One Pot Chicken and Broccoli Quinoa

4.6 from 11 reviews

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

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 48 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: One Pot
  • Cuisine: American Ukrainian



  • 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


  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.

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.

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