Simple Chicken Potato Soup with carrots and thyme

I simply adore this chicken potato soup. It’s one of those really simple all-rounder comfort food recipes that easy to make and tastes great. So simple, that all you really need to do is throw everything into a big pot and let it simmer away while you retreat back to your cozy sofa to watch your favorite Netflix series. Or of course, for the less addicted, that would mean curling up on the sofa with a good book. In my case, suffering from a cold weather cough, it meant crawling under the duvet with an episode of Black Mirror.

If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a Netflix series which I would describe as a Twilight Zone meets modern, future and virtual world of technology. Just like Twilight Zone, each episode has its own story line and cast, and the story can range from dark and twisted, to blackly comic to a simple parable of modern life for the Facebook generation. Perfectly entertaining for one of those pajama-wearing, cold-recovery nights spent under the covers with a cozy, comforting bowl of soup. And TIS THE SEASON. Thank goodness for chicken soup!

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Simple Chicken Potato Soup with smoked bacon, carrots and thyme

What I love about this chicken potato soup recipe

Yes, let’s talk soup. This soup is dairy-free, gluten-free, low-fat and kid-friendly. The potatoes help thicken up the broth and makes it deliciously filling. Plus it comes together in about an hour and requires just 1 pot. My favorite thing about this recipe, other than it being fuss-free and super tasty, is that it’s a quintessential comfort food. It has that warm, comforting feeling that comes with a bowl of homemade chicken soup. For me, something that brings me back that feeling that can only be described as: HOME. Served alongside a salad and have a satisfying and healthy dinner.

Simple Chicken Potato Soup with carrots and thyme

Simple Chicken Potato Soup with carrots and thyme
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Simple Chicken Potato Soup

A simple, healthy and nourishing recipe for chicken potato soup. Dairy-free, gluten-free, low-fat and hearty enough for a weeknight meal. Homemade goodness in a bowl! Serves 4-6.

Rezepttyp Soup
Kategorie Classic
Vorb. 15 minutes
Kochen 40 minutes
Gesamt 55 minutes
Portionen 4
Kalorien 420 kcal
Autor elle

Zutaten

  • 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 30 g smoked bacon, chopped
  • 2 small yellow onions, finely chopped
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (preferably free range or organically raised)
  • 600 g starchy potatoes, peeled and sliced thinly (about 2 large potatoes)
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 6 cups chicken broth (1.5 litres)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 handful fresh chopped parsley

Zubereitung

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the smoked bacon and cook until brown, then add in the onions and garlic. Saute for 3-4 minutes, until softened.
  2. Place the whole chicken breast halves on top of the onions. Add the sliced potatoes, carrots, celery, chicken broth, thyme, salt, and black pepper. Simmer on medium until the potatoes become very soft and thicken the broth, about 40 minutes.
  3. Remove the chicken breast from the pot. Use two forks to pull the meat apart so that it is shredded (or chop into cubes). Add the chicken back to the pot along with the fresh parsley. Stir to combine.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Tipps

If you only have waxy potatoes on hand that is fine too. You can break them up a little with the back of a wooden spoon once they are fully cooked.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Hello Everyone!
    This soup was delicious! My family fished it off in one sitting. It was perfect! Thank you for sharing!
    God bless you!
    ~Daisy

  2. Hello Elle and Constance,
    Thank you both. I am here in NJ in the house due to Covid with my husband, 24 and 20-year-old sons and my three-year-old I adopted in 2018. I am going to try this recipe today. I will let you know.
    God bless you!

  3. Made your soup today, like you and everyone, locked inside due to the Covid 19 virus. We had rotisserie chicken that we used but that was our only exception to your direction. Being from New Mexico we added green chili, adding a bit of NM. LOVED THE SOUP. Extra easy to make!

    • Rotisserie chicken is perfect for this soup and green chili would be a fabulous addition! I’ll definitely give that a try myself. Thanks for the tip!

  4. Just made this tonight! Happened to have leftover bacon from breakfast… it was delicious! My family gave it two thumbs up! Glad to have some leftovers for tomorrow 🙂

  5. Love it here in Tennessee! We made it this evening for the first time. We had to make some variations due to what we had available (currently staying at home amid COVID-19 precautions). I added shredded lemon pepper seasoned rotisserie chicken that I had bought from the store and refrigerated. Since we are a family of six, four of which are two 17 yr old teenage boys, our 29 yr old college son and my husband, we ended up using 6 carrots, a red onion since we didn’t have yellow, and 4 cups of water in addition to 4 cups of chicken broth. Everything else we followed as the recipe suggested. The pot is empty!!

    • Thank you Constance! Here in Germany we have been inside for 2 weeks now. So lot’s of cooking happening here too. 😉 Lemon pepper rotisserie chicken would be a dream! So glad the whole family liked this recipe. 🙂 Greetings from Hamburg.

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