Chicken Quinoa Bake

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This Chicken Quinoa Bake is light, healthy, easy to make, and so good! The best part about this dish is its secret ingredient…Bacon!

2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
1 cup milk (I used 2%)
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
½ cup Whole Wheat flour
2 cups water, divided
1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
¼ cup cooked, crumbled bacon (optional... sort of)
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 teaspoons seasoning (like Emeril\'s Essence or any basic blend you like)
¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese (any kind will work)
3 cups fresh broccoli florets
Sauce: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and generously grease a 9x13 baking dish (seriously, be generous because it really really sticks to the sides). Bring the chicken broth and ½ cup milk to a low boil in a saucepan. Whisk the other ½ cup milk with the poultry seasoning and flour; add the mixture to the boiling liquid and whisk until a smooth creamy sauce forms. Assembly: In a large bowl, mix the sauce from step one, one cup water, quinoa, and bacon and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Slice the chicken breasts into thin strips and lay the chicken breasts strips over the top of the quinoa mixture. Sprinkle with the seasoning. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Broccoli: While the casserole is in the oven, place the broccoli in boiling water for 1 minute until it turns bright green and then run under cold water. Set aside. Bake: Remove the casserole from the oven, check the mixture by stirring it around in the pan, and if needed, bake for an additional 10-15 minutes to get the right consistency. When the quinoa and chicken are cooked and the sauce is thickened, add the broccoli and a little bit of water (up to one cup) until the consistency is creamy and smooth and you can stir it up easily in the pan. Top with the cheese and bake for 5 minutes, or just long enough to melt the cheese.
Nutritions

Calories
1956

Sodium
2567mg
106% DV

Fat
91g
140% DV

Protein
156g
312% DV

Carbs
189g
64% DV

Fiber
37g
151% DV

Just like your favorite decadent spinach and artichoke dip, this cheesy Spinach Artichoke Chicken Casserole is rich, creamy, and full of garlicky flavor! With three different types of cheese, pasta, chicken, artichoke hearts, fresh spinach, Alfredo sauce, and a buttery Parmesan breadcrumb topping, this dish is an easy dinner that tastes like a special restaurant meal. Serve the casserole with a simple green salad and a side of garlic bread for the ultimate family supper!

4 oz dry penne pasta
15 oz jar Alfredo sauce
8 oz cream cheese
2 t minced garlic
2 T red wine vinegar
1 t grated lemon zest ( plus 1 T lemon juice )
1/4 t ground black pepper
2 c cooked shredded chicken
2 cans quartered artichoke hearts ( 14 ounces each )
2 c fresh baby spinach
1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 c Italian seasoned panko breadcrumbs
1 ounce grated Parmesan cheese
1 T salted butter
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  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a 2-quart baking dish (such as 11 x 7-inch or deep 8-inch or 9-inch square); set aside.
  • Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water, according to...
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Nutritions

Calories
807

Sodium
843mg
35% DV

Fat
44g
67% DV

Protein
53g
107% DV

Carbs
43g
14% DV

Fiber
17g
70% DV