Made this for dinner a few weeks ago and it was a hit. Thought I’d share it with y’all.
1 cup quinoa
1 head broccoli, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil, divided
1/3 cup Panko
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper, to taste
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil 9×13 baking dish.
In a large saucepan of 2 cups water, cook quinoa according to package instructions. Within the last 5 minutes of cooking time, add broccoli and steam until cooked through.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add Panko and cook, stirring, until browned (about 3 minutes)
Heat remaining tablespoon olive oil in the skillet. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Add to skillet and cook until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side. Chop into bite size pieces.
Melt butter in the skillet over medium heat. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk, and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in quinoa, broccoli, chicken, 1 cup cheese and season with salt and pepper.
Spread broccoli mixture into the prepared baking dish; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Place in oven and bake until cheese has melted, about 5 minutes.