Chicken, Kale, and Quinoa Soup

Chicken, Kale, and Quinoa Soup Recipe
Photo: Raymond Hom; Styling: Pamela Duncan Silver
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We took four of the top recipe search categories from our website--chicken, kale, quinoa, and soup--and combined them into one tasty dish that we think will become your new favorite. Rinse the quinoa to ensure that any bitter coating is removed.


Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 2/3 cups soup and about 1 teaspoon bacon)
Total time: 59 Minutes

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Cooking Light

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 59 Minutes
Total: 59 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 262
Fat 6.2 g
Satfat 1.7 g
Monofat 1.4 g
Polyfat 1.6 g
Protein 26.6 g
Carbohydrate 26.3 g
Fiber 3.9 g
Cholesterol 77 mg
Iron 3.2 mg
Sodium 650 mg
Calcium 147 mg


4 center-cut bacon slices
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
3/4 cup chopped carrot
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
6 garlic cloves, minced
Cooking spray
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
6 cups unsalted chicken stock
2 bay leaves
2/3 cup uncooked quinoa
6 cups chopped kale
2 teaspoons thyme leaves


1. Cook bacon in a Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings. Crumble bacon; set aside.

2. Increase heat to medium-high. Add onion, carrot, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to drippings in pan; sauté 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Remove mixture from pan.

3. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Sauté 6 minutes or until chicken is browned and done. Stir in onion mixture, chicken stock, bay leaves, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper; bring to a boil.

4. Place quinoa in a fine sieve; place sieve in a large bowl. Cover quinoa with water. Using your hands, rub grains together for 30 seconds; rinse and drain. ­Repeat procedure twice. Drain well. Add quinoa to pan; cover and simmer 15 minutes. Add kale and thyme to pan; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes or until kale is tender. Discard bay leaves. Ladle soup into bowls; sprinkle with bacon.


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Ann Taylor Pittman,

Cooking Light

October 2013
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