This protein-loaded chicken and sweet potato casserole dish is made with multicolored quinoa, a blend of white, red and black varieties, but any color will work.

Robin Bashinsky
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2019


Recipe Summary

15 mins
45 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  • Place sweet potatoes and water in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap; pierce a few holes in the top with a fork. Microwave on High for 4 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until browned, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board and let stand 5 minutes. Cut into 1-inch strips.

  • Add poblanos, shallots and garlic to the pan and cook over medium-high, stirring occasionally, until the shallots are lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add broth, quinoa, wine, salt, cumin, cinnamon and cayenne. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the sweet potatoes and chicken.

  • Spoon the mixture into a 7-by-11-inch (or similar-size) broiler-proof baking dish. Cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes.

  • Remove from oven; increase oven temperature to broil. Uncover the casserole and sprinkle with cheese. Broil 8 inches from the heat source until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

349 calories; protein 22.9g; carbohydrates 38.7g; dietary fiber 5.3g; sugars 5.7g; fat 10.5g; saturated fat 2.7g; cholesterol 83.3mg; vitamin a iu 9751IU; vitamin c 13.8mg; folate 73.3mcg; calcium 95.9mg; iron 3mg; magnesium 99.3mg; potassium 659.6mg; sodium 431.8mg.

Reviews (10)

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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
I did not make any changes to the recipe followed it to the T. Didn't take long to prepare. Very nutritious and filling. The flavor was great. My husband and I really enjoyed it...complete meal in one pan. Enough for me to have several lunches through the week. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Really liked. 2nd time around. Added more chicken & used very little cinnamon. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Unless you're chopping like a Top Chef in a mise en place challenge, this recipe takes at least 65 minutes. After reading other reviews about half cooked quinoa, I cooked the quinoa with the spices and chicken broth separately which may have been to detriment. It was ok and just felt like I was eating sweet potatoes, chicken, and quinoa with cheese. This recipes makes A LOT! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
The flavors in this dish are complex and fantastic! This high fiber dish will be in my regular rotation. My kids and husband love it! I made it exactly as the recipe stated and the sweet potatoes were nicely cooked (make sure your cubes are about 1/2 inch) and the quinoa had that little pop in your mouth. I had never really cooked much with poblano peppers and I am not a fan of really spiced foods. This is not spicey just bursting with flavor! Love it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is a very tasty and healthy recipe. I've cooked it twice (once at my house and one at my daughters' house) and both times I had to cook it an additional 30 minutes. Once it's cooked it's delicious just give it more time! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Delicious and nutritious. Had to leave the casserole in oven an extra 10 minutes before broiling to make sure sweet potatoes were done. Might not have if had wrapped foil a little tighter? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I cooked sweet potatoes in the microwave like recipe said and left them covered until added to pan. Did not have a problem with under cooked. I did not have pableno peppers so I used a cut up yellow pepper and added a couple of our canned jalepneos. Was good and filling Read More
Rating: 4 stars
First off I agree with another reviewer that the quinoa isn t cooked enough. I d probably cook it for about ten minutes in the chicken broth (with a little extra broth) before adding it into the onions and peppers. The casserole didn t have a lot of liquid left over at all so I wouldn t be afraid that everything would turn out too soggy with the extra liquid. Prep was also a bit more intensive than I liked partly because I had to debone my own chicken thighs but also just chopping everything takes a while. The dish has really good flavor though and there s plenty for leftovers to take to work. Chicken was nice and moist easy to cut. And I was definitely a bit generous with the cheese at the end. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Sweet potatoes were not close to being finished. Read More