Better-than-Mom’s Chicken, Broccoli, and Quinoa Casserole with Curry Sauce
Using quinoa and homemade sauce makes this Better-than-Mom’s Chicken, Broccoli, and Quinoa Casserole with Curry Sauce better than the one mom used to make. Use Casserole Recipes to find more casseroles like this one!
I made this Better-than-Mom’s Chicken, Broccoli, and Quinoa Casserole with Curry Sauce a few times to get it just right, and I really wasn’t planning on posting the recipe right away. Then today after I took the latest version out of the oven I ate some for lunch, had seconds, and realized I was looking forward to eating it again for dinner, and I decided that this recipe needed to be on the blog.
The idea for a chicken and broccoli casserole that included quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) came from a cookbook I picked up at Costco called Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood. This book has so many recipes that look interesting, and I was intrigued by the idea of remaking this classic American casserole with quinoa replacing the rice and using a sauce to replace the canned soup.
Of course I put my own spin on it, using leftover rotisserie chicken to save a step, bumping up the lemon juice, and topping the casserole with coarsely-grated Parmesan instead of cheddar. If you’re already a fan of uber-nutritious quinoa you’re going to love this, but even if you’ve never cooked quinoa before, I highly recommend you give this a try.
Most quinoa has to be rinsed (check the package to be sure.) Rinse with cold water until no more foam shows. Cook the quinoa in boiling water or stock until the liquid is absorbed, then put the lid on and let it sit for 6 minutes. Fluff with a fork. (Here is more on How to Cook Quinoa if you’ve never done it.) Cut broccoli to make 3 cups of same-sized broccoli flowerets, then cook in salted boiling water about 2-3 minutes and drain.
Cut up enough chicken to make 2 cups of diced, cooked chicken. (I used leftover rotisserie chicken.)Whisk together the sour cream, mayo, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, curry powder, Vege-Sal (or salt) and black pepper. In casserole dish that you’ve oiled or sprayed with non-stick spray, layer the quinoa, broccoli, and diced chicken.
Use a rubber-scraper to spread the sauce mixture over the top of the other ingredients. (I used the rubber scraper to poke spaces for the sauce to run down.) Cover the top of the casserole with coarsely grated Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350F/180C for 35-40 minutes, or until the casserole is bubbling and the top is starting to brown. Serve hot and enjoy!
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Better-than-Mom's Chicken, Broccoli, and Quinoa Casserole with Curry Sauce
Using quinoa and homemade sauce makes this Better-than-Mom’s Chicken, Broccoli, and Quinoa Casserole with Curry Sauce better than the one mom used to make.
- 1/2 cup quinoa (rinsed unless the package says it does not need rinsing)
- 1 cup water for cooking quinoa (or a little more, see recipe)
- 3 cups broccoli flowerets, cut into same-sized pieces
- 1/2 tsp. salt (for cooking broccoli)
- 2 cups diced cooked chicken (I used leftover rotisserie chicken)
- 1 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/3 cup mayo
- 2 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp. curry powder
- salt and fresh ground pepper to taste to season the sauce
- 1/3 cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese.
- Preheat oven to 350F/180C.
- Rinse quinoa until no more foam appears.
- Combine quinoa with 1 cup water and bring to a boil. (Use the smallest pan you have that has a tight-fitting lid. I used a pan that was too big and I had to add a couple T more water to get the quinoa done.)
- Simmer until the water is absorbed, then cover the pan with the lid and let it sit for 5-6 minutes, fluffing with a fork when the quinoa is done.
- While quinoa cooks, start a medium sized pan of water boiling while you cut broccoli to make 3 cups same-sized flowerets.
- Add about 1/2 tsp. salt to the water, add broccoli, and cook 2-3 minutes, or until the broccoli turns bright green.
- Drain broccoli into a colander placed in the sink.
- Dice enough cooked chicken to make 2 cups diced, cooked chicken.
- Whisk together the low-fat sour cream, mayo, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, curry powder, Vege-Sal (or salt) and black pepper to make the sauce.
- Spray a 9″ x 9″ glass or crockery casserole with with non-stick spray or oil.
- Layer quinoa, broccoli, then chicken, spreading out each ingredient so it covers the surface or is distributed evenly.
- Use a rubber scraper to spread the sauce mixture over the top of the chicken. (I used the side of the rubber scraper to poke slits so the sauce could run down into the other ingredients a bit.)
- Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the top.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the casserole is bubbling and the top is starting to brown.
- Serve hot.
This would be great to take to work for lunch and re-heat in a microwave. The chicken, broccoli, and quinoa would make a balanced one-dish meal.
This recipe adapted from Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Better-than-Mom’s Chicken, Broccoli, and Quinoa Casserole with Curry Sauce would be approved for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet. For South Beach dieters it would be best to use light sour cream and light mayo. Although quinoa is high in protein, a casserole with this much quinoa is probably too high in carbs for a low-carb diet plan.
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