Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Casserole - The Surznick Common Room

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Casserole

One of my favorite places to find new recipes is from the blogs I love to read. We recently found this recipe for Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Casserole on Oh So Lovely Vintage and knew we had to try it. It was super delicious and I know we'll definitely be making it again.

We didn't follow their recipe exactly, but here's what we used!
- 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup hot sauce
- 1 lb. chicken, cooked and shredded
- 5 pieces of bacon, chopped (we used turkey bacon)
- chopped green onions
- salt and pepper to taste

Here's what you do!
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13" casserole dish.
- Cook and shred your chicken. We used boneless, skinless chicken breasts that we boiled for about 20-25 minutes. While you shred your chicken, cook the quinoa according to package directions.

- Mix together the shredded chicken, hot sauce, and salt and pepper.
- Once your quinoa is cooked, let cool for about 5-10 minutes and then stir in Greek yogurt. (The Oh So Lovely recipe didn't mix the quinoa and yogurt together, however I thought this would be simpler than trying to layer yogurt on top of quinoa.)

- In the casserole dish, layer the quinoa/Greek yogurt mix and the chicken. (Honestly, we could only do one layer of each. The Oh So Lovely recipe does two, but I don't know how because we definitely didn't have enough for two layers.)

- Sprinkle with blue cheese and cheddar cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted. While the casserole is baking, cook bacon and chop bacon and green onions.

- Remove casserole from oven, top with bacon pieces and green onions and broil for 3-5 minutes.
- Serve as is or with an extra dollop of Greek yogurt!

This was super yummy. Nick and I are kind of new to the whole quinoa thing, so I love finding new recipes that make me enjoy quinoa (the first time we made it our entire house smelled like dirt and we were miserable). I also love that this recipe uses Greek yogurt and turkey bacon! Delicious without being too entirely terrible for you.

Well we're off to see the Pittsburgh Symphony (how classy of us!) Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Sarah & Nick


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