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One-Skillet Creamy Chicken Quinoa with Peas

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 Level up your weeknight dinner game with the One-Skillet Creamy Chicken Quinoa with Peas recipe. Yes, we know that peas are a love it or hate it situation so you can leave them out if you fall into the later camp.

Chicken Quinoa and peas in a cooking pan.

I love that this recipe only takes one skillet making clean up a breeze.

To make this recipe vegetarian simply replace the protein with tofu and the chicken broth with vegetable broth.

Best of all, it’s done in 30 minutes and that includes the prep time.

Chicken Quinoa and peas recipe with a piece of chicken on a fork.

One-Skillet Creamy Chicken Quinoa with Peas Recipe

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4

Recipe Ingredients

4 thick-cut slices bacon, diced small
1 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced
½ t. onion powder
½ t. garlic powder
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 c. white quinoa, rinsed and drained
2 c. chicken broth, preferably organic
1½ c. frozen peas
¼ c. half & half
4 oz. cream cheese, cut into chunks
½ c. Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
½ c. fresh parsley, chopped

Chicken Quinoa and peas recipe with close up image of a piece of chicken.

Recipe Directions

  1. Add bacon to a large, high-sided skillet set over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for approximately 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and carefully drain excess bacon grease from skillet.
  2. Return skillet to medium heat and add sliced chicken, onion powder, and garlic powder. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken starts to develop some color, approximately 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the quinoa and chicken broth and stir to combine. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil, and then immediately reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until the chicken and quinoa are cooked through, approximately 10-12 minutes.
  4. Uncover and stir in frozen peas, half & half, cream cheese, and half of the freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine and remove from heat. Cover and let sit for another minute or two or until the cheese is completely melted.
  5. Remove cover and stir in fresh parsley. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired, and serve immediately with remaining Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

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