Cheddar chicken quinoa bake Friday, September 15, 2017


1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup red onion, minced
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 green onions, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 8oz. can tomato sauce
dash of red pepper flakes
salt & pepper
2 cups cooked & shredded chicken (I used leftovers from a roasted chicken)
2 cups cooked quinoa
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green chili pepper, diced (optional)
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
11/2 cups grated cheddar cheese, divided


Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease an 8x8 baking dish. In a skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil, shallot, garlic and green onions. Saute for about 2-3 minutes. Add chopped tomato, tomato sauce, red pepper flakes and salt & pepper. Stir and simmer for 5-7 minutes. Meanwhile, combine quinoa, chicken, red pepper, chili pepper, cilantro and 1 cup of the cheddar cheese in a large bowl. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Add sauce to the bowl and toss to combine. Transfer mixture to the baking dish. Top with remaining 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese and cover with foil. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and garnish with additional green onions and/or cilantro.