Chicken & Quinoa Soup

Y’all…I’m totally obsessed with this soup.
My kiddos have been eating a lot of quiona lately, which is great since it’s a nutrition powerhouse…so, I added it to soup.  The other day, I decided to make kind of like a chicken and noodle soup in the slow cooker, but I used quinoa instead and it turned out beautifully!  
The best part?  This is a one pot meal…you put everything inside the slow cooker (even the quinoa!) and eight hours later, dinner is done!
So simple, so tasty, so full of protein…dinner done right!
Enjoy!
This recipe serves four adults.  Make sure you run your quinoa under cold water to rinse it off before using.  Rinse and then shake the excess water out before adding into soup.
Shopping List
1 pound of boneless/skinless chicken breast 
1 (10 oz) can cream of chicken soup
1 (14 oz) can of cream corn
1 1/2 cups of quinoa (rinsed and drained)
2 cups chicken stock
1 (1 oz) packet of ranch dressing seasoning mix (unprepared, just add in the packet)
salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups frozen corn
chopped green onions to garnish
Parmesan cheese to garnish
In your slow cooker, place the chicken breast (I used defrosted but you could add in frozen), cream of chicken soup, cream corn, quinoa, stock, packet of Ranch dressing mix and a big pinch of salt and pepper.  Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours or on high 3 to 4 hours.
About 30 minutes before you’re ready to eat, remove lid and shred chicken inside slow cooker using two forks.  Next, stir in your frozen corn and then add lid back to slow cooker and cook the remaining 30 minutes on high.
Remove lid, ladle into bowls and garnish soup with chopped green onion and Parmesan.
The quinoa cooks up beautifully in this soup!  This is a method I’m going to use over and over again!
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  • Narci October 22, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Oh my goodness!! This sounds amazing!!

  • Tonya Morris October 22, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    I have to try this! Quinoa is a fairly new addition to my diet, and I am loving it!!

  • Farm Quilter October 22, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Been trying to find recipes that sound good and use quinoa – this fits the bill completely!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Ashlea Patterson October 24, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Shay is it possible to make this without cream of chicken soup?

    • Mix and Match Mama October 24, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Absolutely! You can sub cream of mushroom or a second can of cream corn.

  • Michelle Miller October 29, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    This looks/sounds delicious! However, quinoa is a bit steep for my budget. If I substituted whole grain elbow macaroni, how much would I use?

    • Mix and Match Mama October 29, 2015 at 7:40 pm

      You wouldn't substitute with the macaroni, but you would omit the quinoa and then add the pasta in (I'd do 2 cups) about 30 minutes before you're ready to eat. The noodles will cook up right there at the end. Enjoy!

  • Michelle Miller October 29, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Thank you so much! I'm getting everything together right now. šŸ™‚

  • Page Zettlemoyer November 10, 2015 at 12:57 am

    So, if you forgot to rinse the quinoa, would that cause it to turn to mush? Asking for a friend… šŸ˜‰

  • Cathy Prell November 12, 2015 at 4:48 am

    I made this and it was so good! But there was SOOOO much quinoa!! Was I supposed to add 1 1/2 cups of COOKED quinoa? Because that stuff multiplied like crazy in my soup!! (eeek!)

    • Mix and Match Mama November 12, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      It's a thick soup! You add the quinoa in before it's cooked and it cooks in the slow cooker. It fluffs up as it cooks.

  • Tonya Morris November 12, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    I was wondering the same thing as Cathy. It was delicious, but it was like chicken and dressing. I did not have soup.

  • Mary December 3, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Made this for dinner tonight. Ended up adding about a cup of water when I added the frozen corn since it wasn't very wet. This makes a very thick soup, more like casserole consistency. Didn't need to add salt since the broth added enough salt.

  • Elizabeth Kruczek August 20, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Super delish and easy! When I made it I added frozen green beans in addition to the frozen corn.