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Chicken Kale Quinoa Casserole Recipe with black beans, corn, salsa, cheese and chili spices. | ifodoreal.com

Last night was a hot tub, wine and staring at the stars kind of night. Last night was here-is-your-child-daddy, as soon as Alex walked in the door kind of night. It was time to shut off, for me. I honestly had no idea 2nd kid makes a difference in life. LOL, he did!

Fitness, healthy eating a.k.a cheeseburger quinoa casserole, and those nights like yesterday keep me sane, while I’m fully enjoying the ride on a roller coaster of the sweetest years with my kids. Really?! These are the sweetest?! It’s going to get more roller coaster-y?! Thanks gosh for that wine, hot tub and Alex. I have no idea how some of you, single moms, and moms with 4 kids do it?! RESPECT!

Chicken Kale Quinoa Casserole Recipe with black beans, corn, salsa, cheese and chili spices. | ifodoreal.com

So, today was chili chicken, kale and quinoa casserole kind of day. It’s a new day. This dish is perfect for laid back days like today. No pre-cooking. It was also 8K run day and 11am hot tub day. I’m getting ready for 11 people Thanksgiving cook off this weekend, 5 kids trashing my never-give-up imitation of a show home house and Monday “spring” cleaning.

So, this quinoa casserole is perfect for today. Tastes like chili but with quinoa, kids love it, I will have it with my superfood green smoothie. After seeing how much you guys loved the black bean quinoa casserole (over 6K pins so far), I made one more for you. Note: baked kale doesn’t look pretty.

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada! Sorry I’m more of a ground turkey stew girl, so I recommend you use your mom’s turkey recipe and my root vegetable mash to go with it. Your mom will love them, I promise. Mine did!

Chili Chicken, Kale & Quinoa Casserole

Chili Chicken, Kale & Quinoa Casserole


  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 3 cups cooked chicken, diced or shredded (rotisserie chicken breast is fine)
  • 14 oz can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 12 oz can or 1 + 1/2 cup corn, drained
  • 6 kale leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro + more for garnish, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green onions + more for garnish, chopped
  • 1 cup salsa, low sodium
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 3 cups Tex Mex (blend of mozzarella & cheddar is OK) cheese, divided
  • Jalapeno pepers to taste (optional)
  • Cooking spray (I use Misto)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cook quinoa as per package instructions and add to a large mixing bowl along with kale and mix to combine. You need quinoa to be hot, so it cooks down and reduces in size kale. Saves you extra step of sautéing.
  3. Add remaining ingredients, reserving 1.5 cup cheese for topping, and mix well to combine. Transfer mixture to a baking dish and press on it gently to flatten. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake for 30 minutes uncovered. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with additional cilantro and green onions. Serve warm.
  4. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
    Freezing Instructions: a) Do not bake at all. Just freeze assembled in a baking dish. Bake frozen 15 minutes longer than the original recipe calls for. b) Under bake by 15 minutes and freeze cooled. Reheat in the oven at 375 for 15 mins (whole, assembled). c)Bake, cut, freeze in individual portions and then defrost in a microwave.

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 8

Amount Per Serving = 1.25 – 1.5 cup:
Calories: 371.0
Total Fat: 13.4 g
Cholesterol: 61.2 mg
Sodium: 666.5 mg
Total Carbs: 39.0 g
Dietary Fiber: 6.4 g
Protein: 26.9 g
WW Points+: 10

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  1. Sara

    This sounds incredible and the photos make this dish look so appetizing! I love that it call for a lot of pantry staples and would only require a few things to be picked up from the store. I have some turkey breast tenderloins on hand that I’ve been trying to think of a use for, and this may just be the perfect recipe the for them. It’s always a win if I can find a new recipe to sneak kale into that my husband loves!

    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Turkey would be perfect! Thanks Sara. Hope your husband likes it. My men loved it more than me to be honest.:)

    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Thanks Alexis. I definitely like simple dishes and use of the leftovers. Never dying Ukrainian in me…:)

  2. paula rothman

    going to try this with quorn chickn,and vegan cheese~ yum. maybe add a little dry mustard too

  3. foodie

    Hi Olena,
    I love your pictures, they are simply gorgeous. I would love for you to come and share them with us at foodieportal.com.

  4. Becca from ItsYummi

    Oh my gosh, Olena…your talent for making me drool all over myself deserves some sort of award! 😀
    Also, please come live at my house and teach me how to photograph casseroles. WOW!

    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Oh my, Ashley. Thanks! And I was hesitant to post these photos and recipe…Live and learn!

  5. Minoo

    Excellent recipe as always, Olena! I had to make this one without chicken, though, but still simple and delicious!

    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Oh, thank you, Minoo! I’ll tell Alex not to bring lunch to work tomorrow because you will have lots of leftovers.:)

  6. Bridgette

    This was so good!!! And the leftovers were even better the next day. I cant wait to make it again, which is saying something. I rarely make the same recipe twice. 🙂

  7. Alexandra

    A delicious recipe! I made a double batch tonight; one for dinner, and two smaller ones for the freezer. Thanks for the yummy recipe 🙂

    • Olena

      You are right, I fixed it. It’s an older recipe and nutrition calculator picked up someone else’s wrong entered cheese. Back then I didn’t know I should have checked.

  8. kisma

    I’m making this for dinner tonight. Tasted it before I put it in the oven. I used spinach cause I’m out of kale. I’m not a calorie counter so I add tons of cheese. Also, may try this without meat next time. I’m not a meat person, but my hubby is. Good though. Thanks

  9. Olivia Hill

    Hi what salsa and tomato sauce did you use? I only have tomato paste and diced tomatoes…



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