Healthy Meal Prep
Mexican Quinoa with Creamy Chicken and Vegetables Recipe

Mexican Quinoa with Creamy Chicken and Vegetables


Creamy chicken and vegetables are served over quinoa in this weeknight dinner with savory Mexican flair.


  • 2 ¼ cups water, divided
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed, divided
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 chicken tenders, cut into chunks
  • ¼ cup frozen corn
  • ¼ cup frozen green peas
  • ¼ cup frozen mixed bell peppers
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 limes, juiced


  1. Bring 2 cups water and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Simmer until quinoa is tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion until lightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in 3 garlic cloves, chili powder, salt, paprika, and red pepper flakes with a wooden spoon. Add chicken; cook and stir for about 5 minutes. Pour in remaining 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  3. Stir corn, peas, peppers, and spinach into the skillet. Cover and cook for 5 minutes more. Mix milk and flour together and pour into the skillet; cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  4. Divide quinoa among 4 serving plates. Scoop chicken and vegetable mixture on top. Whisk lime juice and remaining garlic together in a bowl; drizzle over each serving.

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Nutritional Information

Mexican Quinoa with Creamy Chicken and Vegetables

Servings Per Recipe: 4
Calories: 326.4
% Daily Value *
protein: 39 %
carbohydrates: 12 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 20 %
fat: 17 %
saturated fat: 9 %
cholesterol: 11 %
vitamin a iu: 20 %
niacin equivalents: 78 %
vitamin b6: 37 %
vitamin c: 29 %
folate: 27 %
calcium: 6 %
iron: 17 %
magnesium: 39 %
potassium: 14 %
sodium: 26 %
thiamin: 20 %
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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