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October 19, 2013

The Saturday Simmer: Chunky chicken soup recipes

Chicken fajita soup, from Two Peas & Their Pod.

'Tis the season. Cold and flu season. My mother told me chicken soup would cure everything, and she was right. When I was young, we loved chicken noodle soup from a can. (Oh, so salty.) These days, I'm more likely to make my own chicken soups spicy. Either way, noodly or peppery, like this chicken fajita soup from Two Peas & Their Pod, chicken soup does the trick. I have no proof of this, but I believe that there's just as much magic healing power in the pieces of chicken as there is in the broth.

So many chunky chicken soup recipes caught my eye this week:

Thai hot and sour chicken soup, from Steamy Kitchen

Chicken soup with farro, kale, and turmeric, from Kalyn's Kitchen

Chicken fajita soup, from Two Peas & Their Pod

Chicken noodle soup, from Smitten Kitchen

Gluten free coconut chicken soup, from Elana's Pantry

Colombian chicken soup, from Simply Recipes

BBQ chicken pizza soup, from Picky Palate

Chicken soup Italian style, from Jersey Bites

Slow cooker chicken and white bean soup with quinoa, from Aggie's Kitchen

Slow cooker spicy chicken soup, from Eat at Home

Which will you try first? What intrigues you? Please leave feedback on the original recipe post, and let us know if you've made or adapted any of these recipes. See you next Saturday, and every Saturday, with more soups, stews and chili.

[All photos used with permission.]


Posted by: Super Soup Lover J-Boy | October 19, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Happy weekend to you soup friend! These are some great soup shares. Are you a fan of traditional Chinese congees? They are very healing during sickness and so simple. During cold/flu here I like to make sure I use one or more of the following additions to my soups: GARLIC and lots of it, parsley, rosemary, dandelion greens, stinging nettles, shitake mushrooms, spicy peppers or dry spices, celery, coconut water, homemade bone broth, etc - just to name a couple. When I make healing medicinal specific soups I adjust the ingredients based on the symptoms and healing needs. Nothing better than homemade medicine in a soup bowl! Thanks again, my favorite here is the coconut chicken one.

Posted by: Super Soup Lover J-Boy | October 19, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Although that chicken fajita looks tempting I think maybe this week!

Posted by: Kalyn | October 19, 2013 at 06:55 PM

I love every kind of soup with chicken. but if I could only pick one it would be Greek Egg Lemon Soup (which I always make with chunks of chicken, even though some Greeks only use the broth!) So many of these sound good.

Posted by: Lydia (Soup Chick) | October 20, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Super Soup Lover, how interesting to make chicken soups tailored to your specific needs. I wish I knew enough about some of the ingredients on your list to know what cures what.

Kalyn, I always make my Greek egg lemon soup with chunks of chicken, too, though my Greek friends say it's not terribly authentic.

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