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

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




  • Kelly: This looks and sounds amazing!

    xx Kelly May 17, 2015 at 7:34pm 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

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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • Amalia: This came out really yummy. I have made something like this before but the times in the recipe were helpful with the cooking, broccoli came out perfect and quinoa came out perfectly cooked. Yum. September 21, 2015 at 4:59pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Amalia! Thanks for your comment! September 21, 2015 at 5:31pm Reply

  • Jenn: This turned out wonderful! I used part of a rotissierie instead of cubed chicken. And didn’t have any quinoa so I used penne instead and it was awesome! Also used triple cheddar instead of sharp. So yes, a couple twists, but my husband AND kids ate it all! And it was rather healthy, and almost comfort-food like. I will be making it again. September 25, 2015 at 9:31am Reply

  • Wendy: Followed the recipe exactly & it was delicious. Everyone ate it and went back for seconds. Thanks for a great recipe! October 14, 2015 at 8:58pm Reply

  • Katy: Would you serve anything alongside this? January 10, 2016 at 8:26am Reply

  • hannah: Just FYI, for the cheese you wrote 4 oz (1 cup). This is incorrect. There are 8 oz in a cup January 25, 2016 at 5:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Cheesy measures by weight a bit differently so there are actually 4 oz shredded cheese in a cup and 8 oz in two cups (some types of cheese will weigh different than that though). January 26, 2016 at 8:40am Reply

    • Adam: Hanna you are incorrect. you are crossing liquid measurements here with solids. Yes there is 8oz of liquid (water) in one cup but that is not the same as if you are measuring cheese or any other solid. February 1, 2016 at 5:33pm Reply

  • Erin: It’d calls for “dry” quinoa, but I should still rinse it, right? February 20, 2016 at 6:04pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It depends on the brand some pre-rinse so if doesn’t list it then you might want to. February 20, 2016 at 10:31pm Reply

  • Jenn: This was delicious. I followed recipe exactly until the broccoli. It was still pretty crispy so I simmered for several extra minutes. Next time I will add it about 8 minutes earlier. Finally used that quinoa that’s been sitting in my cabinet for 6 months!! Yummy!! February 20, 2016 at 6:52pm Reply

  • Sarah: This recipe came out great. My family kept coming back for more! I did have to cook it about 10 mins extra for the broccoli to cook but it was worth the extra time. I followed the recipe almost exactly. I added extra broccoli and used 2 cups of cheese- we love cheese! My kids loved this so much, it will definitely become a regular dinner in my house. Thank you for this!! March 8, 2016 at 4:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear your family liked it Sarah! March 9, 2016 at 11:45am Reply

  • Brittany: Do you think it will alter the taste a ton if i use water instead of chicken broth? April 13, 2016 at 4:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It will make it more bland so I’d recommend using it if you can or adding in chicken base/bouillon + water for flavor. April 13, 2016 at 5:35pm Reply

  • Cindy Cappellano: This looks really good. I LOVE Quinoa and make an awesome Quinoa Bean Salad. I’m starting to look for some main dishes using Quinoa and This is going to be my first one! Thanks Jaclyn! :) May 17, 2016 at 2:26pm Reply

  • Melissa: This is an awesome recipe! Soo easy and so tastey! I had my doubts since there are so few spices in the recipe but I’m glad I was proven wrong! I made it once with beef broth because it was what I had in the house and it was even better than with chicken broth, so I make it with beef broth now. I’ve made this countless times! Thank you so much! May 18, 2016 at 10:40am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you’ve enjoyed this recipe Melissa! Thanks for letting me know! May 19, 2016 at 1:43am Reply

  • Jaclyn Wilkinson: This recipe sounds fantastic but I’m having to avoid all grain for the time being. Do you have any suggestions on how to cook it using cauliflower rice. I’m using prepackaged cauliflower crumbles that I bought at the store. Thanks for any help you can give me. June 22, 2016 at 7:00am Reply

  • Cindy: This is my new FAVORITE!!! YUM!!!! July 17, 2016 at 3:21pm Reply

  • natalie: Just made this for dinner tonight…AMAZING! My husband (a super picky eater) couldn’t get enough. Thanks for sharing :) July 30, 2016 at 7:16pm Reply

  • Amanda: Any idea how much longer to cook it if using white rice instead of quinoa? Thanks! August 5, 2016 at 3:58pm Reply

  • Grace W.: This was absolutely delicious and so easy! Quinoa and broccoli were cooked perfectly. Thank you for sharing your recipe. August 14, 2016 at 6:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you liked it! Thanks for the comment Grace! August 15, 2016 at 3:39pm Reply

  • Alora: Have you made this using frozen broccoli? September 11, 2016 at 1:45pm Reply

  • Carmen: I have a lot of turkey leftover from Thanksgiving in the freezer and I think I’ll try this recipe with lots of fresh broccoli. I’ve never tried quinoa but have been wanting to try also. So this recipe will work all the way around!!! January 11, 2017 at 12:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it! January 13, 2017 at 3:04pm Reply

  • Anna: I have given this recipe to so many friends! It is like a healthier version of Chicken Divan. Yummy comfort food for sure! January 30, 2017 at 3:58pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you love it Anna! January 31, 2017 at 10:21am Reply

  • Cat: I’ve been on a “quinoa bowl” kick lately and was so happy to find a recipe that 1) wasn’t Mexican flavored (most are and they all contain the same ingredients) and 2) had two of my fave flavors (chicken and broccoli). I did use the quinoa with sprouted rice (love that stuff) and topped it with the three cheddar cheese blend. OMG! This is the best quinoa bowl recipe ever!!!!! Comfort food the healthy way. 5 star rating! Thanks so much Jaclyn!!!! March 11, 2017 at 4:07pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked this recipe Cat! Thanks for letting me know :)! March 14, 2017 at 12:08am Reply

  • Elisa: Just made this tonight and it was delicious! I added extra garlic and some Tony Chachares salt free seasoning for a kick. Hubby loved it and he is not a big quinoa fan. Nice to replace starchy rice with a lighter alternative! June 27, 2017 at 8:49pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad to hear it Elisa! June 28, 2017 at 11:56am Reply

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