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Chicken Albondigas Soup

Total time:

30 min

Prep time:

15 min

Cook time:

15 min

Nutritional Highlights (Per serving) See Full
370 Calories
18 g Fat
5 g Fiber
850 mg Sodium
25 g Carbs
Chicken Albondigas Soup


In Spanish-speaking countries, albondigas means meatballs. Typically, albondigas are something that your grandmother makes. This easy 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.


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

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


  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.

*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.

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


Nutrition information per serving

Calories 370
Total Fat 18 g (Sat 4.5 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 3 g, Mono 9 g)
Cholesterol 100 mg
Sodium 850 mg
Potassium 1480 mg
Total Carbohydrates 25 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Total Sugar 4 g
Protein 32 g

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%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

About the author

Manuel Villacorta, MS, RDN, is an internationally recognized, award-winning registered dietitian-nutritionist and author.

Villacorta is a well-respected and trusted voice in the health and wellness industry. He acted as a health blog contributor for The Huffington Post, an on-air contributor to the Univision television network, and a health and lifestyle contributor for Fox News Latino. His latest contribution was as leading nutrition expert for a series about Superfoods with National Geographic. He is an in-demand health and nutrition expert on radio shows and local and national television including National Geographic, The Today Show, Good Day New York, CNN, and ABC7 Eye Witness News.

He has served as national media spokesperson for The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2010-2013) and acts as a national spokesperson who represents food commodities and recognized brands, including the California Avocado Commission.

Villacorta earned his Bachelor of Science in nutrition and physiology metabolism from the University of California, Berkeley and his Master of Science in nutrition and food science from California State University, San Jose. He has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for his research and contributions to the field of nutrition and dietetics.

Manuel is a brand advocate. Their content on the California Avocado Commission website and/or blog is part of their partnership with our organization.


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