Chicken Quinoa Soup

This chicken quinoa soup is loaded with energizing bites of chicken breast, protein-packed quinoa, and plenty of fresh vegetables, cooked in a rich chicken broth seasoned with red pepper flakes.

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  • 1 tbsp avocado oil

    4 oz diced chicken breast

    1 small onion, diced

    1 clove garlic, minced

    ½ tsp red pepper flakes

    1 bay leaf

    4 cups chicken broth

    ¾ cup quinoa

    5 cups shredded kale

    1 tbsp lemon juice

    ½ tsp each sea salt and ground black pepper

    pinch red pepper flakes, if desired


1. In a medium saucepan on medium, heat avocado oil. Sauté chicken until cooked, 6 minutes; transfer to a plate. To same pan, add onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.

2. Add garlic, red pepper flakes and bay leaf and cook 30 seconds more.

3. Add chicken broth and quinoa; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is tender.

4. Return chicken to pan; add kale, lemon juice, sea salt and ground black pepper. Heat just until kale is tender, 4 minutes. Sprinkle with pinch red pepper flakes, if desired.