Who doesn't love a hearty chicken vegetable soup? This is a terrific way to use leftover shredded chicken, add some healthy vegetables, and enjoy them in a zesty tomato broth.
This delicious soup is an easy weeknight dinner with a cooking time of about an hour.
How to make chicken vegetable soup
1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven. You can also use a large soup pot.
2. Add diced medium onion, celery, and carrots. Cook the vegetables until they're softened and begin to brown, about 5-6 minutes
3. Add minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds more.
4. Then add Italian seasoning and salt and pepper (to taste) to the pot.
5. Stir in diced chicken, tomatoes, potatoes, and sliced mushrooms.
6. Pour in vegetable or chicken stock and give everything a good stir.
(If you’re gluten free, check the vegetable or chicken stock you’re using to make sure it’s certified as GF or doesn’t contain gluten or any other allergens.)
7. Bring soup to a boil. Then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until all the vegetables are tender.
8. Stir in green beans and corn, continue cooking for 5 minutes until everything is heated through.
9. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve immediately
10. Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
What kind of chicken can I use?
This soup is a terrific recipe for using up any leftover rotisserie chicken from the previous night’s dinner.
If you don’t have any leftover chicken, cook up some with using your favorite recipe.
In a pinch, you can also use canned chicken. It’s always good to have a few cans in the pantry for an emergency.
Any type of chicken is good – shredded white breast meat, or thigh meat or bits you’ve picked off the wings or drum sticks. It's all good in soup.
Can I use raw chicken?
Don’t have any leftover rotisserie chicken? Cook raw chicken breasts or thigh meat in the soup pot before you cook the vegetables.
The best way to do this is to cut up the uncooked chicken into bite-sized pieces, then sauté them in the olive oil for a few minutes before adding the diced onions, celery, and carrots.
Proceed with the rest of the recipe. (Obviously skipping the part about adding the chicken, since it's already in the pot.)
What herbs do you use?
You can use 2 to 3 teaspoons of your favorite dried Italian blend of seasonings.
I like having a bottle of this since it saves me time instead of measuring out individual portions of oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary, and marjoram.
However, if you like you can make your own Italian blend!
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried marjoram
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 dried crushed pepper flakes
You can play with the amounts of herbs if you like. You could even add a bay leaf or two or fresh herbs from the garden.
What vegetables do you put in chicken soup?
This is homemade chicken soup is Italian based so it uses tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, and mushrooms.
(If it was a Jewish chicken vegetable soup, it would have carrots, parsnips, and dill.)
Potatoes: Use thin-skinned varieties that you don't have to peel like red or Yukon Gold.
Additional vegetables: you can add just about any fresh vegetables you'd like to this vegetable soup recipe such as diced butternut squash.
Do I need to defrost the frozen vegetables?
I love using frozen veggies since they're already cleaned, chopped, and ready to go.
You don't need to defrost them. Just add them straight from the freezer to the chicken vegetable soup recipe.
What kind of cooking pot?
If you can afford it, purchase a large Le Creuset Round French (Dutch) Oven.
Lodge is a wonderful American Brand and their cast iron pots will work on any stove including induction cooktops.
Of course, you also use any type of large stock pot.
How to serve up this veggie soup
Since this hearty soup is chocked full of veggies, there's no need to serve it with a side salad.
Instead, add some grated parmesan and serve with crackers, chips, or French bread.
Can I make this soup in the slow cooker?
If you don't have time to stand over a soup pot, you can make this in your crock-pot. Here's how:
- Place all the ingredients in your crock-pot. (Use a slow cooker liner for easy cleanup. Stir to combine.
- Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3.
Making this soup in a slow cooker is almost as good as making it on the stovetop. However, I do find that sautéing the garlic and vegetables does add a slightly better flavor.
Can you freeze chicken soup?
Yes! You can turn this chicken soup recipe into a freezer meal.
After cooking, wait for the soup to cool. Then portion out the leftover soup into dinner ready portions.
To freeze: Pour the soup into freezer-safe food storage containers. (Remember to label and date the containers.) The soup should remain good for at least three months.
To thaw: Defrost the container overnight in the refrigerator. Or place the closed container in a large bowl full of water. The soup should thaw in a few hours.
To reheat: Then warm the soup in the container in the microwave or pour into a saucepan and heat on the stovetop.
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- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced (approximately 1 cup)
- 2 stalks celery, sliced (approximately 1 cup)
- 2 large carrots, cleaned and sliced (approximately 1 cup)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning blend
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 4 cups chicken, cooked, diced, or shredded into large pieces
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
- 2 cups peeled and diced potatoes
- 1 cup mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
- 8 cups vegetable or chicken stock
- 1/2 cup frozen green beans
- 1/2 cup frozen corn
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large soup pot.
- Add onions, celery, and carrots and cook until softened, about 5-6 minutes.
- Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
- Then season with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to taste.
- Stir in chicken, tomatoes, potatoes, and mushrooms.
- Pour in chicken stock and stir until well combined.
- Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer 20-25 minutes or until all vegetables are tender.
- Stir in green beans and corn, continue cooking for 5 minutes.
- Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve immediately.
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 423Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 434mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 10gSugar: 11gProtein: 30g
Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.