You wouldn’t think titling a recipe would take several minutes and yet this one did. This isn’t a classic chicken soup nor is it a vegetable soup with chicken added. Well maybe it is the later though I think the chicken plays an equal role with the veggies.
This is what I think of when I want soup for dinner.
Soup with vegetables and chicken
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 2 carrots, peeled and diced small
- 2 ribs celery, diced small
- 1 medium onion, diced small
- 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced small
- 2 Tbsp. bacon fat (or more olive oil)
- 10 oz. mushrooms, brushed clean and quartered
- 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
- 1/4 tsp. dried rosemary
- 8 cups water
- kosher salt & black pepper
- Parmesan cheese for grating (optional)
- Heat 1 Tbsp. of olive oil in a large dutch oven or soup pot over medium high heat. While it heats pat dry the chicken thighs and season both sides salt & pepper. Add the thighs to the pot and brown on both sides, 3-4 minutes per side. The chicken should release easily before turning. If you need to give more than a gentle tug let it be. When both sides are browned remove the chicken and set aside.
- Drop the heat to medium and check the oil level. If you have more than tablespoon drain a bit; less than a tablespoon, add a bit. Add the onion, celery, carrots and sweet potato. Toss with the oil, season with salt & pepper and cook for 3-4 minutes. Scrape the bottom of the pan from time to time to loosen up some of the fond from browning the chicken. When the veggies have begun to soften (4-5 minutes) set them aside with the chicken.
- Add the bacon fat (or remaining olive oil). When melted/heated add the mushrooms. Toss with fat and cook for 1-2 minutes to add a bit of color.
- Return the chicken and veggies to the pot. Add the thyme, rosemary and water. Cover and bring to a boil.
- Uncover, reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
- Remove the chicken thighs and chop into 1/2″ pieces. Return the chicken to the pot and taste for flavor. Add salt & pepper as needed. A little paprika might be nice as well.
- Dish it up and grate a bit of Parmesan cheese on top.
You may ask, what is a small dice? I went with somewhere around 3/16″. There wasn’t a ruler involved, that’s just what it seems like now looking at a ruler as a sizing guide.
The sweet potato became a bit mushy. It wasn’t bad, just a bit overdone. I could use a larger dice in the future or add them later in the cooking process.
Yes, you can use chicken broth or stock if you like. Be careful of the salt content in store bought ones.