Chicken, Quinoa and Kale Soup with Bacon

If you thought this sounds like Cooking Light threw together all the trendy ingredients randomly into one recipe, you’d essentially be accurate (they admitted as much in the magazine). In general, I thought this was fine, but not particularly exciting. The carrot flavor was pretty pronounced. I’d store the quinoa separately in the future because it sops up so much liquid.

quinoasoup

  • 4 center-cut bacon slices
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 6 cups unsalted chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2/3 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 6 cups chopped kale
  • 2 teaspoons thyme leaves

Cook bacon in a Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings. Crumble bacon; set aside.

Increase heat to medium-high. Add onion, carrot, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to drippings in pan; sauté 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Remove mixture from pan.

Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Sauté 6 minutes or until chicken is browned and done. Stir in onion mixture, chicken stock, bay leaves, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper; bring to a boil.

Place quinoa in a fine sieve; place sieve in a large bowl. Cover quinoa with water. Using your hands, rub grains together for 30 seconds; rinse and drain. ­Repeat procedure twice. Drain well. Add quinoa to pan; cover and simmer 15 minutes. Add kale and thyme to pan; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes or until kale is tender. Discard bay leaves. Ladle soup into bowls; sprinkle with bacon.

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