Vegetable Lover's Chicken Soup

12 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine December 2006

Classic comfort food is yours, in just slightly more than half an hour. Serve with some crusty whole-grain bread and top with grated Romano or Parmesan cheese.

Ingredients 2 servings

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  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces chicken tenders, cut into bite-size chunks
  • 1 small zucchini, finely diced
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons orzo, or other tiny pasta, such as farfelline
  • 1 1/2 cups packed baby spinach

Preparation

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  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Add zucchini, shallot, Italian seasoning and salt and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are slightly softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, broth, wine and orzo (or other tiny pasta); increase heat to high and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the pasta is tender, about 8 minutes, or according to package directions. Stir in spinach, the cooked chicken and any accumulated juices from the chicken; cook, stirring, until the chicken is heated through, about 2 minutes.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 cups
  • Per serving: 256 calories; 9 g fat(1 g sat); 2 g fiber; 10 g carbohydrates; 32 g protein; 93 mcg folate; 57 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 3294 IU vitamin A; 29 mg vitamin C; 47 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 718 mg sodium; 651 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2

Reviews 12

October 20, 2013
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By: yolipoli65
Love This Soup I have been making this soup for about three years. All the comments from others I incorporated as well. I have increased the garlic and slice it into thick slivers--found that it has a hint of sweetness. For seasoning discovered that McCormick Italian Herb Seasoning Grinder adds wonderful flavor. This soup has certainly become a staple; family and friends enjoy it very much. Thank you Eating Well for sharing this recipe!
February 03, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
This is a tasty, easy to make soup. The combination of shallots, zucchini and white wine makes the flavor! Like most I added more broth and always at least double the recipe it's so delicious! Anytime I make for friends and family it gets great reviews. I typically serve with spinach on the side to be added when eating, otherwise leftover soup has very wilted spinach. A great staple recipe to make over and again!
September 04, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Loved this soup. But like others I added a lot more broth (will even add more next time). Also, added celery and carrots. It was delicious. Only thing I will add is more spices next time.
December 14, 2011
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By: EatingWell User
Was a great basic recipe but needed help I thought this was a good soup but I did add a lot more seasoning(including garlic and onions) broth (almost tripled the original amount), salt and way more pasta.... I also am going to try and cook it in a slow cooker next time over several hours to let all the ingredients simmer. Pros: unique and a great starter soup, Cons: lacked seasoning and needed more of everything almost
September 05, 2011
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By: EatingWell User
Simple soup I admit I did change this recipe a bit... I added celery and carrots and then did a splash of beer instead of wine. I also used onion instead of shallots and added some garlic. Overall, I really liked the finished product with a bit different veggies then I am used to in a chicken soup. I am not sure how much broth the recipe even called for because I did a jumbo batch and didn't really measure the veggies. Would definitely make again. Cons: I didn't give it five stars because I feel like it is missing a little something, but I can't figure out what...
January 24, 2011
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By: Ann
A tasty and easy soup I loved this soup! It is so easy to make and is so good! It was much better than regular chicken noodle soup - and I love the orzo in replace of the noodles. The only thing I had to do differently was too add more broth. I will be making it again soon
February 25, 2010
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By: j_stoughtenger
I love this recipe; though did have to add more broth myself.
February 15, 2010
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By: Kat Y
Delicious! I used chicken stock and some broth, and added more than it called for of stock/broth, orzo, and spices. I also added some fresh garlic and sauteed it with the zucchini. I spiced it with some pepper, garlic, and basil also.
February 10, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
A really tasty soup! Since i'm pregnant i took out the white wine but it still came out great. I do agree that it needs more broth. I boiled my own chicken to make the broth but i used double the amount it calls for. Of course i had to use more salt, but still kept the same amount of italian seasoning. I used 4 more ounces of chicken, added 1 more tblsp of orzo and used a large zuccini instead. My mother and bump loved it!