Glorious Greek Chicken Pasta Casserole with Kale

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Easy one-pan casserole dinners are great for weeknight dinners.  But dinner goes from great to GLORIOUS with this Greek Ground Chicken Pasta Casserole with Feta and Kale.  It’s kind of like a Greek Mac n Cheese because it’s so incredibly creamy and cheesy from the parmesan and feta cheeses.  The glorious thing about Feta is that while it has a very pungent flavor when served cold, it becomes a more mellow, rich, and flavorful backdrop – which is great for kids.  You still get just a hint of funk from the Feta, but in a good way;)  

This is the ultimate in easy dinners; the ultimate in flavor.  Want more tips for making busy family dinners easier?  Click here for my Free Printable 5 Simple Steps to Easy Family Dinners!

Hail to the Kale

Kale adds fiber, nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium…it’s a beautiful thing.  It’s not only incredibly healthy, it’s incredibly versatile.  I put kale in my morning smoothie, lunch salads or one-bowl concoctions, and into a variety of dinner dishes.  

If your kids are not fans of Kale, try this recipe anyway because it completely melts into this dish and becomes one with it.  

Here are a few more recipes that I love with Kale:

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For this recipe, you need a 9×13 Casserole Dish or similar size – 10×10, 12×12, 10×13 will all work..

You also need a medium-large skillet/frying pan for cooking the ground chicken before it goes into the pan. This will allow you to break it up and give it a wonderful browned sear, which equals FLAVOR!

Mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR YOUR GREEK CHICKEN PASTA CASSEROLE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are steps you can prepare ahead to save time on busy nights! (See the full recipe below)

This easy recipe has only a few easy steps and very little prep required.  For the prep, if not already done, mince 3 garlic cloves.   

Prep the kale by rinsing it with cold water and drying it.  Then strip the leaves off the woody stems, and discard the stems. Rough chop the kale and set aside.

What kind of Kale should I buy?

Kale is one of those vegetables that is highly likely to have pesticides unless you buy it organic.  That’s because it grows above ground and is quite appealing to little critters.  Therefore, I recommend buying organic kale that is still on the stem.  If you cannot find organic, make sure you wash it with cold water and rub the leaves with your fingers to remove as much residue as possible.  If organic, you should still clean it the same way to remove possible bugs or dirt.

I also do not buy kale already chopped, as it has a shorter shelf life than fresh whole leaves still on the stems.

COOK YOUR GREEK CHICKEN PASTA CASSEROLE 

There are two steps to cooking this recipe and you do not want to skip the first one.  The first is to precook the ground chicken and the second step is to mix and cook the casserole. 

You can actually precook the chicken 2-3 days in advance if you want! Preheat a large frying pan or skillet on high heat. Add the olive oil and then the ground chicken. Break up the chicken with a spatula and then season with the oregano, salt, and pepper. Stir together and then let sear in the pan for 3-4 minutes.  Add the garlic and stir. Cook for another 3-4 minutes until all pink is gone.  

Finally, add the broth to the pan and scrape up all of the chicken brown bits from the bottom of the pan.  Turn off the heat.

Pour the ground chicken and broth into the casserole dish.

In measuring cup, add 1 cup milk and the 4 tablespoons of cornstarch. Whisk to dissolve and then add to the casserole dish. Add in 1 more cup of milk, plus the other 2 cups of broth, the additional dried oregano, parmesan, and the dried pasta. Stir to combine and ensure that the pasta is submerged in the liquid.

Last, mix in the chopped kale, parmesan cheese, and feta cheese. Mix again and press down with a spoon to ensure that again the pasta is submerged into the liquid.

Hand adding measuring cup of parmesan cheese to dish with ground chicken and broth for Glorious Greek Ground Chicken Pasta Casserole. It has lean ground chicken with garlic, oregano, parmesan, feta and Kale. 

Fork pressing down dry pasta and kale into liquid with ground chicken and broth for Glorious Greek Ground Chicken Pasta Casserole. It has lean ground chicken with garlic, oregano, parmesan, feta and Kale. 

Cover with aluminum foil and place on the center rack in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes.  After 20 minutes, remove the casserole and give it a stir to ensure that all pasta is getting cooked through evenly. Cover again and bake for the last 20 minutes.

Greek Ground Chicken Pasta Casserole in oven with aluminum foil on top. It has lean ground chicken with garlic, oregano, parmesan, feta and Kale. 

Can I use any other meat?

You can use any ground meat you prefer.  The ground chicken really keeps this a lean recipe, however, you can use ground beef, ground pork, or ground lamb.  All would be delicious.  Cooking times will be the same regardless of the meat.  

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Fork with bite of Glorious Greek Ground Chicken Pasta Casserole with plate below and casserole in background. It has lean ground chicken with garlic, oregano, parmesan, feta and Kale. 
Glorious Greek Ground Chicken Pasta Casserole in a casserole dish with wood spatula. It has lean ground chicken with garlic, oregano, parmesan, feta and Kale. 
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Magical Greek Chicken Pasta Casserole with Kale

This Glorious Greek Ground Chicken Pasta Casserole is easy and delicious! It has lean ground chicken with garlic, oregano, parmesan, feta and Kale.  It's kind of like a Greek Mac n Cheese because it's so incredibly creamy and cheesy from the parmesan and feta cheeses.  The Feta melts into a more mellow, rich, and flavorful backdrop – which is great for kids! #casseroleideas #easydinnerideas #familydinnerrecipes #greekchicken #chickenpasta

Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek
Keyword casserole, chicken, ground chicken, kale, pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Ground Chicken

  • 16 oz Ground Chicken Breast
  • 2 teaspoons Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 3 teaspoons Garlic, minced (3 garlic cloves)

Casserole

  • 3 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups 1% Milk (any milk will work)
  • 4 tablespoons Corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 10 ounces Campanelle Pasta, dry (or any short cut pasta)
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 6 ounces Feta, crumbled
  • 2 cups Fresh Kale, chopped

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. If not already done, mince 3 garlic cloves.

  2. Clean the kale leaves by rinsing with cold water. Strip the leaves off the woody stems and discard the stems. Rough chop the kale and set aside.

Cooking Steps

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 F degrees

  2. Preheat a large frying pan or skillet on high heat. Add the olive oil and then the ground chicken. Break up the chicken with a spatula and then season with the oregano, salt, and pepper. Let sear in the pan for 3-4 minutes and then add the garlic and stir. Cook for another 3-4 minutes until all pink is gone. Last, pour in 1 cup of the broth and scrape up all of the browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a spatula. Turn off the heat.

    Measuring cup of broth being added to ground chicken in pan cooking for Glorious Greek Ground Chicken Pasta Casserole. It has lean ground chicken with garlic, oregano, parmesan, feta and Kale. 
  3. In measuring cup, add 1 cup milk and the 4 tablespoons of cornstarch. Whisk to dissolve and then add to the casserole dish. Pour the ground chicken and broth into the casserole dish. Add in 1 more cup of milk, plus the other 2 cups of broth, the additional dried oregano, parmesan, and the dried pasta. Stir to combine and ensure that the pasta is submerged in the liquid.

    Hand adding measuring cup of parmesan cheese to dish with ground chicken and broth for Glorious Greek Ground Chicken Pasta Casserole. It has lean ground chicken with garlic, oregano, parmesan, feta and Kale. 
  4. Last, mix in the chopped kale and feta cheese. Mix again and press down with a spoon to ensure that again the pasta is submerged into the liquid.

    Fork pressing down dry pasta and kale into liquid with ground chicken and broth for Glorious Greek Ground Chicken Pasta Casserole. It has lean ground chicken with garlic, oregano, parmesan, feta and Kale. 
  5. Cover with aluminum foil and place on the center rack in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes.

    Greek Ground Chicken Pasta Casserole in oven with aluminum foil on top. It has lean ground chicken with garlic, oregano, parmesan, feta and Kale. 
  6. After 20 minutes, remove the casserole and give it a stir to ensure that all pasta is getting cooked through evenly. Cover again and bake for the last 20 minutes.

  7. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes, then serve and enjoy!

    Glorious Greek Ground Chicken Pasta Casserole in a casserole dish with wood spatula. It has lean ground chicken with garlic, oregano, parmesan, feta and Kale. 

Quinoa and Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Creamy Lemon Dressing

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Bowl of Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

Welcome to my breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in between OBSESSION!  This Quinoa and Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Creamy Lemon Dressing has everything you could ever want in a meal.  It’s fresh, light, and bright from the lemon dressing, kale, scallion, and red pepper.  Then it’s hearty, nutty, and salty from the quinoa, roasted chickpeas and Feta Cheese.  And then you get a burst of fresh sweetness from the pomegranate seeds.  And all of the different textures will make your mouth so happy!    

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The Perfect Healthy Meal Prep Recipe

Not only is this delicious and good for you, but it’s incredibly versatile and can be made well in advance to enjoy all week!  

Quinoa, pronounced KEEN-wah, is actually an edible seed that is referred to as a Superfood because of its health benefits.  It’s high in complete protein including 8 amino acids and it has more fiber than most other grains.  It also has Iron, Manganese, Lysine, and magnesium.

The texture is similar to a couscous, but a little more fluffy.  It has a mild, slightly nutty taste, similar to brown rice.  However, because it’s so mild, it really absorbs any flavors you mix with it.  Check out more Quinoa Recipes!

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Pomegranate Seeds are also so good for you!  They are loaded with nutrients, have antioxidants, have anti-inflammatory benefits, and so much more.  Read more about the many benefits of pomegranate seeds. 

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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR QUINOA & KALE SALAD

Red pepper, Kale, Pomegranate, and Quinoa for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

Here’s the wonderful news about this recipe…the entire thing can be made ahead!  Then you can eat it throughout the week! (See the recipe below for more details)

It starts with the quinoa, which you first want to thoroughly rinse with warm water in a strainer.  Then you cook it according to package instructions (very similar to rice).  Let it cool in the fridge. 

By the way, you can make extra and freeze quinoa.  Just spread it out on a sheet pan and freeze, then scoop it into a freezer bag/container. Check out more Freezer Hacks to Save Dinner here!

Water rinsing quinoa in strainer for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

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While the Quinoa is cooking, you can also roast the chickpeas.  Roasting chickpeas gives them a crispy nuttier flavor and really transforms them into little bites of wonder.

Make the roasted chickpeas by first draining and rinsing them in cold water. Pat dry with paper towel and place on the lined baking sheet. Drizzle with Olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Toss to coat each chickpea with seasoning. Place in preheated oven and roast for 25 minutes.

Roasted Chickpeas on pan for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

Then make the dressing by combining the sour cream, lemon zest, lemon juice, honey, yellow mustard, parsley. Add a dash of salt and fresh ground pepper. Taste for seasoning and add more salt & pepper if needed.

Dressing ingredients in bowl on counter with lemon off to side for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

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While the quinoa and chickpeas are cooking, prep all of the veggies! Dice the red pepper and chop the kale. Finely slice the scallion.

Chopping Kale for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

Chopped Red Pepper and Kale for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

Slice the Pomegranate in half and then holding one half upside down, hit the back with a mallet or the back of your knife to knock out the seeds.

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To a large mixing bowl, add the cool quinoa, chickpeas, kale, red pepper, pomegranate, scallion, crumbled feta, and dressing. Then mix to combine.

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ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

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Quinoa and Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Creamy Lemon Dressing

This Quinoa and Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Creamy Lemon Dressing is everything!  It's fresh, light, and bright from the lemon dressing, kale, scallions, and red pepper.  Then it's hearty, nutty, and salty from the quinoa, roasted chickpeas and Feta Cheese.  And then you get a burst of fresh sweetness from the pomegranate seeds.
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy dinner, healthy recipes, kale, quinoa, salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 445 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Creamy Lemon Dressing

  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 tbls Sour Cream
  • 1/2 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Yellow Mustard
  • 1 tsp Italian Parsley finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh Ground Pepper to taste

Roasted Chickpeas

  • 15 oz Chickpeas 1 can
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Other Salad Ingredients

  • 1 cup Quinoa, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup Red Pepper, diced
  • 2 cups Kale, sliced
  • 1/4 cup Scallions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Feta, crumbled
  • 1 Pomegranate seeds only

Instructions

  1. Start by rinsing the quinoa thoroughly in a strainer and then cooking it according to package directions. Let cool in the fridge.

    Water rinsing quinoa in strainer for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale
  2. Make the dressing by first, zesting the Lemon and then cut in half and add the juice from only half of the lemon to a mixing bowl. Also to the bowl, add the sour cream, lemon zest, honey, yellow mustard, parsley.  Whisk the ingredients together. Add a dash of salt and fresh ground pepper. Taste for seasoning and add more salt & pepper if needed.

    Dressing ingredients in bowl on counter with lemon off to side for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale
  3. Make the roasted chickpeas by first draining and rinsing them in cold water. Pat dry with paper towel and place on the lined baking sheet. Drizzle with Olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Toss to coat each chickpea with seasoning. Place in preheated oven and roast for 25 minutes.

    Roasted Chickpeas on pan for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale
  4. While the quinoa and chickpeas are cooking, prep all of the veggies!  Dice the red pepper and chop the kale.  Finely slice the scallion.

    Chopped Red Pepper and Kale for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale
  5. Slice the Pomegranate in half and then holding one half upside down, hit the back with a mallet or the back of your knife to knock out the seeds.

    Knife hitting Pomegranate to get seeds out for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale
  6. To a large mixing bowl, add the cooled quinoa, chickpeas, kale, red pepper, pomegranate, scallion, dressing and crumbled feta.  Then mix to combine.

    All ingredients in bowl for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale
  7. Store in pre-portioned lunch containers, serve as a side or as a main dish.  Enjoy!

    Close up of bowl of Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale