Crusted Quinoa Chicken Recipe with Goat Cheese {Gluten free, High protein + Super Simple}

This crusted quinoa chicken recipe is quick, easy, healthy and gluten free! Goat cheese and red peppers complete this weeknight-friendly meal.

Quinoa and Goat Cheese Crusted Chicken - SO easy and healthy! My new favorite meal! || #quinoa #chicken #recipe #glutenfree

You know what’s fun?

Putting the TV on mute and then making up your own narrative.

Not that I am currently sitting at my computer, with the TV on mute, narrating to myself while I type.

I just thought you might need a good date night idea sometime or something.

Don’t say I don’t look out for you.

Quinoa and Goat Cheese Crusted Chicken - SO easy and healthy! My new favorite meal! || #quinoa #chicken #recipe #glutenfree

Also, I will allow you to judge my lame, 23 year old self for thinking that watching a mute TV is an acceptable date night.

How the Huberoni puts up with me, I don’t know.

I think it’s the food.

You know what else is fun, and also a lot less lame? Eating your side dish and you main dish TOGETHER.

At. The. Same. Time.

Mind blown?  That’s what I thought.

Quinoa and Goat Cheese Crusted Chicken - SO easy and healthy! My new favorite meal! || #quinoa #chicken #recipe #glutenfree

Ever since those Potato Poppers where I failed miserably at using quinoa as a breading, I have been -determined to make it work.

So when Sartori gave me the opportunity to try their (ah-may-zing!) Extra-Aged Goat Cheese, I knew it was time to make the magic happen.

If anything can make a chicken dinner a winner, it’s goat cheese. I mean, I’m pretty sure it’s up there in world-saving capabilities with Batman.

Especially when it’s extra-aged, which makes it EXTRA-yum.

So, operation-make-quinoa-breading-and-not-have-it-end-in-tears began.

And you know what?

Quinoa and Goat Cheese Crusted Chicken - SO easy and healthy! My new favorite meal! || #quinoa #chicken #recipe #glutenfree

This time, it did not end in tears.

It ended in my belly.

You guys, this is probably one of the easiest dinners you will EVER make in all the dinners of your life. Yes, I know I say that a lot lately but this proves it:

Mr. FFF was watching me create this recipe and he said that he thought that even HE could make it.

If he can do it, so can you.

Quinoa and Goat Cheese Crusted Chicken - SO easy and healthy! My new favorite meal! || #quinoa #chicken #recipe #glutenfree

I mean, he would burn Cheerios if that was somehow a possibility. LOVE YOU BABE.

Anyway. Back to easy yummies.

Guess what! You probably even have all the ingredients…because there ain’t very many.  (<3)

Healthy Carbs? Check. Healthy Fat? Double Check. Protein? CHECK CHECK CHECK

Oh, and the yum factor?

Quinoa and Goat Cheese Crusted Chicken - SO easy and healthy! My new favorite meal! || #quinoa #chicken #recipe #glutenfree

Eleventy billion…and twelve.

5.0 from 4 reviews
Goat Cheese and Quinoa Crusted Chicken
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Serves: 2
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1/2 Cup Uncooked quinoa, divided
  • 1/2 Cup Extra-Aged Goat Cheese, Grated and divided (I used Sartori)
  • 1 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic powder
  • Salt/pepper to taste
  • 1 Large egg white
  • 1/2 Lb Chicken breasts (2 medium breasts)
  • Sliced roasted red peppers, for garnish (From a jar, or I have a tutorial HERE)
  • Sliced fresh basil, for garnish
  1. Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil and stir in 1/4 cup of the uncooked quinoa. Cover, turn the heat to low and cook until all the water is absorbed (about 15 minutes.) Set aside to let the quinoa cool.
  2. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking spray. Set aside
  3. Place the remaining 1/4 cup of uncooked quinoa into a food processor and process until ground into a fine flour. Pour the quinoa flour into a large, shallow plate.
  4. Transfer the cooled, cooked quinoa into a large bowl and add in 1/4 cup of the grated Goat Cheese, the Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix well and pour into a large, shallow plate.
  5. Pour the egg white into a large shallow plate.
  6. Dredge each breast into the quinoa flour, pressing to get it evenly coated. Then, transfer each breast into the egg white, also making sure to evenly coat it. Finally, transfer the breasts into the cooked quinoa/cheese mixture, really making sure to coat each side. You will really have to press the quinoa in to make it stick.
  7. Place the breasts onto the prepared baking sheet and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  8. Bake until lightly golden brown and crispy, about 20-25 minutes.
  9. Turn your oven to high broil, sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of grated cheese on the chicken and broil until melted, only about 2 minutes.
  10. Garnish with sliced roasted red pepper and basil and DEVOUR
Extra-aged goat cheese is hard like a cheddar cheese, it is not creamy and crumbly like the goat cheese you may be familiar with. The creamy, crumbly, traditional goat cheese will not work in this recipe!

 This is not a sponsored post, but a huge thanks to Sartori for sending me some of their Limited Edition Extra-Aged goat cheese!

Want more goat cheese goodness?

Goat Cheese and Zucchini Hash

Goat Cheese and Zucchini Hash

Goat Cheese Stuffed Avocado

Goat Cheese Stuffed Avocado

Pomegranate and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken

Pomegranate and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken

More goat cheese-a-licious links I <3:

Strawberry, Pistachio and Goat Cheese Crepes  – Eats Well With Others

Garden Veggie And Goat Cheese Samosas – Half Baked Harvest

Goat Cheese and Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream  – Doughvelopment

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  1. says

    Not sure if I should admit this or not, but my husband and I have been known to put the TV on a spanish station (since we both don’t speak it) and make up words for what they’re saying! Pretty funny when doing that with soap operas! :) This chicken looks amazing, Taylor! I love your use of quinoa and extra-aged goat cheese. Looks so easy to whip up! Pinned!

    • Taylor Kiser says

      HAHA! Oh my gosh, I need to try that next Gayle – too funny! Soap operas would be SO good!
      It truly is SUPA easy! Thanks lady! 😀

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Isn’t quinoa so great and versatile?! Thanks so much Julie – goat cheese makes everything better!

  2. says

    ohhhhh giiiiiiirl! This is such a beautiful meal! I’m all about the crispety crusty chicken, and did someone say “aged goat cheese?” Please and thank you!

    • Taylor Kiser says

      This is why we need to meat. I love of crispety crusty chicken and old goat cheese!
      Thanks girl!

  3. says

    OMG! Goat cheese anything sounds yummy, but quinoa crusted chicken, WOW, yes yes yes! Definitely pinning this, and I’m going to tell my husband that he needs to make it for me…and that we need to have a date night where we create our own narrative to the TV lol…I just see wins with this recipe (and I’m obsessed with Sartori Cheese)! Oh, and the photos are STUNNING! LOOOOVE!

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Haha! I am so glad you agree on chicken and tv narration – it’s totally fun girl 😉
      Isn’t Sartori the GREATEST?! So many awesome flavours!
      Thanks lady!!

  4. says

    So…my daughter and I have a slight addiction to The Gilmore Gals – and they would mute the TV and make up their narrative to these old black and white movies – used to leave us in hysterics!!! Oh to have been a fly on the wall at your home when this was going on… :)
    P.S. Quinoa crusted chicken – OH MEEOMY!! I haven’t stopped drooling since I saw this on FB last night!

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Haha! Well maybe you should re-create the scenario with your daughter? 😉 It’s totally fun and not weird I promise!
      You are da sweetest (as always!) You would totally lurve this..and I THINK goat cheese is lactose free? So you could eats it! YAY!
      Thanks my dear!

  5. Stephanie says

    It would be helpful if the recipe noted that you need to have a TINY food processor in order to do this. Not a normal size one. Ugh.

  6. Tamra says

    I don’t have access to a food processor at all, but that is not going to keep me from trying this recipe tonight. Thanks to my daughter Nikki for sending me this link.

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Oh no! I hope it still works out for you. It’s supposed to be chunky, so fingers crossed! Please let me know how it goes! 😀

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Haha! Thanks Emma, I try to keep it interesting. Please let me know if you like it!
      Side note: I used a small, 3 cup food processor to grind the quinoa. A huge one won’t work!

  7. Maria says

    Hello Taylor,

    I see you are all people big lovers of goat cheese. I love that recipe and I intend to cook chicken coated quinoa tonight, but the problem is that I can’t stand goat cheese, it tastes like the smell of goat sweat. What cheese could be a substitute without overpowering the other tastes involved?
    Thank you so much!

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Hi Maria!
      How do you feel about Parmesan Cheese? I think that would be SO good here too! If you try it, please let me know! 😀

      • Maria says

        Once again, thank you so much! I postponed our dinner till tonight. I used Parmesan Cheese and it was just wonderful. The whole recipe so healthy and nutritious. It’s perfectly fit to our fiber diet. My husband was just as happy as I am.

        • Taylor Kiser says

          YAY! I am SO SO glad to hear that, I thought Parmesan would be a winner! So glad you liked it and thanks for letting me know! 😀

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