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Make-Ahead Chicken Bruschetta Quinoa Bake
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Make-Ahead Chicken Bruschetta Quinoa Bake

1 Hr(s) 50 Min(s)
15 Min(s) Prep
1 Hr(s) 35 Min(s) Cook
Save some time with this Make-Ahead Chicken Bruschetta Quinoa Bake. This Make-Ahead Chicken Bruschetta Quinoa Bake tastes even better the next day!
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8 servings
Original recipe yields 8 servings
1-1/4 cups quinoa, rinsed
2 cups water
1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 jar (24 oz.) CLASSICO Traditional Sweet Basil Pasta Sauce
1 tub (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Spread
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil leaves
1 cup halved grape tomatoes
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Let's Make It
1
Bring quinoa and water to boil in medium saucepan; cover. Simmer on medium-low heat 15 min. or until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Fluff quinoa with fork; spoon into large bowl.
2
Reserve 1 cup shredded cheese for later use. Add remaining cheese to quinoa along with all remaining ingredients except tomatoes; mix lightly.
3
Spoon into foil-lined 13x9-inch freezer-safe baking pan sprayed with cooking spray; top with reserved cheese. Cover with plastic wrap, then foil. Freeze up to 2 months.
4
WHEN READY TO SERVE:
5
Heat oven to 350°F. Unwrap frozen casserole; discard plastic wrap and foil. Loosely cover casserole with additional foil. Bake 1 hour 20 min. or until heated through, uncovering after 1 hour. (Or, thaw frozen casserole overnight in refrigerator, then bake [uncovered] in preheated 350°F oven 35 to 40 min. or until heated through. Or to omit the freezing step to serve casserole right away, bake [uncovered] casserole in preheated 350°F oven 25 min. or until heated through.)
6
Top with tomatoes before serving.
Kitchen Tips
Tip 1
Freeze-Ahead Casserole
When you have some extra time on your hands, why not make a casserole for the freezer? Just prepare casserole as directed in foil-lined baking dish, making sure there is enough foil extending over edges of dish to cover and seal. Freeze casserole until firm. Remove from dish; wrap tightly with foil. Place foil-wrapped casserole in labeled and dated freezer-weight resealable plastic bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to thaw, unwrap frozen casserole and return to original baking dish. Thaw overnight in refrigerator, then bake as directed just before serving.
Tip 2
Healthful Habit
Drink at least 4 to 6 glasses of water throughout the day to keep hydrated and help control your appetite – sometimes thirst can be mistaken for hunger.
Tip 3
Special Extra
Sprinkle with additional 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil leaves before serving.
Nutrition
Calories
350
Calories From Fat
0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g
26%
Saturated Fat 9g
45%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 65mg
22%
Sodium 700mg
30%
Total Carbohydrates 22g
8%
Dietary Fibers 4g
14%
Sugars 6g
12%
Protein 21g
42%
Vitamin A
15%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
4%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
servings
8 servings, 1 cup each
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.
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