Chicken soup is a great dinner choice for any hectic week schedule. Something about the light consistency, fresh ingredients and easy prep work that makes this dish the ideal dinner when you may not be feeling 100%. After coming back from a week of splurging and needing to get my body “back on track” and feeling good, this is usually my first step. Furthermore, this is my go-to dinner dish when I think “fresh” and “nutritious”.
I have made many versions of this soup, substituting egg noodles for gnocchi or adding in other ingredients such as potato chunks or even rice. Whatever vegetables you have on hand, or pasta in the pantry makes for a great addition to this Healthy Chew Original recipe. The potato gnocchi in this recipe taste like dumplings, giving it a southern touch.
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp minced garlic (2 garlic cloves)
- 1 medium sized sweet onion (chopped)
- 1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
- 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 48 oz chicken broth (about 6 cups OR 1 1/2 cartons)
- 2 cups chopped chicken breast
- 2 tsp fresh thyme
- 1 cup potato gnocchi
serves 5 bowls
- Pour the olive oil in a large sized soup pot over medium heat.
- After the oil is heated, sauté the garlic, onions, carrots, celery, salt and pepper together. Let the vegetables cook down for about 10-15 minutes or until the onions and celery become translucent.
- Add the chicken broth, chopped chicken and fresh thyme into the vegetable mixture. Let simmer another 10-15 minutes to soak the flavors of the thyme and fresh vegetables.
- Add in the potato gnocchi and bring the soup back to a simmer. let simmer until the potato gnocchi float to the top, indicating it has been cooked through. Typically takes another 10-15 minutes.
*Note: Potato gnocchi does not take long to cook but can become mushy if cooked too long. If you plan on simmering this soup for longer than 1 hour to really bring out the flavors, postpone putting the gnocchi in until closer to serving.
**This recipe is even better when served with fresh biscuits or toasted ciabatta bread.
This is an original Healthy Chew recipe, all rights reserved
All photos used in this article were taken by Stephanie Rackley for and by The Healthy Chew
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