Easy weeknight dinners are something we are all looking for. Even better when they are packed full of flavor and good for you foods. I have just the dish for you. With a little beforehand prep work, this comes together in minutes. This is another great recipe where you likely have all the ingredients in your pantry.
I had to take the photos in the dark but you get the idea. This is a keeper recipe for sure. Our local grocery store recently had a little makeover and they had some of the bulk items on clearance, including tri color quinoa so I have a bunch to use up that I snatched at a VERY reasonable price.
BBQ Chicken Quinoa Casserole – serves 6
- 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa (or brown rice)
- 1 1/2 cups cooked and shredded chicken (can use rotisserie to save time)
- 3/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese
- 1/2 cup plain light sour cream
- 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp. preferred BBQ sauce
- 1 (14 oz.) corn, drained
- 1 (14 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
- 4 green onions, sliced
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- Dash of red pepper flakes (to taste)
- diced cilantro, fresh tomatoes and green onion
- additional bbq sauce
- additional sour cream
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a large bowl combine quinoa, corn, black beans, sour cream, 1/3 cup bbq sauce, 1/2 cup of shredded cheese, half the green onions, garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper.
- Toss the cooked chicken with 1-2 tbsp bbq sauce and set aside.
- Lightly grease a casserole dish. Spread half of the quinoa mixture into the bottom of the dish. Evenly distribute half of the shredded bbq chicken over the top. Distribute the rest of the quinoa mixture over the top of it, and then cover it with the remaining bbq chicken. Sprinkle remaining cheese and green onions over the top.
- Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes (or until cheese is melted and bubbly). Remove foil and bake another 5-10 minutes until cheese starts to brown.
Before (I actually put this together in the a.m. so I could pop it in the oven after work, shoveling, walking the dog, etc.) and after.
I topped my plate with just a drizzle more of BBQ sauce and fresh green onion. I loved this dish and have already made it a few more times. You get bites of sweet from the corn and BBQ sauce, creamy from the sour cream and cheese and then a kick of spice here and there if you use red pepper flakes. Enjoy!