Winter Chicken Soup

    
Mario Limaduran
Mario Limaduran

 

When I was kid, soups seemed so simple yet so difficult to make. I was almost intimidated with the thought of making a tasty soup. This easy chicken fall soup is great for those cold October-through-February days when you either need that cozy feeling, don’t have time to cook and need something to warm you up, or both for that matter. Aside from all the fall & winter feels, this recipe only takes a quick 20 minutes, mainly because of the simplicity and convenience of having Trifecta's A La Carte chicken, broccoli, and brown rice.

A slight effort to build a flavor base yields an incredibly rich flavor profile. I highly suggest you buy a mushroom vegetable stock to mix with the chicken or veg stock, to provide an additional umami flavor profile. Add any other Trifecta A La Carte veggies as desired.

This soup can also be a great option if you are sick, or your stomach is not feeling right. Add a pinch of cayenne or tabasco to add a quick spice and help you clear your sinuses - and also, life is better with some spice! If you are looking for further inspiration for your meal prep, find 20 recipes using Trifecta chicken here.

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Tip: Instead of cooking your vegetable base for up to 5 min, cook your vegetable base over medium-heat, sweating the vegetables for a longer period of time, to develop a rich caramelization. You'll be able to see the veggies slowly caramelize the more you cook them. If needed, add a splash of water to help them caramelize. This will yield a hearty and rich flavor profile. You want that. 

 

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Winter Chicken Soup-1

Winter Chicken Soup

Cook time: 20 min
Prep time: 10 min
Yield: 4
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Description

This recipe takes a little bit of extra time and effort for the purpose of developing flavor. I can assure you that the extra time will leave you with a soup that is not only super tasty, but that can also save you throughout the week during those cold months of the year. 

For the sake of nutrition - I analyzed this recipe with water rather than chicken or vegetable stock. The nutrition info you see on the label does not account for any stock - adjust accordingly if closely tracking macros.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups carrots, rough chopped
  • 1 cup onions, rough chopped
  • 1 cup celery, washed, leaves removed
  • 2 teaspoons grapeseed oil
  • 16 oz Trifecta chicken
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 ⅓ cup Trifecta brown rice
  • 8 cups water or stock, chicken and vegetable/mushroom base, split
  • 1 cup Trifecta broccoli
  • To taste, Salt and Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. Prepare the chicken by dicing the chicken, or using the Trifecta pulled chicken, if preferred. Keep in a bowl until needed. Separately, prepare all vegetables as indicated. For the carrots, peel 2-3 depending on the size, cut the ends and discard, slice in half, and cut across evenly about 1” size half-moons. After washing, cut the celery across in an equivalent size to the carrots, discarding the tops and bottoms. Dice the onions on a medium size and mix with celery and carrots. This is called mirepoix.
  2. In a pan deep enough to hold all ingredients plus stock, heat up the grapeseed oil over medium-high heat, until the oil is shimmering and slightly smoking. Immediately add the mirepoix (onion, celery, carrot mix) and increase heat to high. Stir often avoiding the onions from burning, and adjust heat as needed, reducing if the vegetables begin to charr too much.
  3. Cook mirepoix for 3-5 minutes, again - adjusting the heat as needed - or until the vegetables begin to become translucent. Add the diced chicken, along with the tomato paste. Mix to coat all ingredients in the pot with it. The tomato paste should cook and become fragrant for a few minutes. Before the paste begins to burn, add the stocks to the pan to deglaze and mix scraping any brown bits (this is flavor so make sure you do this with a wooden spoon ideally).
  4. Bring the mix to a boil. Once boiling, add broccoli and rice. Simmer for another 3 minutes or until all vegetables are heated through. Serve immediately dividing all soup guts amongst 4 bowls, and then topping off with any extra stock.
  5. If not eating immediately, cool the soup immediately by placing a large Ziploc bag filled with ice inside the pot, stirring occasionally. Once cooled down to 40F or below, store in an air-tight container.

Nutrition facts

serves 4
Calories Per Serving: 330
% Daily Value
9% Total Fat 7g
32% Cholesterol 95mg
13% Sodium 290mg
10% Total Carbohydrate 27g
Sugars 5g
Protein 39g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

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