Simple Lemony Chicken & Spring Veggie Soup with Quinoa & Fresh Basil

Yield: Serves about 4


2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 leek, quartered, white part sliced

2 carrots, peeled and diced small (if you can find multi-colored carrots, those are beautiful)

2 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press


Black pepper

1 teaspoon herbs de Provence

4 cups chicken stock, hot

1 cup fresh English peas (or frozen peas)

1 cup baby zucchini, small dice

2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded or cubed (you can use rotisserie chicken for convenience)

2 teaspoons lemon zest

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 cups cooked quinoa

¼ cup chopped, fresh basil leaves

4 lemon wedges, garnish


1. Place a medium-large soup pot over medium heat; add in the butter and olive oil, and once melted, add in the sliced leek and diced carrots, and sweat for about 3-5 minutes, or until slightly tender and the leeks are becoming translucent.

2. Add in the garlic, and once that becomes aromatic, add in a pinch or two of salt and pepper, and the herbs de Provence; stir to combine.

3. Next, add in the hot chicken stock, and bring to a gentle simmer; cover partially with a lid, and cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until carrots are tender.

4. Turn the heat off; add in the English peas (or frozen peas), the diced baby zucchini, the shredded or cubed chicken breast, and the lemon zest and juice; stir to combine, and allow the peas/zucchini to become crisp-tender and bright green in the hot stock, about 3-4 minutes; check to see if additional salt or pepper is needed.

5. To serve, add about ½ cup of the cooked quinoa to a bowl, and ladle some of the soup with the veggies and chicken over top; sprinkle over some of the fresh basil, and squeeze in some additional lemon juice from the lemon wedge garnish, if desired.