One Pot Quinoa, Chicken and Broccoli

One Pot Quinoa, Chicken and Broccoli is a flavourful healthy quinoa pilaf recipe ready in 30 minutes. Even quinoa cooks in the same pot. | ifoodreal.com

In Ukraine we have this dish, “plov”, made with chicken or lamb, rice and lots of spices. Basically a loaded pilaf. My dad made a wicked one with probably 1/2 cup of good quality olive oil and various parts of chicken. My sister in law makes a legendary one with lamb because her husband is from southwestern part of former USSR that is close to Iran and Pakistan where people love their spices.

So, I made a similar one pot quinoa chicken with broccoli that is ready in under 30 minutes.

How to Make One Pot Quinoa, Chicken and Broccoli

One Pot Quinoa, Chicken and Broccoli is a flavourful healthy quinoa pilaf recipe ready in 30 minutes. Even quinoa cooks in the same pot. | ifoodreal.com

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I get chicken from a local farmer which is healthier in so many ways than factory farmed animals.

One Pot Quinoa, Chicken and Broccoli is a flavourful healthy quinoa pilaf recipe ready in 30 minutes. Even quinoa cooks in the same pot. | ifoodreal.com

Braise chicken with spices until golden brown but it doesn’t have to be cooked through.

One Pot Quinoa, Chicken and Broccoli is a flavourful healthy quinoa pilaf recipe ready in 30 minutes. Even quinoa cooks in the same pot. | ifoodreal.com

Do not throw out these brown bits and do not wash the pot. They contain a lot of flavour. I also would save any water you have to drain to get chicken browned and add along with quinoa.

One Pot Quinoa, Chicken and Broccoli is a flavourful healthy quinoa pilaf recipe ready in 30 minutes. Even quinoa cooks in the same pot. | ifoodreal.com

Almost no Ukrainian savoury dish is made without onions, garlic and carrots. I’m sure you know that by now.:)

One Pot Quinoa, Chicken and Broccoli is a flavourful healthy quinoa pilaf recipe ready in 30 minutes. Even quinoa cooks in the same pot. | ifoodreal.com

Then mix all ingredients in one pot and cook for 20 minutes.

One Pot Quinoa, Chicken and Broccoli is a flavourful healthy quinoa pilaf recipe ready in 30 minutes. Even quinoa cooks in the same pot. | ifoodreal.com

Broccoli goes in one pot quinoa last because we don’t want them to be mushy but rather crunchy.

One Pot Quinoa, Chicken and Broccoli is a flavourful healthy quinoa pilaf recipe ready in 30 minutes. Even quinoa cooks in the same pot. | ifoodreal.com

And then you can sprinkle your one pot chicken quinoa with Parmesan cheese and broil.

Enjoy!

Recipe

One Pot Chicken and Broccoli Quinoa

One Pot Chicken and Broccoli Quinoa

Ingredients

    Chicken:
  • 2 lbs boneless & skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1” pieces
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin*
  • 1/2 tsp cumin, ground
  • 1/2 tsp all spice (optional but good)
  • 1/2 tsp himalayan pink salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • Quinoa:
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 1 tsp olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, uncooked
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 3/4 tsp himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin, ground
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 lb broccoli, chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat large deep skillet or a dutch oven on medium-high heat. Add Chicken ingredients and saute for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain liquid if necessary and cook until golden brown sides appear. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Add olive oil, onions, garlic, carrot and cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add pre-cooked chicken, quinoa, water, remaining salt and cumin, and bay leaves; stir. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 20 minutes.
  3. Now it's time to add broccoli. At this point quinoa should be cooked al dente. Add broccoli, stir, cover and cook for 5 more minutes. Serve hot.
  4. Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
    Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw on a stovetop with a splash of water covered on low.

Notes

*I particularly love the taste of olive oil in this dish but any oil works.

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Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving = 1.5 cups:
Calories: 409.1
Total Fat: 9.1 g
Cholesterol: 73.3 mg
Sodium: 609.7 mg
Total Carbs: 38.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 6.3 g
Protein: 43.3 g
WW Points+: 10

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21 comments on “One Pot Quinoa, Chicken and Broccoli

    1. Hi Jamie. It depends how OK you are with thawed broccoli. Technically you can freeze it, just cooked unthawed broccoli isn’t my fave – personal preference.

  1. This is THE first time I’ve EVER commented on any recipe online. (And I’ve tried a lot of recipes out there) This one is a keeper for sure. It got the approval of my parents also who I happened to be cooking for. The only thing I’d do differently next time is use less or no bay leaves as I found the flavour bit strong for me but that’s just a personal taste thing my parents didn’t think it was strong at all and I still enjoyed it overall. (Having leftovers is great too) I love one pot dishes and will be looking at more recipes on your site for sure. Thanks!

  2. I’ve been looking for a new, quick and easy quinoa “bowl” recipe to make ahead, freeze and take for lunch. Most of the ones I’ve found are Mexican. Love them but after a while it gets old. This one is delish…like a chicken soup quinoa bowl, it’s got all those flavors. I was out of cumin (seriously, who runs out of cumin?!?!?! Evidently I do! In my defense it’s hard to find organic herbs and spices in my area – I grow the herbs and order the spices and I forgot to order the cumin :), so I used fresh rosemary and thyme from my herb garden, which is probably why I got that chicken soup flavor going on.

    1. Hi Cat. Well, you are the same crazy spice lady like me. I run out of cumin LOL. Last time I bought a huge bag at ethnic aisle. I have the same situation with organic spices and herbs in Canada here – so expensive and hard to come by!!! I buy organic what I can. I do my research what herbs and spices are heavily sprayed and which are not. So, some I buy non-organic. I do what I can. Simply Organic and Frintier are super expensive i nCanada, where as in the US they are half the price. Ugh some days, I wish I lived in States!

  3. When your ridiculously picky eater asks for seconds, you know you’ve found a winner! Thank you for a great recipe. We are working on switching our eating habits to be a healthier family and this will definitely be a regular on the dinner table. I am looking forward to trying other recipes you’ve posted.

    1. Awe, Jac. I have seen a fair amount of picky eaters (my kids’ friends) in my life, so I know how hard it is to feed them (I would go nuts if I had them as my kids that is why I do not have picky eaters). Good for you! I will be posting a post about how to make your kids eat clean within next few weeks. Come back.:)

  4. I’ve made many of your dishes before, and this is yet another one I had to try! And, of course, it is delicious! I am enjoying it as I type this. Thank you for your amazing recipes, and I look forward to trying even more!

    1. Hi Catherine. Yes, you can. You cooking time will increase by about 20 minutes. The rice might (!) burn at the bottom a bit but that is OK. Unless you add a ton of oil which I wouldn’t. Let me know how that worked out.:)

  5. I just made this, and love it!!! Thank you for sharing. The only thing I noticed is that the recipe itself doesn’t have bay leaves on the list, but they are in the instructions. So, I just added two!

  6. I made this last week, but threw in some artichokes that had been sitting in the fridge that I didn’t want to waste. My husband and I loved it – took it for left overs to work the next day and it was even better – one of my twins loved it, the other’s response when I asked how he liked it was “meh” so that’s better than his normal reaction. Thanks once again Olena!

      1. Olena I have to tell you this story I think you will appreciate it. My husband is new to eating clean….or just healthy real food in general…. I have been introducing him to things like quinoa, different vegetables, hemp slowly over the years. He used to say everything “taste like sticks” but this would be before he even ate it, he would see me prepare things unfamiliar and because they were healthy assume it would taste bad. I also have to say he cant cook – not because he can’t because he has proven he can follow a recipe in the past, but because it doesn’t come natural to him and he doesn’t enjoy it. Last night I came home and didn’t feel like cooking, he said “whats that healthy clean recipe site you use?” I said Ifoodreal…… he pulled this recipe up (which as stated before I have made) and cooked it…. all….by…..himself. And it was delicious! He never does this… I am so impressed.

        1. So you want to say my recipes are simple enough for even the most hopeless cooks?!:) I always said that too LOL. Maybe this is the beginning of him cooking?:) I should show this comment to my husband because he barely cooks. He can do it but he doesn’t. Glad you enjoyed dinner made not by you. Those usually taste best.:)

  7. would like to know what kind of pot you are using to cook this recipe in…looks like there would be no minerals affecting the food.

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