i should be mopping the floor: Skinny Creamy Chicken Soup

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Skinny Creamy Chicken Soup

This Skinny Creamy Chicken Soup is one of our favorite winter time meals. It's so satisfying and comforting. The Italian flare it has also makes it a bit unique from other chicken soups. And the "skinny" factor is a must this time of the year {at least, for this girl it is}. And I promise this is, in fact, soup and not just a pasta. It's got lots of macaroni in it, though...just the way I like it! I guess it's a chunky skinny soup...heehee!

Skinny Creamy Chicken Soup | A hearty Italian-inspired soup to warm you up on a cold day.
Warm soup belly: is there anything better? This winter is already seeming a bit chillier than our usual ones here in Texas. I find myself craving heartier soups and stews just to warm up and stay full. This one does just that...without a lot of guilt!



Skinny Creamy Chicken Soup | A hearty Italian-inspired soup to warm you up on a cold day.
Skinny Creamy Chicken Soup
Ingredients:
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts {raw}
- 8 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
- 1 (1 lb.) box Barilla Plus Elbow Macaroni
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 green bell peppers, diced
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 {28 ounce} can diced tomatoes {undrained} 
- 2 cups fat free half and half
- salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Begin by boiling your chicken breasts in the chicken broth until cooked through {about 45 minutes}. You can add a little water to make sure they're fully submerged, if you need to {although, try not to add too much water if you can help it...you'll be using the broth again after the chicken has cooked}.
Once your chicken is cooked, remove it from the pot and set aside to cool for shredding. I like to pour the broth into a separate glass batter bowl at this point, so I can use my same pot to cook the pasta. Go ahead and fill that pot up and prepare your pasta according to package directions {I do it on the shortest amount of cooking time on the directions, and maybe even a minute less because it will also have a chance to cook a bit more once it's in the actual soup form}. I will also scoop out a cup or two of starchy pasta water to add to my soup if my broth is a little low. 
While the pasta is cooking, saute your onions, peppers, and celery in a large pot in your olive oil {I add a spray or two of nonstick spray, too} until tender. Add in oregano and cook another minute. While the vegetables and oregano are finishing up, shred or chop your chicken {whichever you prefer}.
Add the chicken, diced tomatoes {with juices}, and broth. Remove from heat and stir in half and half. Add in the drained pasta and some of the pasta water, if the soup isn't quite "soupy" enough. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

This makes a very generous amount of soup. I can generally get two days' worth of meals out of it {it's so yummy, even my kids take it to school the next day}. I've always had a hard time figuring out how much is a serving. After playing around {and dishing even amounts of soup into ten bowls}, I've worked this into 10 {1 1/2 cup} servings. You may have to eyeball it based on how thick your soup is, as to how many servings it amounts to. 

When it's split into 10 servings {1 1/2 cups each}, they are 9 Weight Watchers Points Plus per serving. Below, you'll find the extended nutritional info, as well.


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Skinny Creamy Chicken Soup | A hearty Italian-inspired soup to warm you up on a cold day.


Skinny Creamy Chicken Soup | A hearty Italian-inspired soup to warm you up on a cold day.
Like I said, it's definitely a thicker soup...almost a "stoop", if you will. But the combo of the Oregano and tomatoes and the half & half really make it irresistible. 


Skinny Creamy Chicken Soup | A hearty Italian-inspired soup to warm you up on a cold day.
Delicious with crusty French bread...but then again, what isn't?






16 comments:

  1. That looks really good and hearty. I love that it is healthier.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! It;s delicious...and easy to enjoy because it is a healthier option!

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  2. This is definitely a healthier version of a hearty and delicious looking and sounding soup. It has been really cold in NY and my thoughts keep migrating to soup (cause I can't migrate south for the winter)

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    1. It is soup-er yummy! Thank you bunches for stopping by!

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  3. This looks really delicious and savory! Perfect healthy meal for a freezing cold day!

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    1. Yes! It's great for the cooler temps for sure! Thank you bunches for stopping by!

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  4. This sounds absolutely amazing! Adding to my list to make this week!

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    1. I hope you enjoyed it! It's a favorite for sure!

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  5. Yum!! I too love a good hearty soup!! Hey I would love for you to share your stuff on my link party on Thursday!! Here is the link http://www.cookinandcraftin.com/my-2-favorite-things-on-thursday-link-party-2/

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  6. Looks delicious! Comforting, warm, happy. Yum! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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    1. You are so welcome, Debi! Thank you bunches for stopping by!

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  7. You are right! This is exactly what I am wanting right now. It is perfect for this super chilly season! Hearty and skinny - that's what I am talking about!!

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    1. And don't you love that you can have both hearty and skinny at the same time?! LOL! Thank you for the sweet comment!

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  8. This looks delicious! We need soup for dinner tonight. this would be perfect for all of my sick kids.

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    1. Aww, I hope your kiddos get to feeling better! Check out my oils post! They really do help keep those sickies away!

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