Finding yummy, healthy and easy to make dinners now that I’m on a gluten free, dairy free and egg free diet has been difficult. After telling a friend about my challenges finding an easy and yummy weeknight meal to make, she told me about Fit Foodie Finds’ Cashew Chicken Quinoa Bake.
We tried the dish using Lee’s original recipe and it was great. Personally, I like tweaking recipes around a bit and changing up the sauce, adding different (and additional veggies) etc. That’s what we did with this dish and it is delish!
While it takes some time to bake in the oven and the casserole dish gets very sticky, clean up is otherwise quick and easy. Also, since your protein, veggies and carbs are in the casserole dish it’s a one dish meal – perfect for nights when you’re tired and don’t feel like cooking (which is me many nights ;))
Ingredients for the One Dish Chicken Quinoa Bake
Veggies of choice: we’ve used snow peas, broccoli, red peppers and shiitake mushrooms
4 chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
1 cup of uncooked quinoa
2 cloves of minced garlic
1 inch of peeled fresh ginger (minced)
3 tablespoons of gluten free Tamari sauce
3/4 cup of gluten free Hoisin sauce
1 1/4 cup vegetable broth
Handful of cashews – I prefer unsalted
Instructions to Make One Dish Chicken Quinoa Bake
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and spray your rectangular casserole dish with olive oil spray.
Cut up your veggies of choice into bite sized pieces. We’ve used snow peas, mushrooms, red peppers, broccoli etc
Cut up your chicken into bite sized pieces as well.
Spread your uncooked quinoa in the casserole dish sprayed liberally with olive oil spray.
Spread your cut and washed veggies on top of the quinoa.
Then place the chicken pieces on top of the quinoa and veggies.
Mix together the sauce ingredients in a medium sized bowl (ginger, garlic, Tamari sauce, hoisin sauce and vegetable broth). Once it’s well combined pour the sauce on top of the quinoa, veggies and chicken.
Bake in the oven for 45 minutes (uncovered). After 45 minutes add the handful of cashews to the top of the dish and place back in the oven for 10 minutes.
Double check that the chicken is cooked and your amazing one dish chicken quinoa bake is ready!