Chicken Vegetable & Quinoa Soup – Gluten Free

by Sharon on November 10, 2014

Chicken Vegetable Quinoa Soup - GF

Sometimes you just need a little chicken soup, if you know what I mean. The weather is getting blustery, I’ve been more travelling than usual, the days are darker and shorter, I’ve been sick … all very good reasons to dig out the soup pot and get some warmth and comfort.

I was inspired by Chelsea’s homemade chicken noodle soup. As soon as I saw her post I knew chicken soup of some kind was in my future. There is something therapeutic about a piping bowl of brothy goodness.

Chicken Vegetable Quinoa Soup - GF

My attendance record at school was really good. My mom prided herself on us not only getting to school on time but going every day. She would even schedule dentist appointments during our lunch hour so we wouldn’t miss any time. However, things like the chicken pox happened and the flu happened, so there were times when there was no way we could go to school. Those days were spent on the couch, blanketed with a hand knit afghan, and sipping chicken soup. I watched the Price is Right.

Is it weird that I really look back fondly at being sick? 😉

Chicken & Vegetable Quinoa Soup - GF


So onto the soup. Bonus? It’s super quick and easy. The base is the golden trio of onions, carrots and celery.

Chicken Vegetable Quinoa Soup - GF

I also added in the immune boosting goodness of fresh minced garlic. That should kick this cough I’ve been fighting in the butt! Toss in the chicken, cover it with broth and let the whole thing bubble up nice.

Some fresh parsley and a big ole scoop of quinoa completes the picture.

Chicken Vegetable Quinoa Soup - GF

Don’t forget to rinse those seeds though, people! If you didn’t know, quinoa has this soapy tasting coating on it and soapy’s no good in this soup. Or anything for that matter. Rinse it good.

Chicken Vegetable Quinoa Soup - GF

Treat yourself to some coziness this Fall. Any chicken soup will do. 🙂

Chicken Vegetable Quinoa Soup - GF

Serves 4 large

Chicken Vegetable & Quinoa Soup – Gluten Free
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • ½ cup dry quinoa, rinsed
  • sea salt & fresh pepper


  1. Set a large soup pot over medium low heat with the olive oil and butter
  2. Once the butter has melted, add the onion, carrots and celery, season with sea salt & pepper and sauté until soft. About 10 minutes. Add in the garlic and dried thyme and stir for another minute
  3. Add in the broth and the chicken breasts and bring everything to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 30 minutes
  4. Remove chicken breasts from the liquid and shred with a knife and fork. Return the shredded chicken to the pot.
  5. Pour in the dried quinoa and fresh parsley and cook for another 10 minutes


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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen November 12, 2014 at 1:00 pm
Yum! I love the idea to add quinoa instead of noodles. I miss the days of being sick as a kid/teen too! I would always watch Dawson Creek reruns on TBS haha.
Sharon November 12, 2014 at 2:23 pm
I'm actually slurping up the last bowl of this as I type. Still so good, especially on a shitty day like today. Pardon my French Canadian. ;)
Lauren November 12, 2014 at 2:57 pm
Yes, yes, and yes, you are always writing about things that make me sit back and nod my head while reading. I too remember fondly days of being sick and watching TPIR, except my mom was none too good at getting me to school on time or in general, lol. This soup looks awesome, by the way! :)
Sharon November 12, 2014 at 10:03 pm
Thanks Lauren! Funny what you relate to, isn't it? I miss Bob Barker. ;)
Debbie November 15, 2014 at 9:26 pm
Loved the quinoa! Used 2 boxes of chicken stock and 4 cups water! Cut up a whole chicken and took off skin and as much fat as possible! Added one whole green pepper cut and seeded. Followed this recipe along by my tweeks! Really good!
Sharon November 15, 2014 at 11:09 pm
Sounds delicious, Debbie! I love your version. Isn't the quinoa so good in an old fashioned chicken soup?
Leni K. December 1, 2016 at 8:11 pm
Do I need to cook the quinoa beforehand for it to expand or just throw it in?
Sharon December 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm
Hey Leni! No need to cook it first. Just give it a good rinse and throw it on it. :) Have a great weekend!
Gianna Z December 11, 2016 at 8:50 am
You cook the chicken breasts before you add them to the broth right?? This might be a stupid question but just checking! Can't wait to make this tonight!
Sharon December 11, 2016 at 1:19 pm
Hey Gianna! You don't need to cook the chicken first. They will cook when you simmer them in the broth. I hope you enjoy! :)

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