Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili

 
I’m currently obsessed with quinoa.  Not that it’s new to me, it’s just been a while since I’ve cooked with it.  
 
And can I just say this chili knocked dinner out of the park? Hubby loved it. And even my picky two year old liked it.  This Quinoa Chicken Chili is thick and hearty and packed with protein.  It’s just the meal to warm up to on a chilly fall night and one the entire family will love.  
 
 
And you get to cook it in the crock pot. Fix it and forget. Dump everything in in the morning, watch re-runs of Grey’s Anatomy all day run errands, do laundry, nurse a baby a billion times, pick up Lego’s, sweep toddler crumbs off the floor….you know, mom stuff.  
 

You don’t have to cook the quinoa, just rinse it before you put it in the crock pot and it’ll cook up perfectly!

By the time you’re done with all the mom stuff, or work stuff, or whatever you’re filling your day with, when dinner time rolls around, it’ll be ready without any effort from you.  My kind of dinner.  

 
Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili
Serves 8
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  2. 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  3. 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilies (Rotel)
  4. 2 (16 oz) can black bean
  5. 1 (15 oz) corn, drained
  6. 2 1/2-3 cup chicken stock
  7. 2 large chicken breasts
  8. 1 large bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  9. 1 tsp minced onion
  10. 1 tsp garlic
  11. 1 tsp cumin
  12. 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  13. 1 tsp chili powder (taco seasoning is good too)
Instructions
  1. Season with salt and pepper
  2. Place everything in a 6 qt slow cooker and cook for 5-7 hours on low. Remove chicken, shred it and return to slow cooker. Keep warm until ready to serve. Garnish with cheese or sour cream.
Notes
  1. **to make this vegetarian leave out the chicken.
  2. **leave out the crushed red pepper if you don't like just a teeny bit of kick. like i said, my two year ate it and wasn't too hot for him.
boys ahoy http://boysahoy.com/
 
 

 

0 Comments

  1. Katie Katie October 3, 2012

    Hooray for slow cookers, I’m obsessed this year! Also love the idea of quinoa chili.

    Reply
  2. Jennifurla October 3, 2012

    My kind of dinner too!

    Reply
  3. Taylor October 3, 2012

    I love crock pot meals…and I LOVE quinoa!! Definitely trying this out this winter!

    Reply
  4. Axelle the french cook October 4, 2012

    I never tasted quinoa. I have to !

    Reply
  5. Janis Key October 4, 2012

    Anyway to get fat, carbs, protein and and fiber numbers on your recipes?
    Thanks.

    Reply
  6. Megan @ Cooking Whims October 4, 2012

    omg…I LOVE the sound of this! It sounds absolutely amazing!

    Reply
  7. I’ve never added quinoa to chili before! I can only imagine the texture it brings to each bite. Adding it to my list – I’m makign chili this weekend :)

    Reply
  8. Leah October 6, 2012

    Are the beans drained?

    Reply
  9. Leah October 6, 2012

    Are the beans drained?

    Reply
    • Nope you don’t need to drain the black beans!

      Reply
      • shelly January 4, 2015

        I drained the beans..iis that going to problem?
        Thanks
        Shelly

        Reply
        • Kristy January 4, 2015

          Should be okay, just add liquid if you think it needs it as it’s cooking

          Reply
  10. About Me: October 6, 2012

    Sounds yummy! Adding this to my meal list for this week! Thanks for the recipe.

    Reply
  11. Jessica October 6, 2012

    Do you bake or grill the chicken first?

    Reply
  12. Morgan October 8, 2012

    Do you have an estimated idea of how much the serving size is? Like 1 cup?

    Reply
  13. Morgan October 8, 2012

    This comment has been removed by the author.

    Reply
  14. IndianaAnna October 8, 2012

    I made this for dinner tonight and everyone really liked it! The recipe makes a ton. My crock pot was full to the top. I fed my family of four and was able to freeze 8 single portion containers of it. I wasn’t sure if the beans were supposed to be drained and rinsed, but I did that. Turns out my crock pot would have overflowed if I had dumped the beans and their liquid in.

    Reply
  15. IndianaAnna October 8, 2012

    I made this for dinner tonight and everyone really liked it! The recipe makes a ton. My crock pot was full to the top. I fed my family of four and was able to freeze 8 single portion containers of it. I wasn’t sure if the beans were supposed to be drained and rinsed, but I did that. Turns out my crock pot would have overflowed if I had dumped the beans and their liquid in.

    Reply
  16. Pam H October 9, 2012

    Made this last night and it was a huge hit.. I cut it in half (but kept all the chicken). Only thing I would change is to add more quinoa.. I made some on the side.. oh -and a dollop of greek yogurt was perfect with it, too! Will make again and again

    Reply
  17. Anonymous October 16, 2012

    I made this over the weekend and it’s really good. Next time, I won’t be adding as much chicken stock, though–it was way too liquidy when time was up so I had to run the crockpot for another hour with the lid off to thicken it up. Great recipe, though, and it helped me get rid of the cup of quinoa I had left in the cabinet.

    Reply
  18. Julia October 18, 2012

    Founds this recipes today and I can’t wait to try it out!!

    Reply
  19. Jen October 27, 2012

    I just made this vegetarian style. It is so very tasty!

    Reply
  20. Anonymous October 28, 2012

    I made a modified version of this recipe. I didn’t have corn and only used 1 can of beans. I also used less than 2 cups of chicken stock because there wasn’t as much in the pot. My only recommendation would be to add more chili seasoning. I really didn’t taste any of it, and mostly just got a tomato flavor. Otherwise this is a great version of chili! Very hearty, but healthy!

    Reply
  21. thereandbackagain October 29, 2012

    this is just fantastic. i added more of each spice (1/2 TBS instead of 1 t.) and upped the garlic (i think i wound up using about 5 cloves). delicious chili! i’ll make it again!

    Reply
  22. Abbie October 31, 2012

    Me (and my picky boyfriend) both loved this! I doubled the spices and gave even more red pepper to give it a kick. And used .5 lb of beef instead of chicken. So good! It’s going in the rotation!

    Reply
  23. Anonymous January 15, 2013

    i totally loved this <3 came out awesome, thank you!

    Reply
  24. Elizabeth January 18, 2013

    Made this last week, it was so good and couldn’t be easier. It made a lot so I was able to enjoy the leftovers for a couple days. Thanks!

    Reply
  25. Laurel Wilson January 28, 2013

    Is the Quinoa cooked and then rinsed?

    Reply
  26. Laurel Wilson January 28, 2013

    Is the Quinoa cooked and then rinsed?

    Reply
    • Kristy Denney January 29, 2013

      Yes, rinse then cook! Unless it’s already been rinsed pre-packaging (it will say on package!)

      Reply
  27. Anonymous February 3, 2013

    I wish the recipe would have specified that the quinoa needed to be cooked first. I guess we will see if it turns out.

    Reply
    • Kristy Denney February 3, 2013

      Sorry i think my comment above was confusing, just rinse it then place it in the slow cooker and let it cook with everything

      Reply
  28. Anonymous February 6, 2013

    This was amazing! I’ll definitely be making it again and again!

    Reply
  29. Anonymous February 14, 2013

    can you use dried beans?

    Reply
  30. Dottie February 16, 2013

    I am making this tomorrow and will be using dried beans that I soaked overnight but have not cooked yet. Will let everyone know how it turns out. Can’t wait.

    Reply
  31. Dottie February 16, 2013

    I made the chili with dried beans today and it turned out great though it took a good 9-10 hours to get the beans tender on medium heat in the crock pot. To compensate for the beans needing more liquid, I used a full 32 oz. carton of stock and the thickness of the chili was perfect when done. I soaked the beans overnight in water then added one cup of kidney beans and one cup of black beans to the chili. Hope this helps others.

    Reply
  32. Anonymous February 18, 2013

    I made this four times and love it. I make it on a Sunday and have it for lunch all week. its healthy and taste fabulous! I add four teaspoons of the crushed pepper, i like it spicy.. Yummo !

    Reply
  33. Anonymous March 4, 2013

    Can I use frozen ground turkey instead?

    Reply
  34. Leah March 17, 2013

    Any suggestions for side dishes to serve with this? I want to make it for some company I have coming this weekend.

    Reply
  35. Megan March 26, 2013

    oh no I didn’t cook the quinoa first.. hope it works out anyways.. :( maybe i’ll through it into a big pot and simmer?!

    Reply
    • Megan March 26, 2013

      *throw

      Reply
  36. […] some mine and some from around the web!    Enjoy, and Happy Halloween!   Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili from ST&M   Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup from ST&M (close enough to […]

    Reply
  37. Lisa May 22, 2013

    This recipe sounds great, I’m excited to try it! I often mix my chili with quinoa, but I had always cooked the quinoa on the side. Can you put quinoa into any slow cooker recipe? Would you just add in extra liquid to cook the quinoa?

    Reply
  38. Paige June 27, 2013

    I have made this recipe several times and, I have to say, it is probably one of my favorite recipes ever! It is mid summer and that does not stop me from making it. Easy to throw together, healthy, and no heating up the kitchen. Most of all it tastes great! Thanks for posting this.

    Reply
    • Kristy June 27, 2013

      Thanks Paige!! I love chili in the summer sometimes too:)

      Reply
  39. […] quinoa kick.  Mostly, I’m lovin’ it in salads.  I really like it in chilis (but it’s way too hot for that right now), and I can’t wait to make […]

    Reply
  40. Courtney July 18, 2013

    Do you know approximately how many calories one serving of this dish is?

    Reply
    • Kristy July 18, 2013

      Sorry, I’m not sure. I don’t usually count calories or calculate for my recipes.

      Reply
  41. Andrea August 13, 2013

    Loved this recipe, thanks for sharing! The only modifications I made were to add a medium onion, diced, and I upped the spices to a tablespoon or so of each. First time I’ve ever cooked using quinoa…it was easy and yummy!

    Reply
  42. Kp September 5, 2013

    what order do you add the ingredients into the slow cooker?

    Reply
    • Kristy September 5, 2013

      Just in the order listed!!

      Reply
  43. Emma September 5, 2013

    I just made this recipe pretty close to what the recipe called for. I added carrots, I used an extra can of black beans in place of one of the chicken breasts, i didn’t use crushed tomatoes (i only used diced), I used more onion because I love onion. I also used 2 cups chicken stock and 2/3 cup water. I also added more of each spice as well as extra spices like parsley and basil. I like flavor but not spicy. I used my MyFitnessPal app to calculate the calories per serving if it splits down to eight servings and it’s around 280-300 cal per serving I would say. And it was so YUM!

    Emma

    Reply
    • Kristy September 5, 2013

      So glad you liked it!!

      Reply
  44. Vicky Kelley September 26, 2013

    I have been making this recipe since June, and I love it! The bell pepper was not listed when I found the recipe, so I’ve been making it without. It is so easy. I have shared it with my co-workers who are also loving it. It freezes well, so we tend to bring it for lunches (even in Florida in the summer). One thing I noticed the last time I made it. Since I put the quinoa in first, some of the other ingredients blocked the chicken broth from getting to it very well. My quinoa was almost burned to the bottom of the crock pot. Next time, I will put the broth in second with other ingredients after. Delicious.

    Reply
    • Kristy September 26, 2013

      Thanks Vicki!

      Reply
  45. Sarah October 15, 2013

    Made this tonight for the family and they LOVED it! Even my very picky 2 year old asked for another bowl. I tricked him at first and told him it was salsa … guess it worked! Thanks for the yummy recipe!

    Reply
  46. Kari January 16, 2014

    I have this in the crockpot right now. If anyone needs the nutritional value, I did calculate it out. Just let me know and I would be happy to forward it to you.

    Reply
    • laura January 23, 2014

      I was wondering if you could send me the nutritional values. Thank you

      Reply
      • Kari January 23, 2014

        Hi Laura:

        Here is the info for nutrition:
        Serving size: 1 1/2 C
        Calories: 317
        Fat: 5.9g
        Cholesterol 37.5
        Carbs: 44.5
        Protien: 22.7

        If there is something else you need let me know. As a person with T1D, I am always looking for the carb counts, but if you need something else…I will see if I can get it for you.
        Kari

        Reply
  47. WendyM March 18, 2014

    Hi- Know it’s an old recipe, but I still wanted to comment, since I’ve made this twice in the last 30 days! I added a diced zucchini, a can of diced chilies, and some chipotle paste, and used Mexi-corn instead of plain canned corn when I made it. My husband and toddler twins all loved it, so much that we made it again. Thanks!

    Reply
  48. Cindy May 12, 2014

    Just made this. Soooo good. Topped it with sour cream, cheese and tortilla chips. Thank you for the wonderful recipe Kristy! :)

    Reply
  49. […] Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili […]

    Reply
  50. […] 26. Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili If you’re a fan of quinoa like we are, you’ve probably tried several quinoa recipes by now, but perhaps haven’t thought to make a chili with it. It’s great for adding texture to the chili, as well as an array of vitamins and minerals, extra protein, and a bunch of fiber. These are all things that will help with your digestion and overall well-being. It’s super easy to make the quinoa since you just have to rinse it and add it with everything else. At the same time you’re getting additional protein from chicken breast, and a cast of side ingredients all helping to create the finished product. […]

    Reply
  51. Melissa August 26, 2014

    I’ve made this recipe a dozen times since I discovered it, and I make it in batches and freeze it. I throw it all into the crock pot still frozen and it cooks up wonderfully! I’ve made it for my freezer-meal swap group and it received rave reviews and many requests to share the recipe I add some chilies to kick it up for myself, but it’s a wonderful recipe! Thanks so much for sharing.

    Reply
  52. Ali September 17, 2014

    This was pretty good. I doubled the spices and also added some cayenne and I used a variety of chili powders (ancho, chipotle, regular). Cooked it about 9 hours because of the ole work day, and the chicken was still pretty tender, I just shredded it while it was still in the pot because convenience. This would also be a really good side dish without the chicken. Will make again, thanks

    Reply
  53. […] Quinoa Chicken Chili – The perfect meal from Sweet Treats & More to warm you up on fall night. This chili is […]

    Reply
  54. She Rocks Fitness October 26, 2014

    This looks delicious and will pick up just the few ingredients I need it and make it for the week ahead…Thanks for sharing! XOXO

    Reply
  55. Marcel December 27, 2014

    Thanks for this. The best and most healthy chilli I have ever consumed.

    Reply
  56. […] Quinoa Chicken Chili […]

    Reply
  57. […] Quinoa Chicken Chili – This protein packed recipe boasts a mix of healthy ingredients that would please anyone. […]

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>