Slow Cooker Chicken and Quinoa (2023)

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Get a simple and nutritious dinner prepped with this Slow Cooker Chicken and Quinoa recipe. Throw all the ingredients in the crockpot and then enjoy your tasty meal at the end of the day. This recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free.

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For easy meals that don’t take a lot of effort, I highly recommend using a slow cooker. “Dump-and-go” meals are the perfect solution to a busy schedule.

In today’s recipe, chicken, quinoa, veggies, and broth go into the crockpot and finish right in time for dinner! Chicken thighs stay tender and moist while the quinoa soaks up the flavorful broth. It feels like comfort food, but this slow cooker quinoa and chicken recipe is packed with nutrients and protein.

Quinoa is hailed as a superfood, and for good reason. Although it eats like a grain, it’s actually a very nutritious seed. One cup of quinoa contains 8 grams of protein plus important vitamins like manganese, magnesium, and folate. It’s also naturally gluten-free and dairy-free.

You will love this healthy crockpot chicken and quinoa dinner. It’s a great recipe to add to your weekly meal plan.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • Quinoa adds plenty of protein, carbs, and fiber to help you feel full.
  • Chicken thighs stay moist in the crockpot.
  • Only 20 minutes of prep time and you’re ready to go!
  • Gluten-free, dairy-free, and absolutely delicious!

Key Ingredients

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Olive oil – Olive oil adds flavor and heart-healthy fats to this dish. You can also use avocado oil or ghee in its place.

Quinoa – You can use any color quinoa you prefer. If you’re new to quinoa, white quinoa has a mild taste and fluffy texture. It’s a good choice if you aren’t sure how the different colors taste.

Veggies – Onions, carrots, and celery give this dish even more nutrients and plenty of flavor.

Garlic – You can buy a head of garlic and mince the cloves or you can buy pre-minced garlic. You can find a jar of pre-minced garlic in a small jar near the fresh ones.

Chicken broth – Chicken broth is a star ingredient for slow cooker recipes because it imparts so much flavor. I like to buy several boxes whenever it goes on sale. It can be high in sodium so be sure to buy reduced-sodium broth. Vegetable broth works too.

Seasoning – Never forget to season your food! Sea salt, black pepper, and Italian seasoning do the trick for this chicken dish.

Chicken thighs – Chicken thighs are dark meat that contain more fat than chicken breasts. This just means they stay moist no matter how you cook them.

Recipe Steps

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Step One

In the base of your slow cooker, add the olive oil, quinoa, onion, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, broth, sea salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Stir to combine.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

Place the chicken thighs on top of the vegetable and quinoa mixture, but don’t stir.

Step Three

Place the lid on the slow cooker and set the temperature to low for 8 hours.

Step Four

When the cooking time is up, remove the lid and use tongs to transfer the cooked chicken to your serving plates.

Step Five

Then, stir the vegetables and quinoa and serve them with the chicken.

Step Six

Top with parsley and enjoy!

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Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • This meal is best cooked on low to give the quinoa enough time to cook through.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat before serving.
  • If you want to make this recipe vegetarian, leave off the chicken and use vegetable broth in place of chicken broth. Serve alongside any main dish.
  • Top with parmesan cheese if you aren’t on a dairy-free diet and want even more flavor.
  • You can also serve this dish with the chicken stirred into the quinoa and veggies (as opposed to separating the chicken from the quinoa and veggies). You may need to shred the chicken using two forks to help it break up as you stir it.

Recipe FAQs

How do I reheat slow cooker chicken and quinoa?

You can reheat this recipe in the microwave until warmed through. Alternatively, you can reheat it in the oven in a baking dish at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until warmed throughout.

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Other Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes You Might Like

  • Slow Cooker Chicken Stew with Lentils and Spinach
  • Slow Cooker Green Chile Chicken
  • Keto Crockpot Chicken Thighs with Cabbage
  • Crockpot Mexican Chicken and Rice
  • Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chicken Curry

Or, you can see my entire index of gluten-free Crockpot recipes.

What to Serve with Crockpot Chicken and Quinoa

Baby Romaine Salad Recipe
Carrot Cucumber Salad
Food Processor Chopped Salad
Romaine Salad with Simple Vinaigrette

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Quinoa Dinner

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Get a simple and nutritious dinner prepped with this Slow Cooker Chicken and Quinoa recipe. Throw all the ingredients in the crockpot and then enjoy your tasty meal at the end of the day. This recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free.

  • Total Time: 8 hours, 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

UnitsScale

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1.25 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 4 pieces)
  • Fresh chopped parsley (optional, for topping)

Instructions

  1. In the base of your slow cooker, add the olive oil, quinoa, onion, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, broth, sea salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Stir to combine.
  2. Place the chicken thighs on top of the vegetable and quinoa mixture, but don’t stir.
  3. Place the lid on the slow cooker and set the temperature to low for 8 hours.
  4. When the cooking time is up, remove the lid and use tongs to transfer the cooked chicken to your serving plates.
  5. Then, stir the vegetables and quinoa and serve them with the chicken.
  6. Sprinkle the parsley on top of each dish before serving, if desired.

Notes

  1. This meal is best cooked on low to give the quinoa enough time to cook through.
  2. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat before serving.
  3. You can also serve this dish with the chicken stirred into the quinoa and veggies (as opposed to separating the chicken from the quinoa and veggies). You may need to shred the chicken using two forks to help it break up as you stir it.
  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Crockpot
  • Cuisine: Healthy
  • Diet: Gluten Free

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