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Sweet Potato Quinoa Bake Recipe

Sometimes a warm comforting all-in-one meal is the best dinner solution.  When we are planning our meals, we like to have a casserole or a baked dish like this on our meal plan at least once a week.   This Sweet Potato Quinoa Bake Recipe combines sweet and hearty sweet potatoes, with the wholesome and filling goodness of quinoa.  Add a few other flavors in there and you have a bake that is definitely a crowd pleaser for the entire fam!

Sweet Potato Quinoa Bake. Sweet Potatoes + Quinoa Casserole. Comfort food for a cold night!

We love this recipe because it calls for leeks which are more mild than an onion, but still provide the savory flavor that is delicious in a dish like this.  The only tricky thing about leeks is cleaning them.   This is one easy method to cleaning leeks that we used in our yummy minestrone recipe.   They are different enough from onions, that they may not have a bad rap with your kids and they might be willing to try them!

Sweet Potato Quinoa Bake. Sweet Potatoes + Quinoa Casserole. Comfort food for a cold night!

Combine your ingredients, toss it in a 9×13 and bake!  You will have dinner on the table with time to spare.  I love recipes like this because the hands on time is so short, but you still prepared a meal that is comforting, and delicious.  When I make meals like this one, I sometimes like to switch out the veggies to mix it up.  We used sweet potatoes for this recipe, but I think it would also be good with broccoli or asparagus.   It is a good way to get your kids to try different veggies with one recipe!  Also – we really like the white sharp white cheddar.  It is basically the exact same thing as sharp cheddar, but without the food dyes!  We buy ours at Costco.  It gives this dish added flavor and you don’t need to add as much as a mild cheddar cheese.

Sweet Potato Quinoa Bake. Sweet Potatoes + Quinoa Casserole. Comfort food for a cold night!

This is a meal that is great when you don’t have a lot of hands on time for dinner!  Serve a long side with some yummy fresh fruit and you have a complete dinner for your family!

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Sweet Potato Quinoa Bake Recipe

Ingredients
  • 1 cup – chicken broth, low-sodium
  • 1 cup – milk
  • 1/2 cup – flour, all-purpose
  • 1 tablespoon – seasoned salt
  • 3/4 cup – quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 breast – chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup – leek
  • 2 cup – sweet potato
  • 3/4 – cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup – pesto
Directions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a medium saucepan, whisk together chicken broth and flour until smooth.  Cook over high heat for 1 minute.  Add the milk and seasoning and cook for 3-5 minutes until thickened.
  3. Cut up sweet potato and chicken  into small bite size pieces.  Chop leeks into small pieces.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the sauce with the quinoa, chicken, leeks, sweet potato, and pesto.  Pour into a 9x13 baking dish.  Top with shredded cheese and bake for 40-50 minutes covered, until the quinoa is soft and the chicken and sweet potatoes are cooked through.

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46 Comments

Tonita Spillers

Angela You don’t need flour or gluten free flour. Make a slurry with corn starch and add to the chicken stock to thicken it.

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mummalaa

Sounds delish! I’m making it tonight. I note your blurb says ‘dinner on the table in 30 min’ but the recipe says cook 40-50min. Can you confirm which it is please?

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Natalie Monson

Sorry!! It should be 40-50 minutes bake time just to make sure the sweet potatoes get cooked through.

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Natalie Monson

Sure! I haven’t tried it without, but I’m sure it would turn out fine.

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Becky

In the description you say toss them into the dish and bake and you have dinner in 30 minutes. In the recipe you say to bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Which is correct? It’s quite a discrepancy.

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Natalie Monson

Sorry about that – you will want to bake for 40-50 to make sure the potatoes are cooked through.

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Katie

We made this for dinner tonight. I have a 2 and 5 year old and they both loved it. The 5 year old even asked for seconds! I love this website!

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Made this tonight, replaced pesto with seeded and Dijon mustards, some grated carrot and a few cauliflower chunks, finger licking good and enough for tomorrow’s lunch at work…… Winner winner chicken dinner….

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GoSunshineGo

Tried this and the kids loved it! It was my first time using sweet potato, and the results were just great. I did substitute a sauteed onion for the leeks. I liked that is was not too sweet, with a nice balance. Thanks!

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Caren

Any suggestions on making this vegetarian? Should I add something else to sub for the chicken? Would black beans be weird?

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Rebecca

I made this tonight and it’s amazing! I’ve never cooked with leeks before but they are really good, but I am a huge onion fan 🙂 Recommending this to everyone I know!

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I’m trying this right now with a veggie twist. Using veg stock & quorn, also using squash as I have no sweet potato, also bunged in some sweetcorn as it sounded nice. Fingers crossed 😀

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Angela

I made this tonight but quinoa wouldn’t cook through.. Could I put it already cooked? It looks amazing & tasted good I want to try this again!

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Emily

This was a hit from age 2 to 72! I split the recipe making one vegetarian with firm tofu and the second with chicken. I used veg broth instead of chicken broth and added another sweet potato to bulk it up and baked both in an 8×8 baking dish.

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carmen henwood

Made this for lunch for my daycare kiddies they loved it. We didn’t add leeks as I couldn’t find any but we did add some cauliflower yummm yum yumm.

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A Johnson

Just found your site. Your recipes look delicious. However when trying to print out, the font is way too small for me to read and can’t find a way to enlarge it.

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Natalie Monson

What browser are you using? We have not been able to replicate that problem.

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Kathryn

I tried this recipe out tonight. Followed it to a tee and it came it looking like a soup 🙁

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Natalie Monson

I’m so sorry about that! Different ovens cook differently – you can definitely decrease the liquid in the recipe to help with this problem.

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Iuliana

Cooking for son who is allergic to dairy – what can I replace the shredded cheese with? I love the rest of the ingredients.

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Lauren

My daughter is sensitive to dairy so I replaced the regular milk with soy milk and it still came out perfect! I also used thighs instead of breast meat and added diced roasted red peppers. Thanks so much for this recipe-it is so easy and my 17 month old twins love it!

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Begum

Amazing dish! My 16 month old baby and husband loved it! Thank you so much for the recipe.

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Aysima

I’m a huge fan of your website. Thank you for all the lovely recipes ? Do you think is it possible to freeze the leftovers?

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Kristy

I was so excited to try this but it was a massive fail! Not sure what happened because I followed the recipe exactly. It came out with the quinoa not cooked through (also didn’t plump up at all as it usually does when it cooks) and the casserole had so much liquid it was like soup and the sweet potatoes were mush. It was gross! I wish I knew what went wrong?? I was so bummed to have to throw out a casserole made of entirely organic ingredients.

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Natalie Monson

Kristy! I am so sorry this didn’t turn out for you. Honestly I’m not sure what went wrong, but if you decide to make it again, you can try changing a couple of things:
1. Precook your quinoa. It only takes about 15 minutes in a pot and then it will be done for sure 🙂
2. Decrease the cooking liquid to 1/2 cup chicken broth, 1/2 cup milk.
3. Decrease the overall cooking time. Check it after about 35 minutes to make sure the sweet potatoes aren’t mushy.

Good luck and thanks for the feedback!

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Natalie Monson

I haven’t tried freezing it. The sweet potatoes might be a little mushy after freezing – if you try it let us know how it turns out!

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Lulu

I wonder is anyone has tried this in a slow cooker? It would be great to come home to a cooked casserole…

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Gabriela

Mine at 45 min also looked like a soup and quinoa wasn’t cooked – back to the oven for an additional 10 min (still covered) and quinoa is now cooked through – still a little watery but I just let it sit uncovered to cool off and the excess liquid evaporated.
Hope it helps if anyone else sees these issues! (Sweet potato did not get mushy)

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Megan

Do you think there would be Any problems making it up in the morning but not sticking it in the oven to bake until evening?

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