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Chicken Pumpkin Quinoa Chowder


  • Author: Cassie Johnston
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8

Description

Pumpkin isn’t just for sweet recipes! This savory Chicken Pumpkin Quinoa Chowder is hearty, creamy, and oh-so-comforting.


Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 12 cups water
  • 1 medium pie pumpkin, peeled, seeds removed, and cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken in a large Dutch oven or soup pot, cover with water, bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and boil until chicken is cooked through, about 25 minutes.
  2. Remove chicken from the water, and let cool to touch. Once cool, remove meat from the bones and shred.
  3. Meanwhile, add the pumpkin, onion, quinoa, celery, carrots, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and sage to the stockpot and bring back to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer until the pumpkin is tender, about 20 -25 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken, spinach, half and half, and pumpkin puree to the soup, simmering until everything is heated through, about 5 -7 minutes.
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