Apple Cider Chicken Quinoa Skillet

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.


4 servings

Updated: Mar. 31, 2022
Since I’m especially busy with three active teenagers, I don’t have much time to get dinner on the table in the evening. Instead, I rely on quick options, like this one-skillet dish that boasts essential proteins, veggies and good carbohydrates. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland
Apple Cider Chicken Quinoa Skillet Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fully cooked apple chicken sausage links or flavor of your choice, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup apple cider or juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups chopped fresh kale
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 medium apple, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage or 1 teaspoon dried sage leaves


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add sausage and onion; cook and stir until sausage is golden brown, 8-10 minutes. Add broth, cider and salt; bring to a boil. Stir in kale and quinoa.
    Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until liquid is absorbed, 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/2 cups: 492 calories, 18g fat (3g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 888mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 6g fiber), 22g protein.