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Fajita Chicken Quinoa Bake

Fajita Chicken Quinoa Bake is a healthy quinoa casserole filled with fajita chicken, fajita spices, and peppers! Oh and don’t forget the cheese. It is a casserole, after all!

Ah, quinoa. My long lost friend. I’m not sure why but it’s been awhile since I’ve cooked with quinoa. I think it was the mess my kids make with it that deterred me from cooking with it for awhile. Luckily, now 2 out of 3 of my kids mainly keep their food on their plates so I was ready to start cooking it again. Starting with this Fajita Chicken Quinoa Bake! Oh I’m so glad I decided to get back on the quinoa train – this quinoa casserole is so good!

If you’re not familiar with quinoa, it can be used like rice is used in most cases. It has a really great nutritional profile, as it’s filled with lots of vitamins and has more protein and fiber than other grains. One cup actually has 8 grams of protein and is one of the few plant proteins that is a complete protein. Pretty cool!

What You’ll Need

  • Quinoa – I used white quinoa in this recipe but you could use red or trim-color quinoa as well.
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Yellow Bell Pepper
  • White Onion
  • Fajita Seasoning – this comes in packets by the taco seasoning.
  • Taco Sauce
  • Diced Tomatoes¬†
  • Chicken Broth
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Toppings – avocado, sour cream, green onions, ¬†and cilantro

How to Make Fajita Chicken Quinoa Bake

In addition to being delicious, healthy, and filling, this quinoa casserole is also super easy to make. It’s as easy as dumping all of the ingredients into a baking dish, covering it with foil, and baking it in the oven until it’s perfectly cooked!

To start, add the quinoa, peppers, onion, and diced chicken to a greased baking dish, followed by fajita seasoning, taco sauce, diced tomatoes, and chicken broth. Gently stir it all together to get everything nice and combined. Then sprinkle with cheese and cover with foil. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 50-55 minutes, and take the foil off for the last 10 minutes to get the cheese golden brown. After the baking time, the quinoa and chicken will be cooked and the entire casserole will be cheesy!

To serve, I like topping this with some diced avocado, green onion, cilantro, and sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt!).

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Fajita Chicken Quinoa Bake

Fajita Chicken Quinoa Bake is a healthy casserole filled with fajita chicken, peppers, and spices – all topped with cheese!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bell peppers, chicken, dinner, main dish
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 371kcal
Author: Taylor

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into thin 1" pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper stem and seeds removed, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper stem and seeds removed, diced
  • 1/2 white onion diced
  • 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp fajita seasoning
  • 8 ounces taco sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Toppings:

  • Diced green onion
  • chopped cilantro
  • Sour cream
  • Diced avocado

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Grease a 9×13" baking dish.
  • To the baking dish, add the quinoa, chicken, bell peppers, onion, diced tomatoes, fajita seasoning, taco sauce, and broth. Mix well with a spatula.
  • Top with the shredded cheese.
  • Cover with foil and bake in preheated oven for 50-55 minutes, removing the foil for the last 10 minutes.
  • Serve topped with cilantro, green onion, sour cream, and avocado.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 563mg | Potassium: 729mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1143IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 317mg | Iron: 3mg
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