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Barbecue Chicken Quinoa Casserole

Barbecue Chicken Quinoa Casserole

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Good evening all! here is the recipe for the delicious BBQ chicken-corn-casserole we devoured.

here’s the key: the corn-chili salsa from @traderjoes. it was the inspiration for the entire dish and truly took it to the next level! if you don’t live near a TJ’s have no fear. you can sub a can of drained corn and switch the diced tomato to “diced tomato + chili peppers” to add some heat

*this made 2 casseroles! each serves 3-4, so you could make this in a large lasagna dish to serve 6-8
**this would be delicious served with scoops tortilla chips. either as a filling appetizer or for supper
***you can totally leave out the chicken if you aren’t a meat eater, but its pretty delicious

HERE’S WHAT I DID:
1. start by mixing:

  • 12 oz. jar BBQ sauce of choice
  • 1/3 c apple cider vinegar

2. then, combine in a large bowl:

  • 6 cups cooked quinoa (this is 2 cups uncooked)
  • 1-2 cups shredded chicken
  • approx. 1/2-3/4 c diced red onion (depending how much you like it)
  • 1 jar trader joe’s corn salsa
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • (optional) 1 tbs dried chives
  • S&P to taste
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (leave this for the end, for topping!)

3. divide the mixture between your casserole dishes and top with cheese

4. bake at 350, covered for 30 minutes then uncovered for an additional 15-20

**freeze the extra casserole for a rainy day!