Chicken Enchilada Quinoa

chicken enchilada quinoa

My love for mexican food runs deep. This quinoa bake is a delicious spin on chicken enchiladas (hold the tortilla) and the fresh cilantro really makes the dish pop. It’s super filling and packs a protein punch with the chicken, black beans and quinoa. My avocado wasn’t ripe or I would’ve thrown some slices on there. Do me a favor and add some to yours, because it’s the icing on the cake.

Chicken Enchilada Quinoa
via tablespoon

2 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 1/2 c cooked quinoa (prepare according to bag)
1 1/2 c shredded & cooked chicken breasts (could also use a rotisserie chicken)
1 can (15 oz) black beans
1 can (4.5 oz) chopped green chiles
1 tbsp chili powder
2 c enchilada sauce
1/2 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 c shredded pepper jack cheese

sour cream/greek yogurt, sliced avocado, fresh cilantro

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8 inch square or 13×9 in baking dish with non-stick spray. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil and onion and cook 5 minutes or until onion is soft. Reduce heat to low and add in quinoa, chicken, black beans, green chiles, chili powder and 2 cups of enchilada sauce. Stir to combine and remove from heat. Stir in the cheddar cheese. Transfer quinoa mixture to baking dish and top evenly with pepper jack cheese. Bake 10-15 minutes. Turn oven to broil and broil 1-2 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbly. Remove from oven and top with any of the optional toppings.





  1. January 20, 2015 / 6:59 am

    This looks so good for a weeknight option!! The quinoa is a great substation for rice here!! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

  2. Amy Ann
    January 20, 2015 / 7:21 am

    Yum!! I just made quinoa burrito bowls last night. I’ll have to give this a try. I love me some enchiladas. 🙂

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  3. jillian
    January 20, 2015 / 7:39 am

    mmm this sounds awesome! i love mexican food too! xo jillian

  4. January 20, 2015 / 8:44 am

    Mexican food is my favorite – this looks so yummy!

    xo katie // a touch of teal

  5. Chesson
    January 20, 2015 / 8:56 am

    Healthy Mexican? I can get behind that! This sounds delicious!

  6. January 20, 2015 / 9:01 am

    I’m on a total Mexican food kick lately, will have to try this!

  7. January 20, 2015 / 9:36 am

    ooh, goodness gracious, this looks amazing!!! it is bad that i want this at 934 am???

  8. January 20, 2015 / 9:42 am

    oooooh yum. need to pull out my bag of quinoa!

  9. January 20, 2015 / 11:08 am

    That looks so good and protein packed! Definitely need to try that with all my frozen chicken I have 😉

  10. January 20, 2015 / 3:30 pm

    Now this looks delicious!! I love Mexican food as well, and am usually guilty of grabbing tortilla shells. I love the option of quinoa. I am finally ok with it after trying it several times.

  11. January 20, 2015 / 5:09 pm

    Ok, this looks seriously amazing!! I love Mexican food and this is such a great way to make it healthier!

  12. January 20, 2015 / 5:45 pm

    This looks so delicious! I always see recipes that I tell myself I’m going to make (and never do) but I am definitely going to make this one. I mean, anything that has both cilantro and avocado (ok, Mexican food) is a win in my book.

  13. January 20, 2015 / 6:46 pm

    Um, your and my love of Mexican runs QUITE deep haha. Love this spin on dinner using the quinoa!

  14. January 20, 2015 / 6:51 pm

    hm, mexican recipes are my absolute favorite! thanks for sharing this one!

  15. January 20, 2015 / 10:12 pm

    Yum!! Mexican food is legit the best. I seriously crave it all the time. And as usual, this meal looks delicious!!

    Savvy City Chic

  16. January 21, 2015 / 12:29 am

    I have to make this!! They look so yummy! I’m a major fan of Mexican food and we regularly have burrito bowls with quinoa during the week, but I’d love to branch out and give this recipe a go 🙂

    Carly x

  17. January 26, 2015 / 3:36 pm

    This recipe sounds absolutely amazing!!! I LOVE mexican food!! Can’t wait to try it!!