Clean Eating Mushroom Quinoa Recipe

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This clean eating mushroom quinoa gives you a wonderful dose of protein in one simple dish, both in the quinoa and with plenty of chicken!

Quinoa is one of those foods that has endless possibilities. You can prepare it sweet or savory and with just about any ingredient (almost any) and you can rest assured you will probably enjoy your meal.

Mini Chef has been sick for the past week or so with an inner ear and sinus issue. So I’ve been focusing on meals that are pretty quick and easy to put together. I mean there’s only so much a single mom can do in one day!

An earthen bowl sits on a wooden surface, filled with Clean Eating Mushroom Quinoa. Fresh parsley has been sprinkled over the quinoa and a sprig of it also sits to the side of the bowl.

I had some leftover chicken breasts in the fridge that needed to be used up. And that’s what made this Clean Eating Mushroom Quinoa so nice and easy. So if you cook chicken ahead of time like I do, this is a great way to use it up. And if you prefer to add more spice, it’s easy to stir in at the end while everything is still warm. The flavors are pretty simple, but I was fine with that and it seemed Mini Chef was too. Of course, with a stuffy nose, he couldn’t taste much anyway. But he ate it without complaint which made me happy. He can be pretty picky when he’s sick!

You can absolutely make this without the chicken, but it does add great flavor and protein. Give it a try!

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CLEAN EATING MUSHROOM QUINOA RECIPE:

Clean Eating Chicken And Mushroom Quinoa

If you love quinoa, this is a great, protein-packed lunch or dinner that will really fill you up!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 11 servings
Calories: 252kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Ingredients

  • 2 cups quinoa (dry/uncooked)
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 14 oz. package sliced crimini mushrooms
  • 1 cup red onion (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp. oil (I used coconut oil)
  • 1 1/2 lb. baked chicken breasts (3 breasts cut into chunks)
  • 1 cup flat leaf parsley (chopped, fresh)
  • salt and pepper to taste after cooking

Instructions

  • Bake your chicken breasts at 350 F. for about 40 minutes or until they reach at least 165 F. on a meat thermometer. (I sprinkled mine with garlic powder, salt and pepper for added flavor)
  • While that bakes, cook the quinoa with the garlic powder in the chicken broth to package directions.
  • While that is cooking, sauté the mushrooms and onion in the oil over low to medium heat. Keep the heat low so that the liquid from the mushrooms will seep out and help cook them. This way you won't have to add more oil.
  • When the chicken is done, cut it into chunks and stir into the finished quinoa along with the parsley.
  • Cool a bit and serve.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 366mg | Potassium: 629mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 14.3mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2.8mg
From the Gracious Pantry archives. Originally posted 2/26/14.

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12 Comments

  1. I make chicken ahead of time too but I shred mine because it seems to stretch a little more. Awesome recipe, thanks for sharing! 😀

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      GiselleR – My pleasure!

  2. I always have cooked chicken in the freezer and look for new ways to use it. Thanks! But I buy quinoa in bulk so don’t have “package directions”. Is it generally 20 minutes?

  3. Ooo! Another site with healthy recipes! Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Mary – My pleasure! Welcome! 🙂

  4. Made this tonight . . . loved it !!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Christin – Wonderful! Thanks for the feedback, I’m so happy you enjoyed it. 🙂

  5. I made this for dinner, except for the mushrooms because I was out of them. I also shredded the chicken, It came out really well! Will definitely do it again, with the mushrooms!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Monica – Fantastic! Enjoy! 😀

  6. Could you throw it all in the crock pot??

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Holly – I’m not sure the quinoa would hold up.

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