Chicken Vegetable Soup

chicken vegetable soup
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Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

Calories 136
Fat 5g
Carbs 10g
Protein 13g
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Total Time 40 min
Prep 20 min, Cook 20 min
Servings 4 servings (1 cup each)

This is a basic chicken vegetable soup recipe. You can add lots more vegetables—whatever you have in the refrigerator—though it's always nice to include something orange (like carrots) as well as a few chopped ​leafy greens. This chicken vegetable soup recipe is extremely flexible as far as herbs and spices go, too—it is delicious with a little spicy undertone (thus the salsa). You can add more salsa and some cilantro to make it into a sort of Mexican tortilla soup (minus the tortillas, however).

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small or 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks​ celery, chopped
  • 1 large​ carrot, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced, grated, or pressed
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 cup chopped cooked chicken meat
  • 1/3 cup salsa
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh leafy herbs, or 1 tablespoon dried herbs, such as parsley, celery leaves, tarragon, cilantro, thyme, and oregano

Preparation

  1. In a soup pot, heat the oil and saute onion, celery, and carrot. When they begin to soften, add the garlic and stir for 1 minute, until it becomes aromatic.
  2. Add the chicken stock and whatever other vegetables you'd like. (If you're cooking greens along with other vegetables, add the greens near the end or they will overcook. Exceptions are the hardier greens such as kale or collard greens which can be added along with the vegetables.) 
  1. Bring to a low boil and cook until vegetables are mostly done. (If you add a lot of vegetables, you may have to add more water, broth, or stock.)
  2. Lower the heat, add the chicken, and let the soup simmer until the meat is warm.
  3. Taste, and, if desired, add a little bit of soup base at a time until the salt and "chickeny" flavors are to your liking.
  4. Add the salsa, black pepper, and herbs. Cook for another minute. Serve.

Ingredient Substitutions and Cooking Tips

This soup (or any meat-based soup) is best made with homemade or purchased chicken stock (also called bone broth), although you can certainly use packaged broth or a base such as Better than Bouillon (which this recipe suggests using in conjunction with the stock). Chicken stock is made with the bones of the chicken, and often some vegetables, which are then strained out after simmering. Many people, including many in the paleo and Weston Price communities, feel that there is nourishment in stocks made from the bones that cannot be found in broths which are made merely from boiling meat.

There isn't a lot of scientific investigation on the differences between stocks and simple broths, but stocks made from bones have been thought to have healing properties for centuries, and they do have gelatin and marrow that broths lack. Also note that many packaged broths have sugar in them, as do the bases.

When you have a couple of chicken carcasses (or the Thanksgiving turkey) on hand, put them in a pot with vegetable scraps, including onion skins because of the nice golden color they give the stock. After barely simmering for several hours, cool and strain it.

You can add additional vegetables to the soup. Options include green beans, celeriac, chard or other greens, red bell peppers, jalapenos, zucchini, cauliflower, and cabbage.

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings (1 cup each)
Amount per serving  
Calories 136
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 1196mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 13g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 63mg 5%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 626mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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