Chicken Minestrone Soup

Easy Healthy Chicken Minestrone Soup RecipeHealthy Chicken Minestrone Soup, a protein-packed version of an Italian favorite!

Healthy Chicken Minestrone Soup Recipe
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This time of year, when the cold gray days of winter drag on and on crowding out spring… One thing that really lifts the spirits is a piping-hot pot of soup simmering on the stovetop.

A good soup fills the house with an herbaceous aroma, creating a sense of warmth and bounty. Soup puts smiles on the faces of family walking in the door from the bitter cold.

Soup is something to look forward to.

Perfect Healthy Chicken Minestrone Soup Recipe

Today’s Chicken Minestrone Soup is a comforting variation of the traditional vegetarian Italian Minestrone Soup. Although I love classic Minestrone, I always feel like it’s missing something. (Ahem, meat.) Our version is light and healthy, with added protein from lean chicken breast to keep you full and satisfied.

It is also gluten free and dairy free, made with gluten free brown rice pasta, so you can safely serve it to friends with food intolerances.

How to Make Healthy Chicken Minestrone Soup Recipe

The base of any good Minestrone Soup is a blend of onions, garlic, Italian herbs, and tomatoes. Beans, pasta, and a colorful mix of vegetables are always included.

Our Chicken Minestrone Soup is bursting with bold Italian flavor, bright garden veggies, beans, chicken, and pasta. I also like to add a splash of red wine to Minestrone soup, because it gives the broth a deeper richer flavor that complements the sweetness of the tomatoes.

Yet it’s a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Just look at how gorgeous it is!

How To: Healthy Chicken Minestrone Soup Recipe

To make Chicken Minestrone Soup start by sautéing garlic, onion, mushrooms and carrots in a large soup pot. Then add whole chicken breasts, herbs, and all the liquid ingredients.

Simmer them together to cook the chicken.

Making Healthy Chicken Minestrone Soup Recipe

You may have noticed, I usually cook chicken breasts in soup whole, then cut or shred them later, instead of chopping the chicken raw.

This method has three purposes. 1) It ensures you don’t overcook the chicken. 2) It gives you the option of chopping or shredding the chicken. 3) If you prefer chopped chicken to shredded, it makes the chopping much more efficient because the chicken is firm.

Perfect Healthy Chicken Minestrone Soup Recipe

After the chicken is cooked add in all the veggies, beans, and pasta and cook the soup until the pasta is al dente.

Stir the chopped chicken back into the soup and serve!

Easy to Make Healthy Chicken Minestrone Soup Recipe

Chicken Minestrone Soup is an entire meal in a bowl.

It’s just what you need to perk up your family this season.

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Healthy Chicken Minestrone Soup Recipe
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Chicken Minestrone Soup

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Healthy Chicken Minestrone Soup Recipe - A zesty chunky classic Italian minestrone soup with an extra dose of lean protein.
Servings: 8
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Minestrone Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 338 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 1147mg 48%
Potassium 839mg 24%
Total Carbohydrates 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 6g
Protein 25g 50%
Vitamin A 64.8%
Vitamin C 39.5%
Calcium 13.7%
Iron 21.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cans fire roasted diced tomatoes (15-ounce cans)
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 small zucchini, quartered and sliced
  • 1 small summer squash, quartered and sliced
  • 15 ounces kidney beans, drained (1 can)
  • 15 ounces cannellini beans, drained (1 can)
  • 8 ounce dried macaroni noodles (could be gluten-free)
  • 1 cup frozen cut green beans
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Set a large 6-8 quart soup pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil, onions, garlic, mushrooms, and carrots. Sauté for 5-8 minutes to soften the vegetables, stirring regularly.
  2. Place the whole chicken breasts down in the sautéed veggies at the bottom of the pot. Add in the chicken broth, water, canned tomatoes, red wine, Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the chicken breasts are cooked through.
  3. Remove the chicken breasts with tongs and set on a cutting board. Add the zucchini, summer squash, canned beans, macaroni, green beans, and roasted red peppers to the pot. Stir well. Bring to a simmer and cook for another 5-8 minutes, until the pasta is cooked through.
  4. Meanwhile, chop the chicken into bite-size pieces. Stir the chicken back into the soup. Taste, then salt and pepper as needed.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: If making a gluten-free variation of this recipe, make sure to use a GF pasta that will not disintegrate in the soup. (Both ALDI and Trader Joe's have a pretty hearty GF pasta.)

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2 comments on “Chicken Minestrone Soup

  1. kittyposted December 20, 2018 at 12:21 pm Reply

    Hi Sommer Collier
    ..

    I am such a soup lover.

    We have soup at least once a week year round. Chicken Minestrone Soup look fantastic
    . I am gonna try this

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