Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup with Spinach

This lemon chicken quinoa soup is packed with fresh spinach leaves and has a bright, springy flavor. Use leftover or rotisserie chicken to make this soup a seriously quick and light meal.

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 243 kcal
Author Alyssa


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups water, plus 1-2 cups additional if needed
  • 1/2 tsp salt, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 tsp dried basil
  • 2 cups packed baby spinach leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • Juice of three lemons, or to taste*


  1. In a large saucepan set over medium-high heat, add olive oil, onion, carrots, and garlic. Let cook for 4-5 minutes, or until vegetables begin to soften, stirring a few times.
  2. Add quinoa, chicken broth, 3 cups of water, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, and dried basil and stir to combine. Cover the saucepan most of the way, leaving it vented a little bit, and bring soup to a simmer. Once simmering, reduce the heat to medium and cook for 10-12 minutes to allow quinoa to cook. You should notice the quinoa germ ring (that little squiggle) has separated from the kernel. Add additional water, up to 2 cups, if soup has thickened too much.
  3. Add spinach and chicken and stir. Cook for 5-7 minutes until spinach leaves are wilted and chicken is warm. Add lemon juice and stir.

Recipe Notes

*Start with the juice of two lemons and taste to ensure the soup is lemony to your liking. Three lemons worked perfectly with our taste buds!

When serving leftover portions, you may wish to add additional chicken broth/water and lemon juice if the quinoa absorbs a little too much of it and you'd like extra lemon flavor.

Soup recipe adapted from Food Network.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup with Spinach
Amount Per Serving
Calories 243 Calories from Fat 53
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.9g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 624mg 26%
Potassium 556mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 23.2g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3.1g 12%
Sugars 2.2g
Protein 23.8g 48%
Calcium 4%
Iron 15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.