You know the old wive’s tale that when you’re sick you should eat chicken noodle soup? It’s not actually an old wive’s tale. It’s totally true. There have been numerous studies since 2000 that have concluded that grandma’s chicken noodle soup actually does help shorten the duration of a cold.
Of all the ingredients in chicken noodle soup that may help with your sickness, noodles, sadly, aren’t one of them. Move over noodles, and let’s welcome quinoa to the picture. This Chicken Quinoa Soup is an updated version of your favorite classic soup. All the flavors of chicken noodle soup are there, but healthy quinoa takes the place of noodles, and we love it just as much.
If you can, I highly recommend you make your own bone broth. Homemade bone broth has so many health benefits, including boosting your immune system, helping your liver function and detox, improving your bone and joint health, and improving digestion. I don’t usually have large chunks of time to simmer my broth, nor do I like keeping my gas stove on all day, so I like to make mine in the slow cooker. It’s so easy to just dump everything in and let the slow cooker work its magic!
Not only is homemade bone broth more nutritious than most store-bought varieties, you’ll save money making your own, too!
Whether you make your own broth or not, I hope you will give this Chicken Quinoa Soup a try! It’s such an easy recipe that is perfect for these cold winter days.Print
Chicken Quinoa Soup
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
This Chicken Quinoa Soup recipe is an updated classic. Ditch the noodles for healthy quinoa!
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 sweet onion, diced
2 large carrots, sliced diagonally
2 celery ribs, cut in half length wise, and then sliced diagonally
2–3 garlic cloves, minced
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
8 cups chicken broth
2/3 cups quinoa, rinsed well
1 1/2 cups shredded/chopped cooked chicken
salt and pepper, to taste
In a large stock, heat the oil over medium heat.
Add the onion, carrots, celery, garlic, the bay leaf, and thyme and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are just softened, about 5 minutes.
Add the chicken stock and quinoa and bring it to a boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer until the quinoa is cooked, about 15-20 minutes.
Stir in the chicken and allow to cook a few minutes, until the chicken is thoroughly heated.
Remove the bay leaf before serving. Enjoy!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Category: Soup
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 473
- Sugar: 13.7g
- Sodium: 775.3mg
- Fat: 17.9g
- Saturated Fat: 3.7g
- Carbohydrates: 46.4g
- Fiber: 4.3g
- Protein: 30.5g
- Cholesterol: 53.8mg
Keywords: chicken soup
Love this one “chicken quinoa soup”. My kid actually love chicken soup, will definitely gonna try this , hope he will like this one too.
Love this soup! Super easy to make especially when I have some leftover chicken! I’ve already made twice this fall season. A great go to when feeling under the weather also.
So happy to hear this!
This was soo good! Tried this recipe for dinner today and it was absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for this healthy and comforting soup recipe! 🙂
So good! Thanks for sharing!
Our family go to when anyone is sick now. My 3 and 5 year old love this! We use onion powder and leave out celery for them. Thanks for such a yummy recipe!
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This was yummy! I just had some leftovers and it really hit the spot. Perfect soup for when you aren’t feeling well.
Linda @ OnlyEatClean.com says
This recipe looks delightful, very eager to try it. Its perfectly suitable for anyone who is into “clean eating” , as my family and I are. Its always great to have another great soup recipe to add to our menu. The only change I will personally make it to swap out regular salt for much healthier sea salt or Himalayan salt, in order to really keep it compliant with a healthy, clean eating lifestyle. Thanks, looking forward to perusing other recipes on your site!
I made this for my family last night and we all loved it! Great recipe, Maryea. I just shared it on my Facebook page.
I’m glad you like it and thanks for sharing!
I make a lot of chicken soup including an old Jewish chicken soup recipe, but this one is one of my favorites. I don’t know if it’s the addition of quinoa that makes it so yummy or the fact that it doesn’t take so long to make, but it is so good and healthy. Thank you for the recipe.
Thank you, Julie! 🙂
Jody Wallace says
Do you know what the calories per servings are in this recipe?
Hi there! Thanks for your question. I just added the nutritional information. It’s 473 calories per serving.
I see 473 per serving but how much is a serving? A cup, 2? Not sure. I am trying to track it in myfitnesspal
A serving is approximately 2 cups.
Leigh Anne says
Made this last night & it was yummy! Had not thought of the noodle & quinoa swap……perfect! I’d also love a post on bone broth. Seen it all over the place but not sure how to do it & what the benefits are.
I will work on that, Leigh Anne! Glad you liked this! 🙂
Do you think this would work in the crock pot? If so, how long would you cook it for?
Definitely! My best guess would be to cook on low for 6-7 hours. I’d say start with raw chicken and then take it out and chop it or shred it before serving OR add the already-coooked chicken at the end. I wouldn’t let already cooked chicken cook in the crackpot all day or it will be totally dried out. Let me know if you try it!
I will try just about any recipe that is healthy and looks this good!
I hadn’t heard of Quinoa before. Your soup looks soooo good!
Oh, girl, you’ve got to get some quinoa in your life!! 🙂
Kristen Kelly says
We have been wanting to try adding quinoa into our diet. This recipe would be a great start!
This would be a great recipe to start with–familiar flavors with just a different texture!
Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen says
This is such a great idea to use quinoa in place of noodles in chicken soup! This soup looks so warm and comforting!
Thanks Kristine! I think I’ve made this 3 times in the last 3 weeks–it’s definitely been comforting for us. 🙂
I am seeing bone broth everywhere these days, and I am so glad; so good for you! I love the idea of making it in a slow cooker too. I wish I had a bowl of this in front of me right now : )
I’m wishing we had some right now, too! I think it’s time to make another batch. 🙂
Could you do a post on homemade bone broth/whole chicken in the slow cooker? Would love to make it!