Woah, guys. This recipe is some serious awesomeness, if I do say so myself.
It’s so good that it doesn’t really need an introduction. It’s jam packed full of protein from chicken and quinoa, and has a ton of flavor from the pound of cheese… sorry for those of you who have lactose intolerance… this won’t be a good one for you.
Not my healthiest recipe – but easily one of my favorites. I like to think of it as a healthier version of soul food (which probably would have used 2 pounds of cheese instead of just one!)
Buffalo Chicken (Quinoa) Mac n’ Cheese
We baked this in a 9×13 baking dish and only had about a third of it for dinner (Alex was extra hungry). Plenty for leftovers!
2 C Dry, Uncooked Quinoa
4 C Water
1 lb Bag Shredded Cheese
8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
8 oz Hot Sauce (we use Frank’s)
2 Large Chicken Breasts, cooked and shredded
Pre-heat your oven to 350. In a large pot, add your quinoa and water, stir, and bring to a boil. Then, cover and simmer until all of the liquid has steamed off – about 10-15 minutes.
In a large bowl, mix up your quinoa, cream cheese, about 2.5 cups of shredded cheese and 1/2 C of your hot sauce. Place this mixture evenly into the bottom of your baking dish.
Next, layer your shredded chicken over the top.
Drizzle the rest of your hot sauce over the chicken layer.
Top with the rest of your cheese (about 1.5 cups). Place in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and just starting to brown.
Easy Peasy and delish. I recommend serving this with a WHOPPING serving of green veggies to balance out all of the cheese you’re eating.
You may ask – why so much cheese? Well – quinoa has an interesting and almost bitter flavor that I don’t love on its own, but it’s much healthier for you than pasta or white flour, and it’s a complete protein. So, I add cheese for flavor.
I did try making a healthier version of quinoa mac n’ cheese once, but it just didn’t really taste right. The fix? More cheese. Plus, over 8 servings, this recipe yields about 1/2 C cheese per person. It’s more than the recommended serving, but really who eats the 1/4 C serving size anyway?
Whatever. It’s good, trust me.
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