Spinach Artichoke Chicken & Quinoa - The Surznick Common Room

Monday, May 19, 2014

Spinach Artichoke Chicken & Quinoa

When I saw this recipe on Pinterest, I knew we had to try it ASAP. Any way to fancy up some quinoa is A-OK with us, especially if the end result will taste like spinach artichoke dip. Let me tell you... we were not disappointed!

Spinach Artichoke Chicken & Quinoa (Adapted from A Family Feast)
Here's what you need!
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1 1/2 tbsp. butter
- 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 4 cloves chopped garlic
- 1/2-3/4 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken
- 8 oz. fresh spinach
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 4 oz. cream cheese (1/2 block)
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 7 oz. artichoke hearts (1/2 can)

Note: We cut our recipe in half from the original because the first time we made this, we had SO much. Even cut in half is plenty for two people and several days of leftovers. JSYK.

Here's what you do!
- Chop your onion, garlic, artichokes, and chicken into small pieces. Preheat broiler for final step.
- In a small pot, bring chicken stock to a boil. Add quinoa. Cover and cook for 12-15 minutes until quinoa is fully cooked.
- While quinoa is cooking, melt butter in an oven-proof skillet. Add olive oil, onion, and garlic. Saute over medium heat for three minutes.

- Add chicken to garlic and onions. Cook, stirring occasionally until chicken is white. Add spinach and cook until the spinach is submerged and wilted.

- Next, add salt and pepper, heavy cream, cream cheese, half of the Parmesan, and half of the mozzarella. Heat and stir until all of the cheese has melted. Add your chopped artichokes and stir to combine.
- Turn off the heat to your skillet and mix in the cooked quinoa. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan and mozzarella. Place under your broiler for 1-2 minutes to brown the cheese on top.

This dish was so creamy and delicious. We're still warming up to the quinoa craze happening right now, but this meal could be a game changer. This will definitely be something we make for dinner guests in the future!

Hope you guys have a great week!

Sarah & Nick

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