by Olena

Lime Quinoa and Chicken Soup

by Olena

5 from 1 reviews

Lime Quinoa and Chicken Soup Recipe made healthy with whole chicken, salsa verde, jalapeño and corn. | ifoodreal.com

This quinoa and chicken soup is a Mexican version of North American chicken soup with fresh lime, jalapeños, cilantro, and is served with multigrain tortilla chips. If you are looking for traditional chicken soup, try my grandma’s slow cooker chicken noodle soup or chicken noodle vegetable soup.

As I was preparing the soup, it wasn’t in my plans to post it on the blog at this time. But it came out so good, I didn’t have to test it again. Warning: the recipe makes a lot, uses whole chicken and makes a large batch of chicken stock as well. It’s more of a meal type of soup, like my chicken, rice and mushroom soup, and that’s what I like. You can easily cut the recipe in half or freeze the leftovers (my preference).

Lime Quinoa and Chicken Soup Recipe made healthy with whole chicken, salsa verde, jalapeño and corn. | ifoodreal.com

Organic chicken breasts can be pricey therefore I always buy a pack of 2 whole chickens at Costco and make soup. I remove the skin completely (very easy) and trim all fat. Then add chicken to a large pot, cover with cold water, bring to a boil and cook skimming the foam occasionally. Then I transfer the chicken stock to plastic containers, let them cool and freeze.

After, I fill the pot (with cooked chicken in it) with cold water again and then make this soup. The broth was fatty and flavourful enough even the second time. Then I remove all bones, shred the meat, and add quinoa, veggies and spices.

Lime Quinoa and Chicken Soup Recipe made healthy with whole chicken, salsa verde, jalapeño and corn. | ifoodreal.com

Spicy chicken broth with sweet bits of corn and zesty lime juice, the whole family “inhaled” this soup in 1.5 days. Everyone enjoyed adding multigrain or organic tortilla chips on top and kids didn’t complain one bit. It was perfect amount of spice for them but you can adjust it to your own taste. I definitely didn’t have to worry about lunch the next day or my balanced meals of lean protein, complex carbs and healthy fats. Enjoy and let me know how you like it!

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Lime Quinoa and Chicken Soup

5 from 1 reviews

Lime Quinoa and Chicken Soup Recipe made healthy with whole chicken, salsa verde, jalapeño and corn.

  • Author: ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 13 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 medium whole chicken (45 lbs), skin and fat removed
  • 1 small onion, peeled
  • 34 bay leaves
  • 57 peppercorns
  • Cold water, enough to cover the chicken
  • 1/2 cup tomatillo salsa
  • 3/4 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 cups corn, frozen (unthawed)
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded & minced
  • 1 + 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 lime, juice of
  • Cilantro & extra lime for serving

Instructions

  1. To make chicken stock (optional): Add chicken, onion, bay leaves and peppercorns to a large pot and add cold water enough to cover the chicken. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and cook for 1 hour, skimming the foam occasionally. Transfer chicken stock to plastic containers, let them cool and freeze.
  2. To make the soup: Fill the pot (with cooked chicken in it) with cold water again, bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and cook for 30 minutes. Discard onion, bay leaves and peppercorns. Transfer chicken to a large plate, remove the bones, shred and return to the pot. Add salsa, quinoa, corn, cumin, jalapeño and salt. Cook for 20 minutes or until quinoa is cooked. Add lime juice and adjust any spices if desired. Serve hot with extra cilantro, lime and tortilla chips.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw on a stovetop covered on low.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. I made exactly as per the recipe…except I did not do two broths…just used the original. .very good indeed and my daughter asked for more.

  2. This sounds so delish! I definitely will try. But I’m just wandering, so you put the hot chicken into clean cold water…does that toughen the chicken or does it still come out tender? Thank you!

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