Sunday, February 17, 2013

Salsa Chicken Soup with Spinach and Legumes

Yesterday there was a chill in the air and I just could not stay warm. I decided to make a pot of soup. I was looking for a new recipe that used a lot of spinach. I had a bunch of baby spinach I needed to use. This recipe from Taste of Home called Spiced-Up Healthy Soup looked different. I had almost all the ingredients. I had to make a substitution of brown rice for the pearl barley. It was surprising how good it was. Who knew spinach and cilantro go together. This soup is a little like chicken tortilla soup, but the rice, lentils and garbanzo beans give it a little more earthy flavor. In my opinion the original name does not describe it well enough. It should be called Salsa Chicken Soup with Spinach and Legumes. A much more appealing name for this healthy, low fat, and tasty soup.

Salsa Chicken Soup with Spinach and Legumes
Adapted from: Taste of Home recipe called Spiced-Up Healthy Soup
Makes: 14 Servings; (3-1/2 quarts)


1 medium onion, chopped
1/3 cup brown rice, uncooked
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons canola oil
8 cups chicken stock
1 cup water
1 large boneless skinless chicken breast
1 cup dried red lentils, rinsed
16 oz Pace chunky salsa mild
1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
8 cups fresh baby spinach


In a Dutch oven, saute onion and rice in oil until onion is tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the broth, water, chicken and lentils; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove chicken and set aside.

Add the salsa, garbanzo beans and cilantro to soup; cover and simmer 10 minutes longer or until rice and lentils are tender.

Shred chicken with two forks. Add spinach and chicken to soup. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until spinach is wilted.

Linking to:
Carole's Chatter: Food on Fridays: Lentils & Dried Pulses


  1. YUM! This sounds delicious! I came by via the social hop and I'm a new follower. Stop by P3 sometime!

  2. Hey, new follower from the GYB Blog Hop. This looks delicious! I love trying new recipes and make soup often at home. Can't wait to check out your blog some more! :)


    1. Thanks! Kristin, Glad to meet you. Thanks for coming by and following. Off to visit you now. Have a great weekend!

  3. Newest follower here! I found you through the blog hop. I love your blog, its super cute :)
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