Mimi Avocado’s Chicken Quinoa Soup with Broccoli




We are finally having some cooler weather after a month of summer weather in January.  It’s a welcome relief to be able to make some good homemade chicken soup with healthy quionoa and broccoli.   This is the real thing…with fresh rosemary from the garden  and a dash of cayenne pepper.   I started cooking the soup last night,  and finished it on top of the stove this morning.   You can use leftover cooked chicken too, adding the broth, quinoa,  vegetables and seasoning to transform your leftover chicken into tummy-warming soup!   Serve with sliced avocado on top!

Mimi Avocado’s Chicken Quinoa Soup with Broccoli

1 package of boneless, skinless chicken thighs

2 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp onion powder

2 teaspoons fresh or dried rosemary

2 cups water

2 tsp. butter

1 head of celery, washed and chopped

5 carrots, peeled and chopped

32 oz container of low-sodium chicken broth3/4 cup pre washed quinoa

1 large broccoli crown, cut into small pieces

dash of cayenne pepper (optional)


Brown the chicken thighs in a stock pot and add the water, garlic powder,  onion powder and rosemary.

Cover and cook until the chicken is tender and falling apart.

In a skillet, sautee the celery and carrots until soft, and add to the chicken.

Pour the  chicken broth into the pot with the chicken and vegetables, add the quinoa and cook for at least 15 minutes.

Just before serving, cut the broccoli into florets and add to the hot soup.   Wait 5 minutes for the broccoli to cook in the hot soup.

Sprinkle a little cayenne pepper into the soup and serve.



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  1. This looks delightful! With the rain that’s settled in for a few days and a house full of winter colds, this may be just what we need.
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  2. It’s so cold lately, I’ve been making a lot of soup.

    Barley in soup? Yes. Rice in soup? Yes. Quinoa in soup? No, I’ve never tried it!

    I am a big fan of quinoa. It has such amazing nutritional benefits and it’s also delicious. I’m pretty excited to add it in to my next pot.
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  3. Oh Mimi,
    What a beautiful soup,! Love the quinoa addition-so healthy!
    Soup weather has finally arrived and we all love the rain…

  4. Yummy! And looks easy, too! 😀

    Yay for the SITS Girls for organizing an event which helped me to discover your blog!

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  5. This looks great for the cold days here in Germany!
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  6. Looks so good!! I need to learn more soup recipes!
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  7. This looks absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to try it…I never thought of putting quinoa in my chicken soup. I pinned it so I have it handy. With all the chilly weather we’ve had lately, I’ve been making a ton of soup…tonight we’re having black bean soup. 🙂 Happy to connect via #sitsblogging!
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  8. This looks tasty and healthy. I love avocados and eat them plain for a snack. 🙂

  9. That sounds like the most fabulous recipe. I’ve never put quinoa in soup but it seems so obvious here. How fantastic to live on an avocado ranch, Lucky you! Great to connect thru SITS
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  10. I love making chicken soup for the family, especially with this extra cold weather we’ve been experiencing. I haven’t tried quinoa before, but I’m willing to give it a go.
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  11. It looks lovely, and I like the ingredients. They sound very healthy. Way better than a fat Big Mac!

  12. This soup sounds perfect for the cold weather around here. I like soups and my family enjoys them at least once a day.
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  13. This is a recipe that I would love. Thank you for sharing, I will have to make it 🙂
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  14. I have been on a soup kick and this looks like a simple and filling recipe to try. I have only tried quinoa once and made a mess of it. Looks like I’m giving it another go!
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  15. Oh yummy!! I should not be reading this when I am so hungry! I am always looking for good Quinoa recipes. I just pinned so I can make for dinner one night this week. Thanks for sharing!!

  16. Mmmm, this looks fantastic! And I love the protein that quinoa has and the starchy taste. Plus broccoli? This is a fantastic recipe! And lucky you that your weather has been nice, we’re living in the arctic lately so a new soup recipe definitely hits the spot!
    xo ~kim & chloe @ popcosmo.com
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  17. Hi Mimi! Stopping by from SITSgirls. I love learning new ways to use quinoa. We’ve definitely had soup weather where I live so I appreciate you sharing this recipe.
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  18. This looks great! I love a good soup! I’ve never tried quinoa before though. Foreign ingredients make me nervous lol

  19. I agree with Michelle, that looks delicious!

    We often use quinoa as a side dish, I’ve never thought about putting it in soup either!
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  20. Your soup looks absolutely delicious. I pinned it for later. I’m following you on social media (FB, Instagram, and Twitter), I look forward to seeing what else is happening on the farm and cooking in your kitchen.
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  21. Oh this looks GOOD! My hubby is a big soup fan, so this recipe looks like one we need to try! SOON!
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  22. That looks so yummy. I love avocado but never quite know what to do with it. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
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  23. That soup looks soooo good! I am SO happy we finally got some cooler weather, definitely puts me in the mood for comfort food 😉

  24. This looks really yummy. I’ve never actually made soup, I mean like really made soup…that didn’t 100% come directly out of a can. I’d like to try making this for my family…we’re all canned soup eaters. Lol.
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  25. This recipe sounds amazing. Can’t wait to try it!
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  26. Hello popping in from SITSGirls Comment Love Tribe and feeling rather pecking for this soup. My first taste of Quinoa was when I climbed Machu Pichu. This stuff is amazing and keeps you going. xo

  27. That soup looks so good. I bet it’s super yummy and I love that you added brocholi I never thought of adding it to soup before. I’ll have to give it a try.
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  28. Yum! My husband is nuts for quinoa and he would love this! Thanks for sharing!
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  29. I haven’t tried quinoa yet but that combination looks delish! Thanks for sharing it! Visiting from SITS.

  30. This looks amazing! I’m saving the recipe for later.

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