Recipe: Herby Chicken Soup with Colorful Kale and Quinoa

In the spirit of enjoying lower calorie meals during the month of January, today I’m sharing this rustic chicken soup packed with herbs and an abundance of healthy greens.

But before we get started I need to announce the winner of last week’s Balance Bar giveaway. Congratulations to Wild Orchid who will be receiving a variety box of  delicious snacks from Balance Bar.

Chicken Quinoa Soup

Chicken Quinoa Soup

When it comes to work day lunches, a quiet corner with a bowl of soup is my lunch break of choice. You’ll find containers in my freezer of a variety of homemade soups like this chicken packed with savory herbs, or split pea soup with salty bacon.

Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup

I prefer soups hearty enough to stick with me the rest of the work day, so the office candy dish doesn’t start calling my name.

What I love best about soup recipes like this one, is that you can take these basic ingredients and switch them up with almost any protein or vegetable you have on hand. You could swap the turkey for chicken, or just serve the soup with quinoa to make a meat free meal. Zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower – you name it, you can add it to the pot.

There you are! Get cooking on Sunday so you can enjoy a warming lunch the rest of the week.

Have a terrific weekend everyone!


Herby Chicken Soup with Quinoa and Kale
Shake It Up! No time to chop and drop? You could easily swap a few bags of your favorite frozen vegetables into this chicken soup.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup leek , thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ cups carrots, sliced
  • 1 ½ cups celery, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 32 ounces low sodium chicken broth
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups chicken breasts, cooked and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon thyme, dried
  • 1 tablespoon oregano, dried
  • 1 cup parsley, chopped
  • 2 cups kale, chopped
  • 2 cups quinoa, cooked
  1. In a large stock pot over medium high heat add olive oil and leeks, carrots and celery. Cook for 5 - 8 minutes to soften. Add a little broth as needed to keep from burning.
  2. Add garlic, broth, water, cooked chicken, thyme, oregano and parsley. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 30 minutes until vegetables are almost tender.
  3. Add kale and quinoa and cook another 5 - 10 minutes until kale softens.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Food energy: 225kcal
Weight Watchers PointsPlus 5
Saturated fatty acids: 0.86g
Monounsaturated fatty acids: 2.28g
Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 0.78g
Total fat: 3.92g
Calories from fat: 35
Cholesterol: 39mg
Carbohydrate, by difference: 23.31g
Total dietary fiber: 4.43g
Protein: 21.11g
Total lipid (fat): 5.56g
Water: 550.14g
Ash: 3.86g
Total sugars: 2.94g
Calcium: 126mg
Iron: 4.02mg
Magnesium: 81mg
Phosphorus: 270mg
Potassium: 712mg
Sodium: 459mg
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6

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