July 9, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I love me a traditional, good, lamb gyro- but these look delicious! I might have to break out of my comfort zone 🙂

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    Sweet & Savory Summer — July 9, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I love me a traditional, good, lamb gyro- but these look delicious! I might have to break out of my comfort zone 🙂

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    Julie — July 9, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    We definitely have to try these…yum!

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    brettb734 — July 11, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Those look delicious, I will have to try those!

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    Sheena — July 13, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Can the pita bread dough be made in advance and kept in the fridge overnight? I want to make these tomorrow for dinner but will not have time for the 90 minute and then 20 minute rise times. Any advice would be great. Thanks!

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    Cara — July 13, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    welcome to the bandwagon! love Elly’s recipe!

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    Jen — July 13, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Manne – sounds like a plan

    Lauren – It’s called Brookline Family Restaurant and it’s on Washington St in Brookline Village. Definitely check it out if you’re in the area.

    Sheena – I’m not sure about freezing the pita bread dough. I’m sure it would be fine as other bread doughs can be frozen and used later. Let me know how it goes if you try it!

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