Skinny Chicken Vegetable Soup – A Recipe for Weight Loss and Fitness

by Sugar on January 12, 2012 · 25 comments

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Chicken soup cures everything right? Chicken soup for the cold, the flu, even the soul.  In winter, we seek comfort recipes and foods and chicken soup is an all time favorite. But it can also be part of a very healthy diet and your weight loss plan. In fact it’s one of my secrets to staying lean and fit all my life.

Soups and stews and roasts are great ways to cook in bulk and have extra for the following week. I like to make a giant pot of this chicken soup, freeze half for next week and then enjoy it this week for lunches and even as a dinner or side dish. Because it’s chock full of nothing but whole, healthy foods, it’s a recipe for not only comfort, but healthy living too! Get the full recipe (and a link to my complete fitness plan) below the video. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds raw boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 1 leek, cleaned and sliced
  • 3 stalks celery chopped
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into coins
  • 1 turnip, peeled and chopped
  • 2 parsnip, peeled and chopped
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped, (optional)
  • 2 (32oz) containers chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons each chopped fresh parsley and dill
  • 1/2 pound of cooked pasta, or two cups of cooked rice
  • Salt, and pepper

Directions:

Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and leeks and sauté for about 2-3 minutes, making sure to stir so the vegetables don’t burn, add the remainder of the vegetables, season with salt and pepper and continue to sauté for another 2-3 minutes.

 

Add the raw chicken to the pot, season once more with salt and pepper and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add the chicken stock, parsley and dill; allow soup to come to a boil. Once pot is boiling turn down to a low simmer and allow soup to cook for 1-2 hours or until the chicken and vegetables are tender.

If there is a lot of oil at the top of the soup just skim it off with a soup ladle and discard.

If adding pasta cook about ½ pound of pasta in separate pot of heavily salted water only till pasta is al dente’. The pasta will cook and expand more when added to the soup so don’t over cook pasta and don’t rinse the pasta. You can add the cooked pasta to the soup after it is cooked and off the heat.

I also like to serve the soup with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

For variety I add different vegetables like tomatoes, escarole, cabbage, even beans.

A basic chicken soup is great for the body and the soul. My aunt would add a lemon to the soup when I was sick so if you even get a cold be sure to put the juice of one or two lemons and extra garlic. She told me these act as a natural antibiotic to help fight infection.

If you need more liquid, add water and bullion or just extra chicken broth.

The soup will freeze well so be sure to make enough to freeze for the following week.  Just thaw frozen soup in fridge and heat in pot or individual bowls in the microwave.  This recipe will make at least 12 servings.

Eat this for lunches or dinners as a complete meal instead of processed or fattening foods! I’ve made my complete fitness plan available on BodySite.com. Good luck and let me know if you have any questions.  You can find it at this link http://www.bodysite.com/Publish/coachConnect.php?ccid=29219

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Natalie Melaragno says:

Hi Sugar
My name is Natalie and I am from Ontario Canada! I just found your site while searching for a chicken parmasean recipe. I will be coming back again and again! This soup looks amazing and so easy to make! Will be making it tonight for the week!
Keep the awesome recipes coming
Love your Canuck friend! Natalie

Sugar says:

Hi and welcome to my site. Thank you for the sweet feedback. I look forward to you trying some of my recipes and letting me know how you like it. Enjoy!

Tiffany says:

Do you know the nutritional information? How many calories per serving?

Sugar says:

I don’t have that, sorry.

deeana says:

hi sugar ! is it really true that it makes you skinny

Sugar says:

Well it sure has helped me all these years. Besides it’s so good for you it can’t hurt to try it. :)

Miri says:

Hi, Sugar!

I made this soup for my family and was happily surprised to discover that though it has completely different vegetables, it tastes just like my mom’s chicken soup! Who knew that Italian Chicken soup was the same as Jewish Chicken soup?!!

Thanks for your great website!

miri :-)

Sugar says:

Jewish, Italian it’s all the same. :) and Chicken soup is so good for the soul, right?

Hugs,

Sugar ;)

Andria Haldas says:

My family loves this soup so much (even my 12 year old son)! I made two batches of this soup last week. Unfortunately we gobbled it up and none of it made its way to the freezer. Next time I will have to make 4 times as much! Yummm! So good!

Sugar says:

Andria,

I’m so happy everyone is enjoying the soup. Thanks so much for the feedback. It made my day.

Hugs,

Sugar :)

Sugar says:

Jane at the bottom of each recipe you will see icons where it says Sharing is Caring. The last one in the group is a printer friendly link. Click on that, then select no images and it will print just the recipe. It’s very simple. If you have trouble let me know.

Sugar

Jane Drzik says:

Would like to download recipe for Skinny chicken vegetable soup; do not do facebook, twitter, etc. How can I print out the recipe w/out the whole presentation included?
Thank you in advance!

Malin says:

Hi!
I just tried your soup today. My whole family ate it and they all liked it very much!! Even the three year old. Greetings from Sweden, I really like your blog!
Best wishes! /Malin

Sugar says:

Oh I am so glad to hear that Malin. Thanks so much for your feedback. It makes my day to hear that your family enjoyed the soup.

Sugar :)

The skinny chicken soup was great .We had friends over to play cards and they all loved it.Thanks for the recipe.

Sugar says:

Beverly,

I’m so glad you liked it. It’s the perfect meal for something like that.

Thanks for the feedback.

Sugar :)

Linda Hernandez says:

Great chicken soup ……….I am making it………..I have to lose 50 pounds!

Sugar says:

Linda,

I think you will love it. It’s a healthy way to lose weight and feel great.

Sugar

Joe Moreno says:

Sugar you are the BEST!! I love you honey you are so awesome! This chicken soup is my new favorite meal!

Sugar says:

Joe,

Trust me it works and it’s so yummy.

Keep me posted and enjoy!
Sugar

lisajean says:

Hey Sugar, I just found your blog and love it. I’m Italian too. Both set of Grandparents came over from Italy. I Will be following you. Keep the recipes & tips coming. (Making the soup today, but I’m using whole chicken breast. ) Best Wishes! Lisajean

Sugar says:

Hi,

So nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping in to say hello. I’m sure you will enjoy the soup. Happy Cooking and keep me posted.
:) Sugar