Fast and Easy Chicken Quinoa Soup

A couple of weeks ago I asked you all on Facebook to vote for which recipe you wanted us to share next. The two options were:

A quick Chicken Quinoa soup made in a pressure cooker
-OR-
A 9 grain pancake that used lots of food storage

The soup won the vote, so here we are! I’ll share the pancake one next :)

I love to use my electric pressure cooker for quick meals, and a lot of different soups. In fact the electric pressure cooker is one of our favorite tools to use to rotate a LOT of of food storage items. If you want to see a lot of our favorite food storage tools, we shared them in a post here.

I love to make this soup when I have leftover quinoa. Quinoa is a great grain that is high in protein. I store a lot of it in my food storage and use it often times instead of brown rice, or to extend my meat, or in salads and soups. If I know I have quinoa I need to use, and at least a couple frozen chicken breasts, I make this soup real fast, and it feels like a treat. It’s super healthy, and super tasty!

Ingredients:

2-3 chicken breasts
3-4 celery stalks with leaves diced (or 1/2 cup of freeze dried celery)
4 carrots diced
1 small onion diced
3 cloves garlic, or minced garlic
10 peppercorns
1 tablespoon salt
Handful of fresh parsley if you have it on hand OR use dried herbs.
You can also add a teaspoon of sage, rosemary, thyme or any other spices you like.
6 cups of water

1-2 cups of leftover quinoa

Directions:

Add all the first ingredients to your pressure cooker except your leftover quinoa, and cook on high for 15 minutes (I throw in frozen chicken breasts). Select natural pressure release, and your chicken will be so tender it will fall right apart for you. After the pressure is released, add 1-2 cups of cooked quinoa and heat up on the simmer option right in the pressure cooker. Add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

More about Pressure Cookers

Electric Pressure Cooker:
An electric pressure cooker is great for cooking dry beans, brown rice, and a variety of other foods that usually take much longer to cook. We’re talking from dry to cooked beans in an hour or less! It’s awesome. You can also use this for cooking a variety of meals in a hurry. We both use and love the Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker.

You may remember some of our posts that we have done where we talk about our electric pressure cooker: