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Mom’s Chicken Soup with Quinoa

Chicken Soup with Quinoa ~ is made with an entire chicken, fresh chopped vegetables, seasonings and quinoa (instead of noodles) to give it a healthy twist!  This happens to be our mother’s Italian version of her traditional chicken soup, with a minor change.  It’s perfect for a light dinner this week, and you can reheat some for lunch the  very next day.  It’s very light, low calorie and low in fat with a lot of protein.

And, what makes this a low calorie and low fat chicken soup?


The secret is the removal of all the skin and fat from the chicken. Then, replacing the pastina or noodles with a high protein grain like Quinoa, gives it a full body flavor while adding more protein into the soup, leaving you fuller longer.  Using Quinoa makes this a great gluten-free dish.

You can pair this soup with a tossed salad and side dish of steamed vegetables.  It’s so good for you and delicious, without all the fat and calories and it’s Gluten-Free! Your family will ask for seconds!  Enjoy!

Mom’s Chicken Soup with Quinoa

  • One whole chicken
  • 2 whole carrots – cut into large chunks
  • 2 celery stalks – cut into large chunks
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 large white onion- cut in half
  • 1 fresh tomato- cut in half
  • 1 cube of beef bouillon
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 cup of Quinoa (pre-washed, no rinsing brand )
  • Parmesan cheese for serving

In a large bowl, remove all the skin and fat from the chicken and rinse thoroughly. Cut the chicken into large chunks, leaving the bones within.  Fill a large pot (about 8-quart pot) with water.  Add all ingredients.  Bring to boil and simmer for two hours.  Set aside to cool.

With a slotted spoon, fish out and remove most of the vegetables and bay leaves, leaving only carrots and celery.  Remove also all the bones from chicken and discard the bones.  Turn the heat on low.  Bring to a low boil.  Add the Quinoa and simmer for 10 minutes.  Taste the broth and season with more salt if desired. No pepper.  Serve and add some Parmesan cheese into each bowl or at the table.
Chicken soup stays fresh up to 3 days refrigerated.

Serves 6 to 8

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15 Comments

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    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    January 8, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    There is nothing, I repeat-nothing, like Mom's chicken soup. At least that's what my kids tell me! This looks great!

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      annaliz
      January 9, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      Thank you Abbe, we say the very same thing. Hope you are staying warm, these few days have been brutally cold Enjoy!

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    Joanne
    January 9, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    So hearty!! This is definitely chicken soup for the soul!

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    Dan from Platter Talk
    January 9, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I can't imagine that it gets any better than this. I'm with Abbe, that nothing can ever beat Mom' chicken soup. Thanks for sharing this rendition, I love it!

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      annaliz
      January 9, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks Dan! We need a lot of soup this week, it has been brutally cold all week long. And, everyone is coming down with a cold these past few days. Hope you are staying warm by a cozy fire! 🙂

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    Val
    January 9, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Light and lovely. Nothing better than a moms recipe.

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    Chatty Crone
    January 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I have never eaten Quinoa – it scares me!

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      annaliz
      January 9, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Lol… It scared me at first too, but after being introduced, we fell in love with this grain, not only is it so healthy for you but it's a snap to cook with and we love incorporating quinoa into so many recipes these days…. Oh please you have to try it just once, and then you will be hooked, like us! lol…..xxoo

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    January 9, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    I've always known your mom is one smart lady. This looks perfect in every way. Love it!

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      annaliz
      January 9, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Tricia you are so sweet! thanks again!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    January 9, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    What a healthy and delicious way to make chicken soup! I loved quinoa the first time I tasted it but never thought of using it in soup. Love it!

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      annaliz
      January 10, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      Same with me Sue, it was my sister Liz's idea to use quinoa in soups and I love it ever since!

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    Mary Callan
    January 10, 2014 at 1:14 am

    Oh yes! a perfect chicken soup! SO delicious and perfectly healthy!
    Mary x

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    Dawn Yucuis
    January 10, 2014 at 2:17 am

    I love chicken soup. I think using quinoa instead of noodles is a great and healthy idea.

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      annaliz
      January 10, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Thank you Dawn!! And welcome to our site, its so nice to meet you! We use quinoa a lot lately and especially in soups! Glad you like this one. Have a great day!

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