Chicken Vegetable Soup Recipe

Weeknight dinners don’t get any easier than this Chicken Vegetable Soup! Use precooked shredded chicken or rotisserie chicken. Delicious & versatile!
Ladle scooping chicken vegetable soup out of white saucepan.

Ladle scooping chicken vegetable soup out of white saucepan.

This chicken vegetable soup recipe is one of those easy dinner ideas that I fall back on over and over again. If you like to meal prep or are into healthy freezer meals, make a double batch of this soup to keep on hand for busy nights.

Whenever I make my Instant Pot Shredded Chicken, I often use the chicken to make Thai Chicken Salad or tacos on the first night and a pot of this soup the following night.

I used a standard base mixture of onion, celery and carrots, then stirred in frozen peas at the end. If you’re not a fan of peas, try green beans or fresh spinach or kale. Or sauté some mushrooms before adding the broth.

What you need for chicken and vegetable soup:

These are the main components of this recipe (affiliate links included):

  • Chicken: As mentioned above, I used my Instant Pot Shredded chicken. It’s great to have on hand for easy meals. Alternatively, keep reading for my directions for starting with raw chicken breasts (under the Frequently Asked Questions section below).
  • Pasta: Almost any pasta shape will do. I used orzo, but ditalini and or elbow macaroni are other good small pasta options. If you want something a little bulkier, I recommend farfalle (bowties) or rotini (spirals).
  • Vegetables: The standard mirepoix mixture – onion, celery and carrots – is the base for this soup. Frozen peas are added in at the end – no need to defrost them first.
  • Broth: Use your favorite chicken broth, either homemade or store-bought. I used low sodium, then adjusted the seasoning at the end, but regular chicken broth works perfectly well.
  • Seasoning: Italian seasoning, fresh garlic, parsley, salt and pepper are all you need.

Vegetables cooking in saucepan, pouring in orzo, stirring in peas.

Vegetables cooking in saucepan, pouring in orzo, stirring in peas.

How to make chicken vegetable soup:

This is a really easy soup and follows the most basic soup formula. Ever if you’ve never made soup before, it’s hard to mess this one up!

  1. Start by sautéing the mirepoix (that’s the onions, celery and carrots) until tender. Add the garlic and Italian seasoning.
  2. Next, pour in the broth, bring to a boil, then simmer to allow the flavors to meld.
  3. Add the orzo (or other pasta) and cook until it’s tender. TIP: Be sure to stir frequently, scraping along the bottom of the saucepan, so that the pasta doesn’t stick to the bottom.
  4. Stir in the shredded chicken and peas, adjust the seasoning and add the parsley. Done!

 Chicken and vegetable soup in light brown and gray bowls, on gray napkin.

 Chicken and vegetable soup in light brown and gray bowls, on gray napkin.

Frequently asked questions:

Can I start with raw chicken?

Yes! If you don’t have shredded chicken on hand, there are a couple of ways to make this soup if you’re starting with raw chicken breasts:

Chop & saute: Chop the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. Heat 2 teaspoons of olive in the saucepan set over medium-high heat. Alternatively, spray the saucepan with olive oil cooking spray. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a bowl and cook the rest of the soup according to the directions. Add the cooked chicken back in at the end to reheat.

Poach the chicken: Poaching chicken is a fantastic way to achieve tender, shred-able chicken by simmering in hot broth. In the soup, add the chicken at the same time the broth is added. Place 2 small-ish chicken breasts (about 5 ounces each) on top of the vegetables, pour in the chicken broth, bring the liquid to a boil, then reduce the heat so that the liquid is simmering. Simmer until the chicken breasts are cooked through, which takes about 15 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board, shred it, then add it back to the soup after the orzo is cooked.

You can also use shredded rotisserie chicken breasts.

Can I freeze this soup?

This soup freezes really well. Allow the soup to cool, then transfer to either ziplock freezer bags or airtight glass freezer containers. Freeze for up to 3 months.

If using ziplock freezer bags, fill the bags with the desired amount of soup, squeeze out any air, seal and stack flat on a baking sheet. Once frozen the frozen soup can be stored horizontally or vertically in your freezer.

Overhead photo of silver ladle scooping out chicken soup with vegetables.

Overhead photo of silver ladle scooping out chicken soup with vegetables.

Other easy, healthy soup recipes:

Light Salmon & Potato Chowder
15-Minute Wonton Soup
Pesto Turkey Tortellini Soup
Minestrone Soup
Instant Pot Southwestern Sweet Potato Soup

Ladle scooping chicken vegetable soup out of white saucepan.Ladle scooping chicken vegetable soup out of white saucepan.

Chicken Vegetable Soup Recipe

Weeknight dinners don’t get any easier than this Chicken Vegetable Soup! Use precooked shredded chicken or rotisserie chicken.

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Course: Soups

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Chicken soup, Chicken vegetable soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 4 Servings

Calories: 301kcal

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion, celery and carrot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have softened, 7 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, and cook for 1 minute.

  • Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat slightly and cook at a lively simmer for 10 minutes.

  • Stir in the orzo and cook until the orzo is al dente, 7 to 10 minutes. Be sure to stir frequently to ensure that the orzo doesn’t stick to the bottom of the saucepan.

  • Stir in the shredded chicken and frozen peas. Heat until the chicken and peas are heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper, and stir in parsley. Serve.

Notes

Weight Watchers Points: 4 (Blue – Freestyle SP) / 4 (Green) / 4 (Purple)

Note 1: I used my Instant Pot Shredded chicken. Alternatively, use rotisserie chicken breasts or start with raw chicken breasts (see the post above for more details).

Note 2: Almost any pasta shape will do. I used orzo, but ditalini and or elbow macaroni are other good small pasta options. If you want something a little bulkier, I recommend farfalle (bowties) or rotini (spirals).

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 32.7g | Protein: 29.7g | Fat: 6.5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 976.4mg | Fiber: 4.1g | Sugar: 4.9g


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