Chicken Albondigas Soup

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Total Time: 30 min

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Nutrition Facts

Nutrition information
per serving

Calories 370
Total Fat 18g
Saturated Fat 4.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 100mg
Sodium 850mg
Total Carbs 25g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 32g
Potassium 1480mg

Vitamin A 288 mcg; Vitamin C 28 mg; Calcium 68 mg; Iron 3 mg; Vitamin D 0 mcg; Folate 58 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.23 g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 30%; Vitamin C 30%; Calcium 6%; Iron 15 % ; Vitamin D 0%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

In Spanish-speaking countries, albondigas means meatballs. Typically, albondigas are something that your grandmother makes. This easy chicken avocado soup recipe brings together flavors from South America and the United States from cilantro to California Avocado. It is also packed with 32 g of protein and offers an excellent source of fiber, vitamin A, B2, B5, B6, B12, C, K and potassium.

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Serves: 4

For the Meatballs 1 lb. ground chicken 3/4 cup cooked brown rice (1/4 cup dry) 1/4 cup diced red onion 1/4 cup diced green bell pepper 1/2 tsp. sea salt 1/4 tsp. black pepper For the Soup 1/2 green bell pepper, sliced 1/2 red onion, sliced 8 cups low sodium chicken broth 3 celery stalks, sliced 1 cup carrots, sliced 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1/2 tsp. sea salt, or to taste 1/2 tsp. black pepper 1 ripe, Fresh California Avocado, peeled, seeded and sliced
  1. In a medium bowl, add the ground chicken, rice, onion, diced bell pepper, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Mix thoroughly and shape into eight 2¼-oz meatballs with a 2-inch diameter.
  3. In a medium-sized pot, pour in the chicken broth and bring to a boil on medium high heat.
  4. Add the chicken meatballs and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Add the sliced bell pepper, onion, celery, carrots, cilantro, salt and black pepper. Cook for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  6. Serve soup with avocado on top.

Serving Suggestion: This soup goes well with a squeeze of lime.

Beverage Pairing: Herbal tea.

(Recipe from Flat Belly 365 by Manuel Villacorta, MS, RD for California Avocado Commission)


*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Did You Know?

You can’t always tell if an avocado is ripe just by its color.

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados


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