Easy, Quick and Delicious Chicken Soup

Here in Central Illinois we have been having a terrible winter. Days on end where the temperature barely reaches double digits, makes you want to find any way to stay warm. One of my favorite things to do to stay warm is make soup. Chicken soup is especially wonderful for those days when you feel cold AND lousy.

Traditionally, chicken soup is made over a few hours with chicken bones to flavor your broth. Let’s face it though, sometimes you just want soup on the fly and don’t have time for the full-blown version. Here’s a great quick, easy, delicious and still healthy chicken soup.

Quick, Delicious and Healthy Chicken Soup

What you’ll need:

1 tbsp of olive oil

Chicken – You can use any chicken you have in your freezer. I used a bone-in breast

4 cups of water or chicken broth

1 chicken buillon {if not using broth}

1/4 to 1/2 onion

2 cloves of garlic

1 stalk of celery

2 medium carrots

1 bay leaf

spinach or kale {optional}

salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat your soup pot with your 1 tbsp of olive oil to about medium heat.

2. Chop your veggies and add them to your soup pot {leaving out the kale or spinach if you are using any}. Season with salt and pepper. Sautee for about 4 minutes or until your onions are translucent and your celery and carrots are tender.

3. Add your chicken stock {or your water and buillon}, your chicken and your bay leaf to your pot. Bring your soup to a gentle boil. Let boil for about 4 minutes then reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes. At this point you can add in your spinach or kale if using any.

4. Taste your soup and adjust the seasoning if you need to. Let simmer another 5 minutes.

5. Serve with crackers or if you’re low-carbing it, you can try a piece of whole wheat toast or, my favorite, melba toast.

Happy Cooking!

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