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Spicy Chicken Quinoa Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Spicy Chicken Quinoa

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"We are trying to eat healthier, but we still want flavorful, so I came up with this recipe. My family loves it! Great served with chips, stuffed in half a zucchini (and baked), in a tortilla, or just by itself!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    45 mins


  1. Bring chicken broth and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Mix chicken, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl.
  3. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir chicken mixture in hot oil until chicken is cooked through, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain and discard grease. Transfer chicken mixture to a bowl.
  4. Heat remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir zucchini in hot oil until softened, about 4 minutes. Add cooked quinoa, chicken mixture, corn, black beans, tomatoes, and salsa to skillet; cook, stirring, until heated through and flavors have combined, 5 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle cheese over the top. Cover skillet and cook until cheese melts, 1 to 2 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 08, 2014

My favorite part about this meal is that it looks the same going in as it does going out.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 03, 2014

I followed this recipe exactly. When I finished, I ended up keeping it on low and making a double amount of quinoa afterwards as I couldn't tell there was any in it. It tasted like just a seasoned plate of ground beef. Next time I would do 1.5 cups of quinoa, add some sautéed onions, more seasonings and possibly an additional vegetable or more of the ones already in it. The recipe as is could be served with tortillas as tacos.


11 Ratings

Jan 23, 2014

This recipe is fantastic! Easy to make and delicious. It's a nice spin on regular salsa chili (using ground chicken and adding the quinoa). I added a bit more salsa because I wanted to finish up the jar. Finely chopped the zucchini so I could "sneak" it in. Thanks for sharing this yummy (can be one pot) meal.

Feb 28, 2014

Didn't have zucchini or corn, substituted mixed vegetables. I also doubled the chicken and added cream of chicken soup. My 3 kids who can be very picky LOVED it!!

Jul 13, 2014

I enjoyed this quick and easy recipe. Instead of a can of diced tomatoes, I diced a whole tomato and 1/2 an Anaheim pepper. I also added an onion and doubled the quinoa.

Jun 12, 2014

I tried this recipe with all the ingredients except the corn. I did add sea salt as well and it turned out very well! My husband who is ultra picky actually said it was good and he never says that! Two thumbs up!

Jun 05, 2014

This was delicious! The leftovers are even better and even good cold!

Apr 07, 2014

Didn't know what to expect, but everyone loved this one! I didn't have salsa, but I did include a little extra tomato and chicken broth. :)


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  • Calories
  • 566 kcal
  • 28%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 62.1 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol
  • 95 mg
  • 32%
  • Fat
  • 17 g
  • 26%
  • Fiber
  • 13.5 g
  • 54%
  • Protein
  • 45.9 g
  • 92%
  • Sodium
  • 2017 mg
  • 81%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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