Chicken soup is one of the most popular dishes. We often crave some delicious chicken soup when we are under the weather, and we need to cure a bad cold. While it is disputed whether chicken soup is effective against runny nose and soar throat, no one can deny this is a delicious and simple dish filled with nutrients.
Why Chicken Soup is Amazing
There are many variations of the chicken soup topic – creamy, with noodles, with different vegetables, and so on. In my opinion, they are all delicious and, most importantly, nutritious. Chicken soups are generally made of chicken (obviously), vegetables, and healthy carbohydrates. This makes it the perfect balanced and healthy meal. Add to that it is pretty affordable – the traditional vegetables in a soup are available in every grocery store, and chicken is one of the most affordable proteins. Together they build a meal filled with all the necessary vitamins and minerals.
Chicken Soup Ingredients
My mom used to make a very simple chicken soup close to this recipe. In my mind, this is what I could call ‘traditional’ chicken soup. Of course, my notion is very emotional and has nothing to do with anyone’s tradition but the one in my childhood home, but there is certain nostalgia around how this dish is prepared.
I use chicken breast, more specifically, chicken tenders, because they are easier to cut, but you can use whatever is available and preferred. Anything that is not chicken breast introduces some extra fat to your broth, which you might want or don’t want, depending on your preferences.
I use carrots (these are from my garden) and potatoes. Carrots are a great source of vitamin A and have a decent amount of fiber and vitamin C. They are also amongst the most affordable healthy food. Potatoes have gotten a really bad rep, especially with the rise of low-carb diets, but they have some amazing benefits. Potatoes are rich in fiber, yes even your normal yellow potato, not just the sweet potato. They also have a high concentration of vitamin B and vitamin C. Don’t be afraid to add and experiment with potatoes.
The Chicken Soup Broth
The key to any good soup is always the broth. Your protein and vegetables can add great flavor to the broth. In this case, I used vegetable bone broth as an add-on, but I let my chicken cook in the mix for additional flavor. I enhanced the flavor with some parsley and oregano. The vegetable broth I used is the Bonafide Vegetable broth. This is no advertisement for their brand. Although I love their products, I encourage you to check their ingredient list. Whether you use their broth or a different brand, please ensure there are no unnecessary additives. That would include things like canola oil (or any other seed oil), citric acids, etc.
Easy Chicken Soup with Vegetables
- 1 pot
- 1 lbs chicken breast, cut into small pieces
- 3 large carrots, cut into pieces
- 2 medium potatoes, cut into cubes
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp parsley
- 1 tsp dried organo
- salt and pepper to taste
- splash of olive oil
- Start your burner on high heat
- Add the olive oil and then the meat and vegetables
- Add the bone broth and the water
- Add the spices and season to taste with salt and pepper
- Let the soup reach a boil and immediately reduce the heat to medium.
- The soup will be done in about 30 minutes or when the chicken is cooked through.
- Serve with extra parsley if you desire