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30-Minute Mexican Chicken and Quinoa Stew

A hearty, healthy, and mouthwatering stew doesn’t have to take more than 30 minutes. This Mexican Chicken and Quinoa Stew hits the spot on any winter weeknight. Easy, nutritious, and delicious for the entire family!

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Happy Monday, Everyone!

Right. Even if Monday isn’t Miss Popular Day of the Week, this yumalicious and nutritious stew is here to help her out.

My Monday definitely needs this comforting stew, seeing that some mean subzero temps are hitting us, no holds barred. ❄️💨

Here’s what this 30-Minute Mexican Chicken and Quinoa Stew has going on:

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Ready, Set, Check it:

  1. It’s fully and boldly flavored; 200% yummy
  2. It’s hearty, satisfying, and happily comforting
  3. It’s clean and healthy and everything January wants from us
  4. It’s done in 30 minutes. Even less, if you’re a speedy chopper.
  5. The entire family, including picky Littles, gobble it up.Say no more, I’m all in.

Love chicken stew? Try my homemade Moroccan Chicken Stew with its rich flavors, seasonings, and spices to add some variety.

Mexican Chicken and Quinoa Stew

Here’s to helping out the Mondays.

And double-digit temps soon, please. (Please.)


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Mexican Chicken Quinoa Stew

30-Minute Mexican Chicken and Quinoa Stew

5 from 8 ratings
A hearty, healthy, and mouthwatering stew doesn’t have to take more than 30 minutes. This Mexican Chicken and Quinoa Stew hits the spot on any winter weeknight. Easy, nutritious, and delicious for the entire family!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amy Dong


  • Olive oil
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 TB dried oregano
  • 3 tsp dried cumin
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with juices, 28 oz
  • Several dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 cups good chicken stock, 32 oz
  • cup dry quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 lime
  • 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken, or boil chicken in salty water and shred
  • 2 large zucchini, cut to bite size
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish


  • In a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven, heat 4-5 TB olive oil. Saute onions and garlic just until soft and translucent. Add oregano and cumin and cook another minute. Add tomatoes with juices, Worcestershire, chicken stock, and quinoa. Bring to a boil, and immediately lower to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add juice of half the lime. Add shredded, cooked chicken and zucchini. Bring back to simmer for 5 more minutes. Season with kosher salt and fresh black pepper, to taste. Add more lime as desired.
  • Serve hot, garnished with cilantro leaves.
  • *Note: If you prefer more of a kick, add a bit of cayenne pepper to taste. For variation, add corn or black beans.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 438mg | Potassium: 698mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 271IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican

Source: Chew Out Loud

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Recipe Rating


    • Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer
    • 5 stars

    I swear you were reading my mind as I took chicken out of the fridge today and couldn’t think of what to make with it! This looks perfect and exactly what we need for lunch today! I’m practically drooling over these pics! Thanks for sharing as I’m off to the kitchen to make it! My tummy is actually growling right now!

      • chewoutloud

      Thank you so much, Lori! 🙂

    • veenaazmanov
    • 5 stars

    Definitely a comforting meal. Sounds interesting and healthy too.

    • Dana
    • 5 stars

    This has become one of my go-to’s for quick meals. The family loves it, it’s so quick to make from start to finish, and it has so much flavor!

      • chewoutloud

      So happy you guys enjoy this, Dana!

    • Farrukh Aziz
    • 5 stars

    This quinoa stew looks so hearty and comforting! Stews are made very frequently in our house, but I’ve never tried making it with quinoa. This recipe is definitely something I will try out!

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