One Pan Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Quinoa


I’m always on the lookout for easy dinners that are delicious, healthy, filling, and meals that my whole family agree on. This one pot meal is everything listed all made in one pot and it can be ready in about 30 minutes (cut the broccoli and grate cheese while chicken and quinoa cook to best use time). My whole family loved it and I’ve already made it three times! I loved how easy it was to throw together and that it required minimal clean up. It reminded me a lot of the Cheesy Broccoli and Chicken Rice Casserole my mom always made but this uses quinoa and it’s made on the stovetop instead of in the oven.

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Even though this has cheese I’d still consider it a healthy meal because each serving only has 1 oz of cheese. I’ve made this with both medium and sharp cheese and like both, of course if you like a stronger cheddar flavor then use sharp or you could even use extra sharp.

I hope your family loves this as much as mine did. Thanks Melissa for the inspiration! Be sure to head over to her blog and try her original rice version. This girl is queen of one pot meals!


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One Pan Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli with Quinoa

5 from 3 votes

Yield: About 4 servings


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts , diced into 1-inch cubes
  • 3/4 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can low sodium-chicken broth (1 3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1/4 tsp dry thyme
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped fresh broccoli florets
  • 4 oz shredded sharp cheddar (1 cup)


  1. Heat olive oil in a deep skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add onion and saute 2 minutes, then add chicken and cook 2 1/2 minutes stirring occasionally. Add garlic and saute 1 minute longer (chicken should be cooked on outsides but inside doesn't need to be fully cooked through at this point because it will boil and simmer). Add in broth, quinoa and thyme and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a full boil then cover, reduce heat to a simmer and cook 12 minutes. Then quickly lift lid, sprinkle broccoli over top, recover and simmer about 8 minutes longer or until quinoa and broccoli have cooked through (it may have a little broth in the bottom still at this point and you can carefully drain it off if desired, just don't pour everything down the drain!). Sprinkle cheese over top, cover and heat 1 - 2 minute until cheese has melted.
  2. Recipe source: adapted from Number 2 Pencil




  • Ashley: Made this tonight and it was awesome. My kids even loved it! Thanks for posting such great recipes. August 19, 2015 at 6:42pm Reply

  • Danielle: I made this for dinner tonight. It is delicious! Thank you so much for the recipe! July 26, 2015 at 5:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Danielle! July 27, 2015 at 10:40am Reply

  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout: This looks so cheesy and addicting! I love anything broccoli :) May 18, 2015 at 5:55pm Reply

  • Jaime: So glad I pinned this. I will be making this tonight! I need to start making more one pan meals- cleaning up after dinner is not my strong suit.
    & I agree with Barb, great pictures! May 18, 2015 at 2:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Jaime! May 22, 2015 at 3:38pm Reply

  • Danae @ Recipe Runner: One pot meals are my favorite! So easy to make and less dishes to wash. Love the quinoa and all that delicious cheese in here! May 18, 2015 at 1:51pm Reply

  • Natalie Ann: This looks gorgeous! My mouth is watering just thinking about eating this! :)

    Natalie Ann xo May 18, 2015 at 3:13am Reply

  • Barb: This looks like the ultimate healthy comfort food dish I have been looking for. Your pictures are fantastic. May 17, 2015 at 9:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Barb! May 18, 2015 at 12:47pm Reply

      • Jax: Any idea for nutrition facts? I would love to be able to have this if approved from my doctor. But he has to see the numbers. Lol. I made it for my mother in law and snuck a bite…delicious! August 4, 2015 at 7:51pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: Sorry I don’t have nutritional info for my recipes, I wish I could help but since I’m not a dietitian I don’t quite fill comfortable listing all of that. August 5, 2015 at 10:19pm Reply

        • Kristi Bischoff: I went to and used the nutritional calculator. March 15, 2018 at 5:43pm Reply

  • Kelly: This looks and sounds amazing!

    xx Kelly May 17, 2015 at 7:34pm Reply

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