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Chicken Quinoa Soup (Crock Pot)

I’ve set an unofficial New Year’s resolution.  Unofficial, because I decided on it a few weeks before Christmas and put it into action early.  Also unofficial because there are no real guidelines.  Here it is:

I want to be that kind of person.  (The good kind of that girl).

I want to be the one who sends cards, notes, and gifts to her friends and family via snail mail. I’ve sent a couple of cards since I decided this, and it just feels good.  Two of my sisters have always been really good about sending notes, and it makes my day to see a card from one of them pop up in the mail.  I want to make people’s days.  I’m gonna stock up on cute notecards and patriotic stamps.  I want the people who are special in my life to know that I think they are special.

You’re special, by the way.  I probably just don’t have your address.

Speaking of notes, I need to start with some thank you notes first, then I can get down to the unexpected notes.

As for recipes, I’ve got an easy one for you.


Chicken Quinoa Soup (Crock Pot)

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 6-8 stalks celery, diced
  • 6-8 carrots, diced
  • 2 chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 T Cajun spice seasoning
  • 1 t smoked paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 C dried split peas (I used yellow, but green is fine)
  • 1/2 C quinoa, rinsed
  • 6 C low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 C water
  • salt and pepper to taste


This was a lazy Crock Pot meal.

I lightly sprayed the Crock Pot with vegetable oil, then I combined all the ingredients, set the Crock Pot to low for 6 hours, and went to bed.


Woke up the next morning with lunch ready to go.


Seriously.  I added the salt and pepper the next morning to make sure it was to my liking.


I started this recipe out with the intention of having a classic chicken noodle soup, but then decided to substitute quinoa for noodles and add a little spice.  It definitely made for a nice change of pace!


I didn’t intend to blog it, either (that’s why there’s no preparation photos), but it turned out nice so I decided to go for it.

I had this soup ready for Fritz after I picked him up from the airport (he was visiting his parents in Canada for a week after Christmas), and he loved it.  He’s always a big fan of soups when he’s hungry–he says (without fail) that he can feel it going “straight to his bones”.


And I know exactly what he means by that.

(Also.  I made a salad with brussel sprouts yesterday and it is coming your way real soon.  This salad is de-and-mean-DE-licious).

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  1. Cathey

    This is perfect! (well, except I need to go get some carrots and onions!) I was looking for a crockpot recipe with chicken and quinoa because I, also, had set out to make chicken noodle soup but thought quinoa would be better! ha! Thank you so much!

    Oh and, btw, my News Years resolution is to “bitch less and spend more time looking for solutions.” So far, not too bad!

    Thanks again for providing an “immediate” answer to my search! <3

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      that sounds like a perfect resolution! i like it!

  2. Carrie @ Frugal Foodie Mama

    I love quinoa and I love slow cooker recipes, so I LOVE this! :) Found you through foodbuzz.

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      Glad to have you!

  3. Candice

    Hi Lauren,
    I love quinoa and chicken. This soup looks delicious.
    I don’t have a crock pot at home. Can this soup be made with a regular pot? If so, do I have to attend to the soup?


  4. Candice

    Yum! I love quinoa and chicken. Can this soup be made with a regular pot? If so, do I need to attend to the pot? I don’t own a crock pot.

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      yep–it’ll go much faster in a regular pot. I’d brown the onions, veggies, etc, add the chicken and cook that, then add the quinoa/broth until fully cooked. It’ll probably taste better than the CrockPot version. I use the Crock Pot only out of necessity/laziness.

  5. Stephanie

    Looks delicious! Use cooked or raw chicken?

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      I used raw but I don’t think it makes a huge difference if you want to go the extra step of cooking it first, go ahead!

      1. Stephanie

        One more question – how many servings would you say in one pot? Thanks!

  6. Alyssa | Queen of Quinoa

    This recipe looks absolutely delicious! I found it on FoodGawker (awesome photos too!) and couldn’t help but click on it. I’ve loved adding quinoa to my soups this winter – it not only adds nutrients, but a great texture as well.

    I’m hosting a Quinoa link up party on my site, Queen of Quinoa, and would love for you to enter this recipe if you’d like :)

    The event is called Thank Goodness It’s Quinoa (TGIQ) and is hosted bi-weekly. You can visit this weekend’s here:


    Hope to see you there! And thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!

  7. Susie

    Lauren, I made this soup in my crock pot yesterday, and it is delicious! Don’t even need to cube the chicken first, just put it in and it shreds nicely after 6 hours. Just added a bit of grated parmigiano-reggiano and a bit of chopped Italian parsley when serving, and Yum! Thanks for the great recipe!

  8. monica

    thank you so much for the recipe!

    i made it tonight using my french oven on the stovetop. i sautéed the onions and celery and garlic first. i added some already cooked rotisserie chicken that i’d frozen. then i added all the ingredients except the quinoa. i cooked it for 30 minutes (simmering) and then added the quinoa for another 30 minutes.

    i did have to add an extra 2 cups of liquid along the way, but that’s because i added a bit more peas and quinoa. i just wanted to post in case others were wondering what to do if they’re not using a crockpot.

    great meal…everyone loved it!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      thanks for giving your version!

  9. lyndsay

    Do you have to cook the quinoa before you add it to the crock pot? Looks tasty!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      nope! just make sure there’s enough liquid to make up for it–and definitely rinse it first!

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