Chicken Broccoli Soup

Sweet Pea Living | Chicken Broccoli Soup | Whole30 | Paleo | Low Carb

Lately, I’ve been in a serious soup making phase. I don’t know what it is–the cold weather, my stuffy nose, or the need to stock our fridge with easy work lunches–but I’ve been craving anything served in a bowl. Regardless of the reason, this simple Chicken Broccoli Soup really hit the spot!

Sweet Pea Living | Chicken Broccoli Soup | Whole30 | Paleo | Low Carb

When I first started making this dish, it was actually a Broccoli Cheddar Soup. Over time, the recipe transformed after I added and removed ingredients to fit what we loved most! For example, one afternoon before I made this soup, I was at the store and just happened to spot a scrumptious rotisserie chicken. I thought that the tender meat would make a great soup addition and it is now a must-have ingredient!

Sweet Pea Living | Chicken Broccoli Soup | Whole30 | Paleo | Low Carb

Later on, after I was sick and tired of scrubbing cheese residue off the sides of my stock pot (I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about), I decided to remove cheddar cheese from the main ingredient list. I’ve found that I don’t miss the cheddar at all, and it works great as a light garnish to the dish.

Sweet Pea Living | Chicken Broccoli Soup | Whole30 | Paleo | Low Carb

You must be craving Chicken Broccoli Soup by now! Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think by taking a picture and tagging Sweet Pea Living on Facebook and Instagram! I can’t wait to hear how much you love it!

Chicken Broccoli Soup


Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 Spanish or yellow onion, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 cups carrots, chopped
  • 2 cups broccoli, chopped
  • 1 cup cauliflower, chopped
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup fat-free half and half*
  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (or more)

Garnish:

  • shredded cheddar cheese*

*Omit for Whole30. Instead of half-and-half, whisk 1-2 tablespoons arrowroot powder into broth to help thicken soup.

Directions:

  1. Heat up EVOO, minced garlic, diced onion and celery in a large stock pot over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  2. Mix carrots, broccoli and cauliflower into the stock pot. Saute for about 7 minutes.
  3. Add chicken broth, water and half and half into the stock pot. Mix well and bring soup to a boil. While the soup heats up, remove the skin from and shred the rotisserie chicken.
  4. Add in shredded chicken, nutmeg, cardamom, salt and hot sauce. Mix well.
  5. Garnish with shredded cheddar cheese and serve hot! Enjoy!

Yields: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Sweet Pea Living | Chicken Broccoli Soup | Whole30 | Paleo | Low Carb

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