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Hearty Chicken & Veggie Soup

Hearty Chicken & Veggie Soup

'Tis the season for ... SOUP.  

It's hearty, it's healthy, it's comforting, it's delicious. What more can a gal ask for?! 

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Oo ditty, I love holiday treats. But all those goodies oftentimes leave me feeling sugared and sluggish. This soup recipe is uber easy-peasy to cook up, and packs a healthy veggie punch to revive you from that santa-sugared coma! 

It looks like a lot of ingredients, but it's honestly just boneless, skinless chicken breast, broth, and a mix of whatever veggies you like, or have on hand. The prep is fairly easy. Come on, this beezy bee wouldn't lead you astray! 

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[Hearty Chicken and Veggie Soup]

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast 
  • 1 quart chicken bone broth
  • 1/2 quart chicken broth [feel free to add the full quart; but I like mine more veggie-filled and less brothy!]
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped 
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli florets 
  • 1 small peeled and chopped zucchini
  • 2 cups peeled and chopped carrots
  • 3 cups chopped celery 
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsnip 
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic 
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil 
  • Shimmy shake of ground turmeric (about 1/4 teaspoon)
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger 
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper 
  • Squeeze of a medium lemon 
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Instructions

  1. Precook your chicken [this is my preference; but you could add the raw pieces to the hot simmering liquid to boil it]. Line a baking pan with parchment paper, add your chicken breasts, a lil S&P, and cook at 350 for about 20-25 min. 
  2. In a large saucepan add coconut oil, chopped onions, celery, ginger, a squeeze of lemon and garlic. Saute for 5-6 minutes to soften.
  3. Then add the broth, carrots, parsnips, turmeric and 1 teaspoon sea salt.
  4. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for about 10 min. 
  5. Add the broccoli, peas and zucchini. Continue to simmer to soften the veggies.
  6. Meanwhile, your chicken should be finished cooking. Remove from oven, chop or shred the chicken breasts, and stir it back into the soup.

Enjoy! At this point the soup is ready; however, for this batch I then transferred all of the ingredients into my crockpot and let simmer for another hour or so. I felt like this helped bring it all together and let the flavors further develop. YUM. 

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Cheers to Family and a Thanksgiving Feast!

Cheers to Family and a Thanksgiving Feast!