Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup

Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup (GF, DF, EF)

Lemon Chicken Quinoa SoupDespite the recent snowstorms wrecking havoc in Boston, I managed to fly in and out for a quick trip with no delays! It was great to be home with mom’s cooking. We even tried out a new recipe: Kelly Nixon’s Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup.

We were excited about this recipe because it is gluten free and doesn’t contain any of my allergens. Additionally, the quinoa doesn’t absorb all the broth because Kelly adds it when serving the soup! We’ll be using this new trick in future recipes too.
Now, I love heavy soups in the winter to warm me up, especially chili. And, while this soup happens to have a light and refreshing broth, it remains filling due to the addition of quinoa. Without further ado, here’s the recipe!

Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup


  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes (14.5 oz.), fire-roasted preferred
  • 2 cups of chicken, shredded
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 2 tsp thyme leaves
  • 2 cups quinoa


  1. Place olive oil In a medium-size pot over medium-high heat. Sauté onion and carrots for 3-5 minutes until the onion is translucent and fragrant.

  2. Next, add the garlic and cook for one minute. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

  3. Add the chicken broth and tomatoes to the pot, and bring to a low simmer. Place the lid on the pot, and cook for ten minutes (or until carrots are tender).

  4. While waiting on the carrots, cook the quinoa according to the directions on the box.

    Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup
    Cook the quinoa separate from the broth!
  5. Turn off the burner and stir in the chicken, peas, lemon zest, lemon juice, and thyme to the broth. You may add more salt and pepper to taste. Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup

  6. For each person, add 1/2 cup cooked quinoa to their bowl and then ladle the soup over the top.

    Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup
    First, add the quinoa!

    Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup
    Then, add the broth!
  7. Enjoy!Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup

Tips & Tricks

  • If you want to save some for leftovers, do not add the quinoa. Store the broth and quinoa separately, and combine when serving as described above.
  • For those of you who are vegan (or vegetarian), you can simply take the chicken out of this dish.

Recipe Adapted From Kelly Nixon, who was on the fourth season of the Food Network Star.

I’m excited to bring this dish to Fiesta Friday over at the Novice Gardener. This weekend, I’ll be enjoying some of my other favorite soups, such as Roasted, Curried, Butternut Squash, as I return to the Colorado mountains.

Hope y’all have a wonderful weekend!

30 thoughts on “Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup (GF, DF, EF)

  1. OHHHH you’re a lucky ducky that you were able to avoid any delays in Boston, good for you! I thought we would have bad luck at the Boston airport too last month but we just barely made it in before one of our many storms came through! This soup looks SO good and is perfect for all of this cold weather, soup and me are BFF’s right now 😉

    1. So lucky! I’m so glad to hear that you made it in and out as well. Soup is probably my favorite winter treat too! Although, I’m finally getting to the end of my love of chili for the season. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend and Valentine’s Day! 😀

    1. Thanks! I liked it to mix up my winter soups. The lemon definitely gives it a bit of a refreshing bite compared to the heavier soups I tend to make in the winter. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  2. What a vibrant, fresh soup! I find myself adding lemon juice to nearly everything I cook, but I especially enjoy it in soups. Thanks for the tip on leftovers too . . . I imagine the quinoa would get watered down to shreds! Thanks for bringing to the party this week!

    1. Thanks for the happy thoughts! I love the texture of quinoa. And, since you add it so late, it holds its own and makes a nice addition to the soup. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. 😀

    1. Thanks, Johanne! I was really lucky with my flights, especially since they were booked long before the storms were predicted! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. 🙂

  3. Quinoa immediately adds the filling and the health quotient to any dish. Adding it to the soup sounds like a fantastic idea. The lemon and tomatoes in the soup add the tang to it. I am drooling already 🙂

    1. Nope! Typically if you add quinoa to the soup it absorbs all the broth. However, here you add the quinoa as you serve the soup, so it maintains its consistency. Of course, it’s not as crunchy as always, but it’s definitely not “soggy” by any means. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, and thanks for stopping by Aunt JuJu! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Amber! I’m sure you could just use the lemon juice. I always use freshly squeezed lemon juice, so it’s easy to add the lemon zest. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend! 😀

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