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Best mash-up of all your favorites.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.

Recipe by Cooking Light October 2013

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Credit: Raymond Hom; Styling: Pamela Duncan Silver

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hands-on:
59 mins
total:
59 mins
Yield:
Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 2/3 cups soup and about 1 teaspoon bacon)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Chef's Notes

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Nutrition Facts

262 calories; fat 6.2g; saturated fat 1.7g; mono fat 1.4g; poly fat 1.6g; protein 26.6g; carbohydrates 26.3g; fiber 3.9g; cholesterol 77mg; iron 3.2mg; sodium 650mg; calcium 147mg.
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