Hearty Chicken and Quinoa Stew


Good Monday Morning friends! If I haven’t talked you into cooking with quinoa yet, this recipe for a hearty chicken and quinoa stew should do the trick. It is hearty and probably my favorite yet with quinoa. It is so comforting and best of all, it’s pretty darn good for you! I’m sad that my big bag of quinoa from Costco is almost gone, I have used it in a zillion different soups and salads. I’m sure there will be more quinoa recipes to come 🙂

Do yourself a favor this week and whip up a big pot of this feel good chicken and quinoa stew, your belly will thank you!! If this wasn’t good enough, I’ve added a not so bad for you dessert below too!



“Healthier” Banana Berry Brownies

1 Brownie Mix of choice, ( I used Naturally Nora’s All Natural Brownie Mix)

1 Banana, very ripe

6 oz fresh blueberries

Powdered Sugar for Dusting

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions except substitute 1 ripe mashed banana in place of the oil. Stir in fresh blueberries and pour into a lightly greased baking dish. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick comes clean from center. Let cool completely, cut into squares, dust with powdered sugar and serve.

12 brownies


Happy Eating 🙂  See ya’ll soon!

A bowl of hearty chicken stew with quinoa.

Hearty Chicken and Quinoa Stew

This easy chicken stew is loaded with hearty quinoa and healthy fresh vegetables. The best soup recipe to warm your bellies this winter!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 322kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 5 stalks celery chopped
  • 4 large carrots peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups sweet pepper chopped
  • 1 zucchini large, quartered and sliced
  • 64 oz chicken broth
  • 15 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • 5 Yukon Gold potatoes medium sized, scrubbed and cubed into 1 inch pieces
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts medium sized, cooked, shredded and lightly seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • Lawry’s Garlic Salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh parsley chopped


  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Saute onion, celery, carrots, peppers and zucchini until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in chicken broth and tomatoes and potatoes. Increase heat to high just until broth starts to boil.
  • Reduce to medium high and cook potatoes for 10 minutes or until fork tender.
  • Reduce heat to low and stir in quinoa, chicken, dijon mustard, hot sauce and season to taste with salt, pepper and Lawry’s.
  • Stir in fresh parsley and simmer until ready to serve.


Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 1102mg | Potassium: 1394mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 7364IU | Vitamin C: 114mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 4mg
Keywords: best quinoa recipes, easy soup recipe

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24 Responses
  1. Amber

    I was just wondering if you think this meal will freeze OK? And how to thaw it if I did freeze it. My hubs stayed home sick from work today, and so I found and made your recipe. I’ve been needing a reason to make real chicken soup. I’m not sure of the rules on freezing, but it’s just my husband and I so I’d like to save some of it for another day when one of us may be sick again. Let me know. It’s delish! Thanks!

  2. architektura wn&#281trz warszawa

    Thank you for writing this, it was quite handy and helped me quite a bit

  3. Michelle

    Made this stew today. It’s great! Thanks for sharing. I’m hoping that eating lots of this will cure my cold!

  4. Alli Elggren

    Jenny, I made this Quinoa Stew last night and you really knocked it out of the park with this one. I bought a big bag of quinoa a few weeks ago and was excited to make something with it, then I found this recipe. YUM! Ashlyn took it with her in a Thermos for lunch today because she loved it too. Thanks for the amazing, healthy recipe. It’s a keeper!!! Miss you and hope you & your family are doing well♥

  5. Cassandra Killingsworth

    The soup was so great! Thank you for taking your time to provide the recipes, I have used several and they are always wonderful!!!!

    1. Jenny

      So glad you enjoyed it Cassandra! This is one of my favorites, wish I had some for lunch right now! Have a wonderful day!

  6. Courtney

    Made this for dinner tonight…Marvelous!!! I also made the Sesame Orange Quinoa…not bad but like the soup a whole lot better! Keep the healthy recipes coming please!

  7. Scorpio Woman

    This bowl is beautiful. Which reminds me that I have to buy more bowls. Mine are boring for food photo. I’m keeping the recipe to try later 🙂

  8. Mikalisa

    Let’s just say that I went out and bought a box of quinoa. Lol. Going 2 have 2 make that stew soon! YUM-O.

  9. kara bagley

    Quinoa ROCKS! We love that stuff over here. It is so nice to have healthy options for picky eaters, even though mine aren’t I cook for plenty who are 😉

  10. sharon

    I think I’ve bookmarked all your quinoa recipes! I especially enjoy having a delicious but not so bad for you dessert to cap off a healthy meal. Well done!

  11. Krystle

    That soup looks delicious! I have yet to make quinoa but this might have done the trick. I always get a little intimidated cooking with stuff I am not familiar with.

  12. Meghan

    Your stew looks so comforting! Quinoa would be great in a soup/stew. Those brownies look so good – I love how you’ve added fruit 🙂

  13. Laura

    I LOVE your recipes. I am especially loving these healthy ones. Keep them coming. Thank you!!!!!! 🙂

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