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Hearty Chicken Pot Pie Soup ~ a creamy chicken soup with potatoes, peas, onion, celery and carrots. All the flavors of a homey chicken pot pie without the crust!
I recently made a big pot of rich, homemade chicken stock to use in our soups and stew recipes. We used it as the base of our Homemade Chicken and Dumplings and now we’ve added it to this tasty soup. While you’re welcome to buy low sodium chicken broth or stock for this recipe, I’ve included the link HERE to make homemade just in case you want to give it a try. And, to cut a little more time from the soup prep, use a rotisserie chicken instead of poaching your own chicken breasts. It’s all good!
This is a mild flavored soup, similar to a creamy potato soup. Season the soup with plenty of black pepper and just a little bit of salt, depending of course on the type of broth you use for the base. If you used canned or store-bought broth in the carton, you may not need additional salt. Also, if you use a salted rotisserie chicken, double check the seasoning before adding more salt.
We love this soup served with saltines, or the yummy little oyster crackers pictured above. For a little extra fun, cut pastry crust into strips and bake until browned. Dunk the crust into the soup and get the whole pot pie experience!
It’s probably no big surprise that we love homey, cozy, chicken based comfort foods here at SRFD. One of our all time favorites is this delicious Chicken Pot Pie with Herb Biscuits. Just saying I wouldn’t steer your wrong; it’s crazy good and will probably be next in our Sunday Family Dinner rotation, especially since I have all this wonderful homemade chicken stock in the freezer!
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Chicken Pot Pie Soup
For the chicken:
- 3 1/2 - 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- a few sprigs fresh thyme
- 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts (or 3 cups diced, cooked chicken i.e. rotisserie)
For the soup:
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 large onion diced
- 2 stalks celery diced
- 2 large carrots peeled and diced
- 1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 3 1/2 cups chicken broth or stock
- 2 cups whole milk or half-and-half
- 2 russet potatoes peeled and diced
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 3 cups diced cooked chicken
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1-2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
To make the chicken:
- (Skip this step if you want to use rotisserie chicken or already have cooked chicken on hand.)
- Combine the chicken broth, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper and thyme springs in a large skillet or sauté pan with a tight fitting lid. Bring the mixture to a boil, then add the chicken breasts making sure they fit in a single layer. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, uncovered for 15 minutes, turning the chicken breasts once. Turn off the heat (but don’t move the pan) and cover the pan. Allow the chicken to rest in the hot broth and finish cooking for another 15 to 20 minutes while preparing the soup ingredients. Remove the chicken from the pan and cut into bite sized pieces. Set aside. Remove the thyme sprigs and discard. Set the broth aside until ready to use in the soup.
To make the soup:
- Melt the butter in a heavy bottom dutch oven or soup pot, over medium heat. Add the onion, celery and carrots and sauté until the carrots are slightly soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in 1/3 cup of flour and blend until all vegetables are covered. Continue cooking the vegetable/flour mixture for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. Gradually add the chicken broth and milk, and then the potatoes. Bring the soup to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low, cover the pot and simmer (stirring occasionally) until the potatoes are tender, about 20-30 minutes. Remove the lid and add the diced chicken and frozen peas. Stir gently and cook for just a few minutes, or just until the chicken is warmed through. Season with salt and plenty of fresh ground black pepper. Check the seasoning and adjust if needed. Serve immediately with crackers or crusty bread.
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Finally, if you find yourself craving more chicken soup recipes, how about trying this Low Carb Chile Relleno Chicken Soup from All Day I Dream About Food. I really want to make a pot of this beautiful Sicilian Chicken Soup from A Dash of Sanity and how about this lovely combination – Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup from She Wears Many Hats? Sounds perfect to me! Don’t forget to check out our Chicken Pot Pie with Herbed Biscuits and this delicious recipe for Chicken and Dumplings.
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