Weeknight dinners don’t get any easier than this Chicken Vegetable Soup! Use precooked shredded chicken or rotisserie chicken. Delicious & versatile!
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.
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.
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!
- Start by sautéing the mirepoix (that’s the onions, celery and carrots) until tender. Add the garlic and Italian seasoning.
- Next, pour in the broth, bring to a boil, then simmer to allow the flavors to meld.
- 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.
- Stir in the shredded chicken and peas, adjust the seasoning and add the parsley. Done!
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.
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Chicken Vegetable Soup Recipe
Weeknight dinners don’t get any easier than this Chicken Vegetable Soup! Use precooked shredded chicken or rotisserie chicken.