Skillet Mushroom Chicken and Quinoa

The calendar tells me that we are still in the early-ish days of January, which means that my duty is to inundate you with dark green vegetable juices and pale salads and other manners of light, resolution-friendly fare. My thermometer tells me it was below 10 degrees for much of the day on Milwaukee on Saturday, and we need comfort food. Today’s Mushroom Chicken and Quinoa recipe is the best of both!

Skillet Mushroom Chicken and Quinoa - This easy weeknight meal is light, healthy and will be a HUGE hit with your family! Ready in 30 minutes.

I spent much of the weekend walking around our house wrapped in a fleecy blanket like a giant human burrito, sipping two ingredient homemade hot chocolate, and scheming assorted ways to beat Old Man Winter. This simple mushroom chicken recipe is one of them.

A warm combination of lean, protein-rich chicken and quinoa, meaty mushrooms, earthy thyme, and nutty Parmesan, this satisfying dish is healthy and cozy at the same time. It’s also fast and furious—from start to finish, you can have this mushroom chicken on your table in fewer than 30 minutes, making it an ideal recipe for busy weeknights.

Skillet Mushroom Chicken and Quinoa — an easy, healthy recipe your whole family will love! Ready in only 30 minutes and great leftover too. {gluten free}

The ingredients are simple but work well together. I sautéed mushrooms—a lot of mushrooms—in a hefty amount of garlic. Because this recipe is so few ingredients, the type of mushrooms you choose are important. I used and recommend baby bellas (creminis) which are widely available and affordable, though portabello or oyster mushrooms would be excellent too. The only mushroom I suggest you avoid is regular white button mushrooms, as they don’t offer enough flavor to carry the dish.

Easy Skillet Mushroom Chicken and Quinoa Recipe. Healthy and ready in 30 minutes!

If you aren’t a mushroom fan, the principle of this recipe is so simple you can swap in any other veggie you love or have on hand. Kale, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes are all future twists I have in mind for the next time I need to whip together a quick, healthy dinner…so tonight.

Skillet Mushroom Chicken and Quinoa - This easy weeknight meal is light, healthy and will be a HUGE hit with your family! Ready in 30 minutes.

Whatever the temperature in your part of the world, I hope this healthy, comforting mushroom, chicken, and quinoa recipe keeps you cozy, whether you enjoy it in Bermuda shorts or a burrito blanket.

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Skillet Mushroom Chicken and Quinoa

This mushroom chicken and quinoa recipe is flavorful, satisfying, and healthy too! Ready in only 30 minutes, it’s the perfect recipe for a busy weeknight.

Yield: 4–6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 24 ounces cremini (baby bella) mushrooms
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan, Gruyere, or similarly melty, nutty cheese, plus additional for serving

Directions:

  1. Bring 2 cups chicken stock to a gentle boil. Add the quinoa, return to boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and let cook until most of the liquid is absorbed, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand until the remaining liquid is absorbed, about 10 additional minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside. (Note: This step may vary slightly depending upon your particular brand of quinoa. Be sure to check the directions.)
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium high. Sauté chicken with 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink, about 4 to 6 minutes.
  3. Remove the chicken to a plate lined with paper towels, then with a paper towel gently wipe the skillet clean. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium high. Add the mushrooms, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and black pepper. Cook, until the mushrooms begin to brown, about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook until the mushrooms are tender and have given up their liquid, 4 additional minutes. If there is a lot of remaining liquid in the pan, increase the heat and cook just until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 1 minute. Stir in the thyme, quinoa, chicken, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Serve warm, sprinkled with additional Parmesan.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 (of 5)

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 341 Calories
  • Total Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 67mg
  • Sodium: 467mg
  • Carbohydrates: 37g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Protein: 26g

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

13 comments

  1. I can’t remember the last time I wore actual clothes instead of all fleece everything. Oh, and slippers! It’s been bitter cold here. Love this healthy dish and all of those ‘shrooms!

  2. This is my kind of side!

  3. So yum! I love all the mushroomy savory goodness :)

  4. Made this tonight and it was delicious! And I love that it comes together so quickly – thank you!

  5. This was so delicious and easy to make! I Googled mushrooms and quinoa, and found the recipe right away :) It’s an easy, light recipe perfect for quick summer dinners. 

  6. I dont actually have parmasan cheese at the moment, what can I substitute it for?

  7. This was soooo tasty. I used fontina which was fabulous. Any thoughts on swapping skirt steak for the chicken? It’s what I have handy tonight 😋

    Rating: 5
    • Fontina does sound delicious! I have never tried skirt steak in combination with quinoa, but you can certainly experiment! I’d just be sure to watch the steak closely while cooking because it can dry out quickly.

  8. Based off your macro breakdown, what is the serving size?

    • Hi Skye, I’m afraid I don’t have a specific measurement per serving size, but once everything is cooked, you should be able to get a good idea of how much one-fourth of the total will be. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

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