Tasty Thursday: Chicken Quinoa Soup

March 27, 2014

March 27, 2014

One of my 2014 goals is to cook a new recipe at least once a month. I think I have done a pretty good job so far – I’ve cooked and shared 5 recipes through today! 

I’ve made some progress cooking my way through The Runner’s World Cookbook, “150 Ultimate Recipes for Fueling Up and Slimming Down – While Enjoying Every Bite.”  I’ve blogged about my adventures in making Butternut Squash Hummus and Maple-Glazed Brussels Sprouts, and today I am going to share the delicious Chicken Quinoa Soup recipe.

Ingredients – Recipe HERE

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 pound boneless chicken thighs (I used chicken breast)
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms (I used shitake – any will do)
  • 2 ribs celery, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
  • salt and pepper to taste

I used 1 pound of chicken breast and followed Amanda’s recipe for slow cooker chicken.  After 5-6 hours of cooking, the chicken was moist enough to pull apart (you do not have to use this method, but I wanted to try it anyways).  Doesn’t it look great!?


Because I was already using a crockpot, I decided to cook the soup in  there instead of the stovetop.


I sliced the celery, carrots and garlic gloves.  I cheated a bit utilized frozen diced onions and mushrooms as a time saver.  I tossed those ingredients into the crockpot. 


I added the remaining ingredients: canola oil, chicken broth, water, quinoa, salt and pepper, and thyme into the mix. 


I set my crockpot to warm and let it cook overnight. And the finished product!


  • The book estimates it would take only 45 minutes; I took longer because I used a crockpot to create the pulled chicken.
  • I shortened some prep time by utilizing frozen (and already diced) vegetables!
  • I probably could have added a little more water for the broth.
  • This was a yummy meal during this cold cold DC week, and I froze some containers for later. 

PS – Mar also cooked this same recipe this week – great minds think alike!

Do you have a go to soup recipe?

What techniques do you have to save time in the kitchen?

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