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Chicken Albondigas Soup

In Latin culture, albondigas means meatballs. Typically, albondigas are something that your grandmother makes. This easy to make recipe brings together flavors from Latin America and the United States.

Total Yield: 9 cups Servings: 4 servings Serving Size: 2 cup


For the meatballs

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • ¾ cup cooked brown rice (¼ cup dry)
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • ¼ cup green pepper, diced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

For the soup

  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • ½ green bell pepper, sliced
  • ½ red onion, sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 & 1/3 ripe California avocado, sliced


  1. In a medium bowl, add the ground chicken, rice, onion, diced bell pepper, salt, and black pepper. Mix thoroughly and shape into 8 2 ¼-ounce meatballs, measuring a 2-inch diameter.
  2. In a medium sized pot, place the chicken broth and bring to a boil on medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the bell pepper, onion, celery, carrots, cilantro, salt and black pepper. Cook for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  4. Serve soup with California avocado on top.

Note: In Latin culture, we squeeze lime juice on everything to bring out the flavors. This soup goes well with a squeeze or two. Give it a try.

Per Serving: Kcal 395, Protein 32.2 g, Carb 26 g, Fat 20.3 g, Sodium 563.8 mg, Dietary Fiber 6.2 g,

Daily Values: Fiber 25%, Vit C 48%, Vit A 111%, Vit D 0% Calcium 7%, Iron 16%

A 1/3rd serving size of Heart-healthy California Avocados contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, including 11% of the Daily Value (DV) fiber, 10% DV folate, 6% DV vitamin E and potassium.