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One Pot Quinoa, Chicken and Broccoli

Olena Osipov
4.8 from 23 votes

One Pot Quinoa, Chicken and Broccoli

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

chicken breast in plastic bag

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

cooked cubed chicken breast in dutch oven

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

brown bits at bottom of dutch oven after cooking chicken with spices

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.

chopped onions and grated carrots

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

adding chicken, quinoa, seasoning and bay leaves to pot

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

chopped broccoli

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 in a bowl

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


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One Pot Chicken and Broccoli 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.
4.83 from 23 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American Ukrainian
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 405kcal
Author: Olena Osipov



  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.


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


      Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 696mg | Potassium: 1130mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2215IU | Vitamin C: 73mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 3mg
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      Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

      My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

      What You Will Find Here

      Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

      A Little More About Me

      Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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      1. 5 stars
        Super easy and delicious. Thank you for sharing. My husband who usually says quinoa “tastes like dirt” said this was good. Only made 2 changes: I didn’t have any onions on hand and I added finely chopped spinach.

      2. 5 stars
        Sooo delicious. I used frozen peas and broccoli at the end and was so delicious! Amazing flavor and the chicken was fabulous. Not dry at all. Remember to let chicken get to room temp before cooking for juiciness.

      3. 5 stars
        Thanks for a great recipe. I had tried quinoa only once or twice before and found it fairly unappealing. This recipe turned that around! The flavor is great. The only things I tweaked were using chicken broth instead of water and toasting the quinoa for a few minutes before I added it. Definitely agree this recipe is a keeper!

      4. 5 stars
        Super good recipe even a kitchen klutz can succeed with! I serve with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt and diced fresh tomatoes. The spices are perfect – subtle and rich.

      5. 5 stars
        ~ Love this recipe! Easy & delicious! I found it an hour before dinner time; so I had to improvise a bit. I used peas instead of broccoli (which I didn’t have on hand.) So to gain some crunch, I added cashews.
        This is definitely a keeper. Thanks.

          1. 5 stars
            Hi Olena

            Did this lovely recipe again last night. I used boneless skinless chicken thighs this time and I think it was even tastier. Finished it off with a bit of crumbled low fat Feta. Fast becoming a family favourite! 🙂


              1. 5 stars
                Hi Olena, just made this again and finally got some cup measures, so don’t have to Google to convert into gms and mls anymore!! ??? I used olive oil spray light this time to make it ‘syn free’. Is it okay if I share your recipe with my slimming group? BR Lucy

      6. 5 stars
        Haven’t tried this yet but going home straight after work to give it a shot! I am a bodybuilder and have to get quite a bit of protein from each meal to reach my totals, how could I add more chicken into this recipe without throwing off the amounts of everything else? Thank you!

      7. 5 stars
        Everyone ate all of their dinner when I made this last night. The only things I changed up: tri-colored quinoa and I used chicken broth in place of water. I have been looking for recipes with more veggies and ones my picky teenage son will eat. Glad to have something else to make now. Going to be trying out some more recipes on your site.

      8. I will be trying this recipe tomorrow – cooking and nutrition are my passion too!!

        Love your blog – you come across as having a wonderful energy

      9. 5 stars
        I made this for dinner tonight. It came together so easily after a long day at work. I never used cumin much before but with that and the bay leaves my taste buds were dancing! It tasted like chicken soup, so warm and comforting. The only thing I added was a pinch of chopped walnuts for a soft crunch. Thank You for sharing this wonderful recipe!!

      10. My first time to time to your site and excited to try this recipe. Have you made this with any other kind of vegetable? Stupid question I’m sure but I am a novice so not sure if all vegetables mix with cumin.

      11. 5 stars
        This is another winner! It’s so yummmy! I didn’t add as much cumin as the recipe called for and instead of season salt, I used 21 Season Salute from Trader Joe’s (it’s all herbs no salt). I also topped it off with feta cheese! Next time I’m think I may add ginger, fresh or dried.

      12. 4 stars
        The whole family loved it. I added 1/2 tsp turmeric. They all went for seconds. Thank you for sharing, I have added it to list of recipes.

      13. 5 stars
        Tastes GREAT!! I am excited that I finally have a quinoa recipe that I like. I will be trying more recipes from this site. Great flavors and easy. Will be recommending to others.

      14. 5 stars
        This is the second recipe of yours I’ve done as an absolute beginner – and it’s my second success. 🙂 It came out really well! I added some za’atar after it was cooked, just because it goes so well with everything. It was so good I ate 3 cups after it cooled.

        I love how easy your recipes are to follow. It really gives me confidence as someone who is new to cooking, so thank you. I think it’s really great you recommend a dutch oven by the way, I love using mine and it takes a little time to find dutch oven recipes that are straightforward and for full meals (versus just cooking a whole chicken, etc).

        Lastly – I appreciate how incredibly accurate your nutrition facts are. I added up every single calorie for the two dishes I’ve done and came out to nearly the same exact numbers, so I was impressed.

        I’m learning a lot from your site. Your recipes are awesome, newbie safe, and I look forward to the next one. 🙂

        1. Hello! So happy you have ventured out on this amazing journey of healthy eating. It’s not that hard at all. Zaatar is truly very good. You are so welcome and I appreciate your kind words.:)

      15. 4 stars
        Pretty good! I used tricolored quinoa and it was a little flavorless, but adding more spices helped a bit. Definitely saving this recipe! I’m a college student and I like to have leftovers for a little while for busy days. One thing is though, I think the estimated time is blatantly false? Like if you read the cooking instructions it says cook time alone takes about 40 minutes, not counting the extra time to braise the chicken. It also seems to assume I have prechopped veggies and chicken on hand. It took me more like an hour.

        1. Hi Stephanie. I had an assistant doing cooking time and nutritional info etc. I just fixed it. Sorry about that. It’s about 50 minutes total. I’m a fast chopper with a sharp knife.:) Glad you like the recipe!:)

      16. 4 stars
        My husband really liked this recipe. I found I was out of quinoa (doh!), so I substituted with a mixture of couscous, red lentils, amaranth, and a seeds/grains mix from Trader Joe’s – a modge-podge 1.5 cups instead of quinoa. I let the mixture simmer for 10 of the 20 mins after adding the water and chicken back in, then I added the grains those, though, as they all only needed 10 mins to cook. Turned out really well. I should have been a bit more heavy-handed on the seasonings, but it has a great flavor! Thanks for sharing!

      17. 5 stars
        This dish was so delicious. I made it for my husband, 3 boys (11,4,&3)and myself. No complaints. You know kids can be picky. I’m always looking for new recipe ideas. The spices went together perfectly. Thank you for taking the time to post this so I may use it

        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.

      18. 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!

      19. 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!

      20. 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.:)

      21. 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.:)

      22. 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!

      23. 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.:)

      24. 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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