Easy healthy chicken broccoli soup

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This easy healthy chicken broccoli soup is the perfect simple recipe for cozy winter dinners. Easy comfort food in a bowl served with crusty bread.

Easy healthy chicken broccoli soup

On chilly nights there’s just nothing better than having a steaming bowl of flavorful soup to warm you up and this easy, healthy chicken broccoli soup is like a hug in a bowl. It’s creamy and full of texture while not being too heavy or weighed down with cream or a flour base.

I use a cornstarch slurry to thicken the soup slightly but that’s totally optional. Other ways to thicken the soup is to add some mashed potatoes or by pureeing a third of the soup and stirring it back into the pot. The milk adds creaminess but can also be substituted with a dairy-free version or simply use chicken stock instead. It’s the kind of recipe that comes together quickly (thanks to the rotisserie chicken) with no fuss but be sure to make a big pot because this is seriously good for lunch the next day.

Easy healthy chicken broccoli soup

How do you make chicken and broccoli soup?

Start by sautéing onion, celery, carrot and chopped broccoli stalks until soft and fragrant then add garlic and seasoning. Add chicken stock, milk and cornflour mix (optional to thicken) and bring to a simmer then add the broccoli and shredded chicken and allow to cook until the broccoli is soft. Season to taste and serve with crusty bread.

What to serve with chicken soup:

  1. Easy garlic butter dinner rolls
  2. Easy cheesy corn beer bread
  3. Potato, Pecorino & Rosemary bread
  4. Cheese and herb beer bread

Easy healthy chicken broccoli soup

Easy healthy chicken broccoli soup
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Easy healthy chicken broccoli soup

This easy healthy chicken broccoli soup is the perfect simple recipe for cozy winter dinners. Easy comfort food in a bowl served with crusty bread.
Course Dinner, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword broccoli soup, chicken broccoli soup, chicken soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 197kcal
Author Alida Ryder

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp dried mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes/red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 5 cups broccoli stems removed and finely chopped
  • 6 cups chicken stock/broth (Home-made or good quality store bought )
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp cornflour/cornstarch mixed with 2 tbsp water
  • 2 cups shredded chicken (I used rotisserie chicken)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • lemon juice to taste

Instructions

  • Sauté the onion, celery, carrot and broccoli stalks in a splash of oil until soft and fragrant and just starting to brown (this takes around 10 minutes). 
  • Add the garlic, bay leaf and herbs and sauté for another minute before adding the chicken stock, milk and cornflour mixture. 
  • Bring to a simmer then add the broccoli florets and shredded chicken. 
  • Allow to cook for 15 minutes then season with salt, pepper and lemon (optional). 
  • Serve with crusty bread.

Nutrition

Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 174mg | Potassium: 753mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 81.4% | Vitamin C: 85.8% | Calcium: 16.4% | Iron: 9.3%

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Showing 24 comments
  • Amanda
    Reply

    Have you ever made this in a crockpot? Any suggestions?

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      I haven’t but I think it would be perfect in a slow cooker. I would imagine cooking it on high for 1-2 hours will be perfect.

  • Casey
    Reply

    How many cups are in a serving? Thanks

  • Maggie Unzueta
    Reply

    My mouth is literally watering. I wish this were in front of me.

  • G
    Reply

    This soup is seriously good. Take the advice to make a big pot. I didn’t because I’m usually the one eating it for the next week. But, my family LOVED this soup. It was gone in one seating!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      I’m so glad you and your family liked this recipe. 🙂

  • Susan
    Reply

    What are the dried mixed herbs? Going to make it tomorrow. I bought Herb De Provence. Not sure if this is right!! Could you respond. I don’t want to mess it up.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Any dried herbs you like can be used. The mix I use has thyme, oregano, rosemary and sage in it but I’m sure Herb de Provence will be delicious.

  • Linda
    Reply

    Could you give me an idea of how much broccoli is needed? One regular bunch or two?

    Thanks! I want to try this delicious-looking soup!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Approximately 700g/24oz. 🙂 I hope you love it!

  • Debi Yakel
    Reply

    I’m in the middle of making this soup, looking forward to seeing how good it is. But you DON’T say when to add the spices, just the bay leaf. So…. I sure hope it turns out good cause I just threw them in with the broth!!!!! ???

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      My apologies! I have amended the recipe. I hope you loved it. 🙂

  • MS Young
    Reply

    Would it be ok to substitute almond milk?

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      I haven’t tested it with almond milk but I’m sure it will be just as delicious.

  • Jeremy
    Reply

    Broccoli soup souds very creative, hope my homies will enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

  • Mikayla
    Reply

    Made this recipe last night and it was the perfect, healthy dinner. And you’re right, the leftovers are bomb for lunch the next day!

  • Bryan
    Reply

    I love broccoli soup! I’ll be making this recipe tomorrow, thank you!

  • Katie
    Reply

    This looks like everything I want on a cold night. Just perfect.

  • Marian
    Reply

    Broccoli soup sound very good. Plan on making for the meal on 12/5/2018 Wednesday. We will you all an update soon. Just bought fresh Broccoli off the Veggie Truck today. The truck stops in front of our rental home here on Crete in Greece. Alida Thanks Very much for the idea!

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