Quinoa, Kale, and Chicken Soup

Quinoa, kale, chicken, and white beans combine in a hearty soup that serves as a healthy remedy to this bitterly cold winter.

Kale, Chicken, and Quinoa Soup

I know everyone is sick of hearing about how frigid it is this winter, so I’ll skip all the whining and jump straight in to talking about this soup. The soup contains all sorts of good-for-you ingredients, so there’s no guilt in indulging in a big bowl of it after shoveling the driveway for the third time in a week. Sorry, I said I wasn’t going to talk about the weather…

Kale, Chicken, and Quinoa Soup

It’s no surprise at all that we loved this soup. In fact, I’ve made it the past two Sunday nights for us to have to take in our lunches throughout the week. While kale and quinoa are two of my favorite ingredients, our friend Michelle despises both. I wish we still lived in Boston so I could bring her a bowl of this and hopefully change her mind about quinoa and kale.

Kale, Chicken, and Quinoa Soup

I adapted this from a crockpot recipe and just made it on the stovetop. If you want to see the crockpot version, be sure to click through to the original recipe.

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Quinoa, Kale, and Chicken Soup

Quinoa, kale, chicken, and white beans combine in a hearty soup that serves as a healthy remedy to this bitterly cold winter.

Yield: Serves 6-8

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

~1.5 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 small onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 leeks, chopped and thoroughly washed
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 spring rosemary, chopped
4 cans chicken broth
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1 can white beans (such as cannellini or great northern), drained and rinsed
1 bunch curly kale, chopped after removing ribs
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1.5 Tbsp lemon juice
salt and pepper for seasoning
shredded parmesan cheese for serving (optional)
bread for serving (optional)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degF.

Cut the chicken breasts in half and place on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Drizzle with a small amount of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper on both sides.

Put chicken in the oven and set the timer for 25 minutes.

While the chicken is cooking, heat a tablespoon of oil in a dutch oven or stock pot. Once the oil is hot, add the onion, celery, and leeks. Cook until the vegetables start to soften, 5-7 minutes. Add the rosemary and garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Add the chicken broth, quinoa, and beans. Set heat on high and cover with a lid. When the soup begins to boil, reduce heat to med-low and continue to simmer.

When the chicken is fully cooked, remove it from the oven and allow to cool a few minutes. Chop the chicken in to bite sized pieces.

Stir the chicken, kale, parsley, and lemon juice into the soup. Taste soup and season with salt and pepper if desired. Allow to cook another 2-3 minutes. Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with shredded parmesan cheese. Serve with crusty bread.

Recipe from Beantown Baker, inspired by Cooking Classy

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22 Responses to “Brasato al Barolo (Beef Braised in Wine)”

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — January 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    You are one lucky girl because that is an AWESOME anniversary gift! I only got a Le Creuset Dutch oven this past fall and I’ve mostly roasted with it with the cover off but I am totally going to get a replacement knob. Thanks for the tip!

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    Evan Thomas — January 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    My family would love this. When meat is cooked for that long in juice and seasoning the flavor is always incredible. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Bridget — January 18, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    What a perfect virgin use for your new Dutch oven! I love the addition of more vegetables too – what a great way to make this isn’t a one-dish balanced meal.

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    Megan — January 18, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    That looks perfect for this weather! I always use my cover with the black knob, and nothing bad has ever happened to it. I do wonder though if I’ve ever come across a recipe that requires me to cook something covered at a higher temp that 375 (I’m thinking it’s not likely). Such a great gift!

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    Caroline — January 18, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    I want to get a dutch oven just for something like this! What a wonderful anniversary gift! The beef looks melt-in-your mouth, and with a sauce made out of cabernet? To die for! Looks wonderful!

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    Jen — January 18, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Megan – I’ve seen a recipe for a nearly-no-knead bread that bakes at 450. But other than that, most things are cooked low and slow.

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    naomi — January 18, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    First off congrats on the anniversary milestone! This looks delicious. I’m bookmarking it now, since this definitely a recipe my family will love.

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    Shannon — January 18, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    what an awesome gift!! happy anniversary 🙂 i got a stainless steel knob, but haven’t yet exchanged it… what a great recipe, and i can just imagine how succulent that meat was!

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    EliFla — January 18, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Very good!!! Very very good!!! Hugs, ciao Flavia

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    Kimmy Bingham — January 18, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I’m definitely ordering the replacement knob for mine as well. Great idea. This dish looks perfect for the cold weekend we’re about to have!

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — January 19, 2011 at 4:07 am

    Your pictures are absolutely amazing. Seriously amazing. I want to lick my computer screen.

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    Stef at TooMuchToDoSoLittleTime.com — January 19, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Happy Anniversary! Congrats on a fantastic gift!! I only acquired my first Le Creuset oven last May. I’m addicted! I have several pieces (which you can see on my blog). I LOVE the way they cook. I have a friend who was trying so hard to convince me to buy one. I got a great sale at the Outlet! I rarely use my stainless pots and pans any more. I now have two different kinds of skillets, too. I absolutely love them!

    I have several recipes on my blog which I have cooked in my ovens. I cook my chili for four hours. The first time I made it my husband said it was the best chili I had ever made (we’ve been married 23 years! I also cooked Pioneer Woman’s pot roast with rosemary in it (also listed on my blog)… it was AWESOME!

    If you ever get anything on your enameled pot that you can get off… try Bar Keeper’s Friend. I wrote Le Creuset and they told me that its OK to use it. 😉

    I love all your recipes and can’t wait to see what you create in your new oven!

    Stef at TooMuchToDoSoLittleTime.com

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    Nutmeg Nanny — January 19, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    This looks great! I love my Le Creuset….it’s the best! You made a great dish to break it in…yum!

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    kitchenmisfit — January 20, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Oh man that looks TASTY! And such a great anniversary gift!

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    Julie (thelittlekitchen.net) — January 20, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Awesome, wonderful gift. I just won my first Le Creuset french oven and like you pondered what to make with it! Thanks for the idea of the stainless steel knob.

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    Paul — January 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    A tip on that replacement knob: just go to a hardware store and buy a stainless steel kitchen cabinet knob along with a washer and bolt to fit. Bring the lid with you to the store to check the fit. This is MUCH less expensive than a “Le Creuset” knob and works great.

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    wgfoodie — January 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    This sounds absolutely perfect for a cold winter night. And with temps in the teens this week, I am definitely adding this to the list!

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    Peggy — January 26, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Your mom is way thoughtful for getting you guys that for your anniversary! I absolutely adore my dutch oven and bring it out every chance I get! I may have to bring it out fairly soon to try this beef because it sounds absolutely delicious!

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    Ashley — January 27, 2011 at 2:45 am

    What a wonderful gift! And so great that you’ll put it to good use. Happy anniversary 🙂

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    a frog in the cottage — January 27, 2011 at 11:27 am

    absolutely delicious !!!! i wish i could grab some !!

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    Robyn — January 11, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    I keep coming back to this recipe! I just made it tonight for the in-laws and I think they might let me stay in the family. ALWAYS delicious 🙂

    • beantownbaker — January 12th, 2014 @ 2:54 pm

      Isn’t it delicious? Especially in this cold weather. Glad you guy enjoy it.

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