Friday, September 6, 2013

Quick Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Soup

Actually, this should probably be called Use It or Lose It Soup. I had a small chicken breast and one scrawny head of broccoli in the fridge... While I always add Chicken Better Than Bouillon to my broccoli soup (they say that's a chef's trick to help creamy soups taste like they have cheese in them... whoever "they" are:@), this is the first time I've added meat. It was very good!
This is a small batch soup that makes 2-3 servings.

Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Soup
2 tsp bacon fat-olive oil is fine, the bacon just gave it a little more flavor
1 small boneless chicken breast, sliced into bite size pieces
1/2 C onion, small diced
1/2 large stalk celery, small diced
4"-ish head of broccoli cut up small-grate the stalk for added flavor!
1 C water
1 1/2 tsp Chicken Better Than Bouillon-more or less to taste
a couple shakes of garlic powder
few grinds of black pepper
3/4 C milk-I usually have 2%, anything's fine, add little more if it gets too thick
1 Tblsp flour
Your favorite seasoned salt added at the table-optional but recommended:@)
  1. Heat bacon fat in pot and cook chicken, remove from pan.
  2. Add onion and celery and cook for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add broccoli, water, bouillon, garlic powder and black pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low simmer, cover and cook until broccoli is just about done, 10-15 minutes.
  4. Mix milk with flour and add to soup, bring to a light boil to thicken. 
  5. Return chicken and any drippings to pot, Add more milk to thin out if necessary.
  6. Adjust S&P. I really like a light sprinkle of Lawry's Cracked Black Pepper Seasoned Salt added to my bowl.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

14 comments:

  1. HI Might try this one sometime. Looks good enough to eat!!

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  2. I will have to give this one a try, as hubby is a big soup lover!

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  3. Gosh that looks good, Lynn, and I'm glad there's somebody out there who's as frugal as I am!
    Happy weekend, my friend! xo

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  4. I'm already gearing up for soup weather, Lynn; I just LOVE soup!! This looks delicious; I have a cream of broccoli soup recipe that I really like, but I've never thought of adding chicken. That would make it more of a meal for the men in the house. :) Thanks for sharing about the Chicken Better Than Bouillon -- I haven't heard of that.

    Did you watch the seasonal opener football game last night? We did, but it stayed on way too late for a week night. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  5. I am looking forward to cooler weather and soup suppers.

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  6. I'm making this for sure! I can eat it on my lo-carb lifestyle! YUMMY! GO EAGLES!

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  7. You are so clever with making the most of what's in the 'frig. I definitely need to take lessons from you.
    Sam

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  8. This looks great Lynn, I love Better Than Bouillon and I'm ready for soup weather!

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  9. I love soup, and as we get ready for fall, I'm gearing up for lots of it.. Yours looks so delicious,
    I thank you for sharing it, I can't wait to give it a try.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  10. wooooo, this looks amazing. sounds so good.

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  11. I never thought about putting chicken in there - yum.

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  12. Sounds perfect for a cool fall evening!

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  13. Don't know if you'll even see this, but yowza I'm pinning this! I have been craving chicken broccoli soup and sorely tempted to go to Panera to see if they have it right now. This is better!

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