Serves: 6 Servings
3 cups diced rotisserie chicken (or any other cooked chicken)
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups crushed tomatoes
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
¼ cup half and half
¼ to ½ tsp. crushed red pepper (this is optional)
Salt and pepper, to taste
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
Handful fresh basil, chopped
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
To make quinoa, rinse and soak for about 10 minutes in warm water. Bring 2 cups of chicken broth to a boil in a small saucepan, drain quinoa and add to boiling broth. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer, cooking for about 12 to 15 minutes. Turn heat off and allow quinoa to sit for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork; set aside.
To make the sauce, combine crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and balsamic vinegar in a saucepan on medium heat and bring to a simmer. Add half and half, crushed red pepper and salt/pepper and continue cooking until heated through.
In a large bowl, mix together chopped chicken, quinoa, Parmesan cheese and a ½ cup mozzarella cheese, then add sauce to quinoa mixture; mixing well.
Pour quinoa mixture into a prepared 9×13 baking dish and top with the remaining mozzarella cheese and tomatoes.
Bake in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and casserole is heated through. Top with fresh basil, serve and enjoy!
Serving Size: 1¼ cup • Calories: 337 • Fat: 10.5 g • Saturated Fat: 4.3 g • Carbs: 29.2 g • Fiber: 4.8 g • Protein: 31.1 g • Sugars: 2.5 g •