This Chicken Quinoa Casserole is a healthier alternative to Chicken & Rice. With chicken, quinoa and a homemade cream of celery soup, you've got a delicious casserole that the whole family will love. This is a great quinoa recipe to introduce your kids to quinoa!
How is your summer going?
It has been sweltering here and thought it certainly feels like summer, I can't say that I've been enjoying traditional summer things. When you live in warm climates, summer becomes how I imagine winter for those up north. You just sort of deal with it and know that better times are coming soon.
I'm looking forward to days by the pool and grilling out when September rolls around.
Still, there is something I'm doing that has made me so happy. I've started "dating" the boys.
Recently I realized that since Skye came along, they weren't getting enough of my attention. Of course, I'm with them all the time. But when Skye is there she demands her Mama's full focus.
So a few weeks back, I had a conversation with them and asked if they would like to have a special day out once a week. They responded with such enthusiasm that it blew me away.
We've done this several times, and each time I'm amazed at how happy it makes us all. I feel like I'm connecting with them, and that connection extends out to the rest of the week. I love taking them to nicer restaurants (that I'd never take Skye to) and enjoying a meal with real conversation and not worrying about eating fast before a fit starts.
It is one of the best traditions I've ever started for our family.
What are things you've done that have positively impacted your relationship with your children?
Another great tradition is dinnertime. This Chicken Quinoa Casserole is one I've been making for several years! It is kid-friendly and so easy to put together. If you are short on time, you could use canned cream of celery soup.
Chicken & Quinoa Casserole
- Olive oil spray
- 2 onions chopped
- 4 celery ribs chopped
- 4 cups cooked quinoa
- 5 cups chopped cooked chicken or Beyond Meat Chicken Strips
- 3 cups cream of celery soup I used this recipe
- 16 ounces Greek yogurt or sour cream
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- ½ cup gluten free breadcrumbs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 3 quart casserole dish with olive oil.
- Spray a skillet with olive oil and heat to medium. Add onion and celery and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, until tender. Transfer to a large bowl and add quinoa and chicken. Toss well to combine.
- In a medium bowl whisk together cream of celery soup, yogurt, milk, sea salt and pepper. Add to quinoa and chicken mixture and toss well to combine. Transfer to prepared baking dish and top with breadcrumbs. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly.
Do you know where the cream of celery recipe is? It looks like there used to be a link, but it's gone now. TY
Sorry about that! I just added it back.
Karen Yannacio Morse
Yum and yum and I'll be over for dinner soon! haha... Wondering if you could substitute the quinoa for cous-cous? I'm more of a fan of that... but it might not work. Would love your thoughts!
Karen | GlamKaren.com
Thanks so much Karen! Yes, you could sub in couscous or even rice!
I would have to say that going to historical places and talking about what it was like back then has now turned into a must for every family vacation. We also love reading the same books!
I absolutely love that idea Terri! Thanks so much for sharing.
what a delicious way to use Quinoa. I have be eating quinoa for a week now and am loving it.
Thanks Rebecca! I think there over 600 quinoa recipes on the website, so I'm here for you if you need some inspiration. 🙂
I'm all about one-dish dinners, and this looks yummy. Now if I can just get my kids to eat it AND like it.
The struggle is real with my kids too!
This looks soooo good!! I am always looking for new casserole's even better that it includes quinoa. Pinning this for later!
Thanks so much Jenny!
I've been seeing these photos everywhere today and just had to stop by to comment on this delicious chicken and quinoa casserole. The family loves loves loves quinoa and I can't wait to make this recipe!
Thanks so much! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
This looks delicious. How well do you think it would work with chickpeas to make it vegetarian/ Yummy I bet.
I would bet that would be good. Tempeh would also be good if you tolerate soy.
Ana De Jesus
The cream of celery soup looks delicious and quinoa is a great ingredient to add to a casserole too. Need to pin this x
I always keep that soup on hand in the freezer! It is so useful.
I love quinoa! I switch my pic for quinoa about a year and half ago. It certainly is a change, but I love it now. My mom always makes chicken and quinoa, and she adds tons of vegetable to it! like carrots and broccoli
We love it too Ana!
This looks like such a fun, healthy and more importantly delicious alternative to the rice version! Thank you for sharing!
Thanks so much Yvonne!
Shirley Eliza Martinez
Chicken Quinoa! Yummy. I'd love to try this recipe and it's so healthy. Hopefully my kid would eat it too.
We never know with kids, do we? Let me know if you try it Shirley.
Arin Agase | Heart of Chic
This looks so incredibly delicious! I just love an easy, healthy recipe that will double as leftovers for the work week! Yum!
Thanks so much! I absolutely love having leftovers too.