Ranch Chicken Quinoa Dip Recipe

Dionne Baldwin | Try Anything Once

Ranch Chicken Quinoa Dip is the warm dip of comfort you won't be able to stop eating. Fabulous!

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This dip started out as a dinner main dish. And yes, we did actually eat it for dinner the first and second time I made this.

You know how life gets. We get into a rush with the after school (or after work) routine, dinner, homework, the phone rings because everyone else is off work too.

Sometimes we eat at the table unless it’s a sunny spring or summer day then we eat outside at the table all the time. Our dining room is connected to our kitchen so the third time I made this dip, and yes I kept track, it was going to be our main dish again. It was spoonable, cheesy, and warm so my daughter grabbed spoons for everyone but I stayed busy in the kitchen. Some unexpected things happened that day and I lost track of time. I ended up eating my dinner with chips instead of a spoon and we decided this makes a really and truly awesome dip!

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Even the fussy eaters love this dip.

Friends who aren’t experienced home cooks like to give this recipe a try because there isn’t much to it. The only question they seem to have is how do you know the quinoa is cooked? With this recipe, you’ll know when most of the liquid is gone and the quinoa is tender. Uncooked it’s raw like a seed, but when it’s cooked, it’ll be a little firm but not mushy with a nice snap.

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I like to remove it from the heat before all the liquid is absorbed because that’s what gives it the scoopable dip consistency. You can definitely add more cheese if you want. My daughter does if she’s around and I’m not looking. ;)

Give this Ranch Chicken Quinoa Dip a try! 

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Ranch Chicken Quinoa Dip Recipe

    12 Servings


  • 1 medium Onion, Finely chopped
  • 1 pound Chicken Breast, Cubed
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 clove Garlic, Finely chopped
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Quinoa, Rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried Parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Chives
  • 1 cup Buttermilk, Or buttermilk substitute prepared at least 15 minutes ahead: 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups Cheese
  • Fresh Parsley, Or dried parsley, for garnish, optional


  1. In a large pan, sauté the onion on medium-high heat.
  2. Add chicken and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook until almost completely cooked through.
  4. Add garlic and sauté for a minute or two but not too long so you don't burn it.
  5. Add chicken broth, rinsed quinoa, parsley and chives.
  6. Cover and bring to a boil on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
  7. Once boiling, turn down to medium, add buttermilk and cook until most of the liquid is absorbed and quinoa is much softer.
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. Stir in the cheese.
  10. Add extra cheese if you want.
  11. Top with fresh or dried parsley for a garnish.
  12. Serve warm.


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Author: Dionne Baldwin
Recipe Yields: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 173
Calories 391

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 292mg
Total Carbohydrate 23g
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 1g
Protein 19g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Dionne Baldwin

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Dionne Baldwin will Try Anything Once, and that's how she named her blog too. She loves snacks and appetizers, and we love her, so she's our newest Appetizer Fanatic!

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