Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup

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Well happy weekend! I’ve got a pretty busy few ‘days off’ this weekend {haha, ya right. Mom’s never get time off!} so I’ll make this short and sweet as best I can!

I have a delicious soup recipe to share with you all today…and it’s deceivingly healthy too 🙂

Friends, meet my latest creation: Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup.

It’s got lots of veggies, good protein from the chicken and whole grains {plus a little extra protein} from Kroger‘s Tri-Color Quinoa. This soup tastes savory and herby all with a little zing from the lemon. It’s really  just divine…which is saying a lot because {1} its soup I’m talking about and {2} it’s healthy.

Who am I? What have I become? THE HORROR.

If you don’t have quinoa on hand, feel free to use long grain brown rice or whole wheat pasta. Kroger has a good selection. Because I always shop at Fred Meyer {they have competitive prices and free childcare so you can collect your groceries in peace–>I KNOW!!!!} I typically always get Kroger brand. They make a great low calorie spaghetti that tastes great too. Any of these grains/add-ins I mentioned will do, you’ll just have to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

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If you’re at your local Kroger store, this is what the quinoa looked like that I used. Switching out processed food for whole grains is a small little thing we can wean ourselves onto slowly. That’s what the Little Victories campaign is all about! Read more about it in my first post here or a separate post here. And don’t forget to scroll down to enter for your chance to win a HUGE prize 😉 

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If you have 30-45 minutes this weekend, be sure to whip up a batch of this soup. It will fill your families’ tummies and is something you can feel totally comfortable feeding your loved ones.

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If you think you aren’t going to like this soup because of the lemon, let me tell you that you can adjust the level of zinginess.

Yes, that’s a word.

Start out with no lemon juice and the zest of half a lemon and work your way up to the level of lemony goodness you want. And that’s basically all there is to it! If you’re going to go through the effort to make dinner, it might as well be in the way you like it done…at least that’s my opinion for most things.
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Here’s the printable recipe…be sure to enter my huge Kroger giveaway too! Only a few days left until the grand prize winner is drawn 🙂 Woot!

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Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup

Yield: 6 servings

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cups peeled, chopped carrots
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon tarragon
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup Kroger tri-color quinoa, brown rice or spaghetti broken into pieces
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken*
  • 1 teaspoon chives

Directions:

  1. In large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute onion, carrot and celery for 5 minutes to soften. Pour in chicken stock, tarragon, salt, pepper and bay leaves. Bring to boil, pour in quinoa, brown rice or spaghetti and reduce heat to simmer and cook 20 minutes or until tender. Stir in lemon juice, zest, chicken and chives. Serve hot.

*If you don't have already cooked chicken, stick 2 uncooked chicken breasts into the hot broth while the quinoa is cooking. After 20 minutes, remove, shred and return to the pot.

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  1. My little victory today is getting in more steps – 11,528 to be exact!

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  2. This looks incredible. Very similar to Greek Lemon Soup! Cant wait to make it.

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  3. Looks amazing !

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  4. Sounds delicious and healthy! ! Added to my menu for this week. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Who would have thought a little Quinoa and lemon would have brought chicken soup to a whole new level, Delicious and Refreshing at the same time.

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  6. Who would have thought Quinoa and lemon would have brought chicken soup to a whole new level, Delicious and Refreshing at the same time. And it looks pretty to.

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  7. Looks yummy!!! I love anything with quinoa and veggies. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    • Looks amazing and delish! Thanks!

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  8. My little victory today was waking up early despite it being an off day to run errands and get everything finished early so I can enjoy the rest of the weekend with friends!

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  9. I finished my workout for the day.

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  10. I’m keeping up with my daily calories using an app and will be going for a 13 mile bike ride. I think I’ll also make this delicious sounding soup!

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  11. i woke up 😉

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  12. love lemon and chicken together! will be trying this!

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  13. I love this, Lauren! I’ve been craving chicken soup this week and you sold me on the lemon and quiona. Making it this weekend!!

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  14. My husband will love this! Looks great 🙂

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  15. Due to an illness, I am required to walk at least three times a week. This is my second walk. Even after my first walk, I was tired but felt I was starting something good for myself. I just have to say Lauren, the recipes, sharing your life with your kids and hubby with us on Facebook is uplifting. Thanks and keep it up!

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  16. My victory was finishing the laundry!

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  17. Anything with lemon has to be good. I love lemons!

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  18. Looks fantastic…!! Just printed will try tonight. Have all ingredients on hand.

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  19. Looks tasty. I love Kroger.

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  20. This sounds delicious and I will probably make it this week. We are in the process of moving from a very rural area in New Mexico to an area near Albuquerque which has the most wonderful Smiths grocery that is part of Krogers and it’s huge and amazing. So looking forward to shopping there.

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  21. Looks amazing !

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  22. Love Lemon Chicken (also called Chicken Picatta by Giada deLaurentiis), and am so excited to try in in soup form! Thanks!

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  23. I love this recipe! I have been looking for ways to cook with Quinoa and this is not so overwhelming! Thanks!

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  24. I will be making this soup today! Can’t wait, looks yummy!

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  25. My little victory for today was that I had a healthy lowfat pasta dish for lunch even though I am pregnant and had to come to work today while leaving the hubby and kids at home. Would have been easier to grab something to go, but bringing my lunch is much healthier!

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  26. I was looking for a new recipe to make this weekend and this fits the bill!

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  27. I MUST try this….this weekend! Yummmmm

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  28. My husband doesn’t usually like soup, but this is delicious!

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  29. My little victory for today was making homemade granola for my family.

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  30. Looks delish!

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  31. This sounds WONDERFUL!

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  32. very delicious. Didn’t have lemon so used (less) lime. Couldn’t find the tarragon in my mess of a spice cupboard, so used thyme. Nice complexity of flavors to complement the healthy vibe.

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  33. Made it and everyone loved it. I did add baby spinach as well. Best part is only 5 points per serving for Weight Watchers and loaded with “power foods”!

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  34. This soup looks yummy. Will definitely try it.

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  35. Hi, Lauren! I just subscribed to your site and love it. You’re so down home – easy going – good stuff – take your shoes awf kind of person. Somehow your having to do with Kroger seems to fit just right. This latest lemon/chicken/quinoa soup looks inviting – I’m looking forward to preparing it! Thanks!

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  36. What an exciting giveaway!! I’d love to win!

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  37. Looks so yummy! I just made soup for church today too bad I didn’t find this first!! Next Soup Bowl Sunday! 😉

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  38. I make a very similar chicken soup, but have never added quinoa, I’m definitely going to try it best time! My little victory this morning is that I get to sleep in and stay in bed for a few extra hours! Love that!

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  39. Looks delicious!!

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  40. My little victory today was waking up early to take care of my daughter’s puppy, even though I am sick! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  41. This soup looks so good. Will have to add it to my menu plan this week.

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  42. Yum! I am making this today for us to enjoy with our Super Bowl supper. Thank you for the recipe. Will post again to give honest opinion.

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  43. This is perfect – just what I was looking for. I love the Lemon Chicken Orzo at the Greek restaurants, and even Panera, and this looks amazing to make at home.

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  44. Lemon in soup this time of year is perfect! Great way to get your vitamin C.

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  45. This looks absolutely delicious and perfect for this blizzard we’re having in NW Indiana.

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  46. I never would have thought to make a chicken soup with quinoa…love it!

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  47. Looks wonderful, cannot wait to try it!!

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  48. This looks absolutely wonderful! I love all the ingredients in here… Only one question– did you use fresh or dried tarragon?

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