As soon as the New Year came this year, I was knocked down with a big fat cold that has since turned into a sinus infection. It’s been a blast but I am more than ready to be done with the whole thing so I getting extra rest and making sure to eat amazing, nourishing food like this bowl of Green Chicken and Veggie Soup.
The secret to this soup is blending cilantro, garlic, and serrano pepper in the blender along with some broth and then stirring it into the pot so that all of that immune boosting goodness (and amazing flavor!) is infused throughout the soup making every bite healing and delicious.
If you despise cilantro (like many do) simply swap in some parsley in it’s place. I like making a nice big pot of this soup on the weekend so I have it all week long as a quick, simple, healthy meal for lunch or dinner (and even breakfast sometimes!).
If you decide to give it a try, please come back and let me know what you think! And if anyone has a magical, natural remedy for a sinus infection, feel free to share that as well
Green Chicken + Veggie Soup
- 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 green bell pepper chopped
- 2 carrots chopped
- 2 stalks of celery chopped
- 3 cloves chopped garlic
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 2 tsp. dried oregano
- 12 ounces shredded chicken I like using a rotisserie
- 2 small zucchini chopped
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 6 cups low sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
- 1 bunch cilantro stemmed
- 1 Serrano pepper
- A few handfuls of baby spinach chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat olive oil in a large pot and add in onions, pepper, carrots, and celery. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 8-10 minutes or until the veggies begin to look tender.
- While veggies are cooking, blend cilantro, Serrano pepper, 1 clove garlic and 2 cups of broth in the blender. Set aside.
- Once veggies are tender, season with cumin, oregano, and a little more salt and pepper, stir well and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Add shredded chicken, zucchini, corn, remaining chicken broth and the cilantro broth you blended in the blender. Bring to a boil, reduce down and simmer for 10 more minutes or until your veggies are tender.
- Finish with a few handfuls of baby spinach and enjoy!
I don’t see chicken listed against the ingredients? How much shredded chicken, cooked?
Hope you are feeling better quickly and btw, I think you, your site and you videos are amazing!
I just updated that! Sorry – it is 12 ounces and thanks for the well wishes:)
This recipe looks incredible! So healthy and warming. I just wanted to say how helpful your blog and YouTube channel has been for me. I’m newly married and just a few months ago decided that I wanted to make some serious changes in my diet. I’ve always been a pretty healthy eater but I would steer clear of many healthy foods because they intimidated me. I didn’t know how to prepare them or use them, so I just ignored them. Your 101 videos have helped my husband and I incorporate things like quinoa and beets into our lives and we are so grateful! I’ve lost a few pounds without even trying in the past month or so just from incorporating so many delicious greens into my diet. Thank you for the time you put into your blog and videos and thank you for giving me the inspiration to actually enjoy cooking healthy foods!
Carrie! I’m so glad to hear that – it honestly makes my day:) xo
Just made this for dinner and it was fantastic. I’m not much of a soup eater, but with all of these clean and wholesome ingredients, I will definitely make this again. It is popping with flavor and I feel great about eating it!
So glad you liked it! It’s become a favorite in my house too…
What a brilliant recipe. I have been following your site for sometime now, but dis is pure genius. I’ve made countless your recipes and dis one is the best one yet – well done –x.
I had to share with a colleague at wk, who is suffering from a terrible cold. I will definitely make this again and again – lol.
Much love from a very cold London, UK.
Jo Guerra says
Thanks for the great recipe. I’ve veered off from eating healthy, and am so thankful for this recipe. Thanks for inspiring me. Can’t wait to try it. I’ve tried quite a few of your recipes and they’ve been great.
I will make something like ur soup for my boyfriend soon. he says he is a meat eater and does not like a lot vegs(I have to use parsley & peas for sure lol) pfff. I hope he is gonna like it.
Greets from Berlin/GERmany
Laura West says
Love, love your youtube, and website. It’s the kind of cooking I mostly do myself, so it’s a great go to for me. Wanted to let you know
that this soup is very appealing, but there are 2 things I’d adjust for myself:
1. After removing the chicken from the carcass, I’d always cook the
bones up with a little cider vinegar (to pull calcium out and into the broth) and the trimmings from the vegies in your recipe.
2. Would skip the green pepper as I (and several of my friends) can’t seem to digest it well. However, I would substitute either canned, diced
green chilis or fresh roasted, diced poblano chilis and omit the serano chili.
Thanks so much for your input! I love the tips (especially the one about the carcass).
Very easy to make, feel great after eating this.
So glad to hear it! I love this one:)
So, I’ve made this 2x. Yummy! The first time, I made just like the recipe said. The second time, I deviated from the recipe cuz I had stuff to get rid of and I borrowed from some of my other fav soups! It was HUGE hit and I wanted to share!
Everything was the same as above except I used Avocado Oil instead of EVOO, put in 3 carrots instead of 2, added 1 1/2 diced tomatoes, added some chopped cabbage, used vegetable stock instead of chicken since that’s what I had around, and skipped the corn (not Whole30 compliant which I’m on currently). In addition to the spices above, I added some paprika and basil. And when I blended up the cilantro/garlic/serrano pepper, I put in a good amount of fresh squeezed lime juice. In addition to chicken (that I usually put in cut up and raw, it cooks quickly), I threw in some left over uncooked ground turkey “meatballs.” I had ground turkey marinated with seasoned salt, garlic, and onion that I used for another meal, so I packed little spoonfulls of meat and dropped it in. Then after everything was cooked, add MORE oregano and MORE lime juice right in your bowl and then garnish it with a handful of raw thinly sliced cabbage. YUMMMMMYYYY! Really happy with the results because this was the result of trying getting rid of things in my fridge that were gonna go bad! Hope all that made sense!
Thanks so much for sharing this sounds delicious.
Darlene Mungo says
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Darlene! I’m so happy we found each other:) Please feel free to ask me any questions you need to along the way!
Instead of rotisserie can I use chicken breast?
Yes! That would definitely work.
Tammy Jo Tanner says
I made this the other day and my family loved it. My mom was not feeling the best and I told her it was “Immunity Boosting” soup. Now it is the only broth I make when making soup. My brother is a very picky eater and I made this soup for him and he said no way am I eating green soup. Well he did and loved it. Thank you for all of you shares.
Thanks for sharing. I’m so glad your brother liked it!
Would this be good in the slow cooker?
I bet it would!
Dani! You replied! I wasn’t expecting that. I followed the recipe exactly on Sunday, 6/5/16. No slow cooker needed. It’s so good!! Well not totally exactly but pretty close. I added 3 stalks of celery and didn’t have rotisserie chicken so I shredded boiled chicken. The chicken was so dry but it DID NOT MESS WITH THE FLAVOR OF THE SOUP! This recipe is genius! Thank you soooo much! I made it again tonight (no slow cooker). You’re so inspiring! Please please please make more soups like this! Incorporating fresh herbs into the broth thing is something I have not come across before. Thank you!!!
Thank you! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe so much! Yes, fresh herbs definitely make a huge difference 😉
Came out superb
This looks great and I’m excited to make it! FYI, the cilantro stems have so much flavor! I always use them whenever I use cilantro – and you won’t even notice the difference if you’re blending.
Can I use chicken stock instead of chicken broth ?
Thank you for this recipe. I was looking for soup recipes and found yours on youtube. I made it and turned out yummy even without corn. I didn’t have it on hand 🙂 but, I just love the flavor. Thanks again!
Hi Row, you’re very welcome! So glad you enjoyed it 🙂
Sarah White says
So it’s rainy and cold here and the perfect time for this soup, so I went for it and…. It was AMAZING!!! Love your recipes they are always so yummy. Thank you so much!
So glad you enjoy them, Sarah! And it sounds like it was the perfect day for that soup! 😉
I’m new to clean eating and it’s really important to me to get in all the vitamins and nutrients in veggies. When cooking soup, are my veggies losing the majority of nutrients? Are some of the lost nutrients in the broth?
Anytime you cook veggies, you will lose some nutrients. But the beauty of soup is that those nutrients will be in your broth.
I may try this tonight.
I’m worried the Serrano pepper may be too hot for me. Is there something beneficial about chilis for colds?
I may try small amount jalepeno instead.
Made this to take for lunch this week! I’m excited to try it tomorrow. Added a bit of turmeric, basil, Mrs. Dash salt free, and thyme. Added 1/4 cubed butternut squash and 1 pint of mushrooms instead of spinach and corn. Added 2 extra cups of liquid because of those as well as an extra carrot. I’m looking forward to this. THANKS, Dani for all your amazing recipes and tips.
Anytime!! So glad you made it your own. Enjoy!
This was amazing! My kitchen smells like a restaurant! The ingredients totally go together! My mother in law has been sick and lost her appetite. I took her a container of this soup and she was very excited and looking forward to it. Thank you!
yolanda silva says
Oh my goodness is all that I can say. This is the best soup I have ever tasted . I cant believe how yummy and convient this soup was. I did add sliced avacdo to my bowl & it was delicious . Thank you so much for the great recipe.
Yay!! I am so happy that enjoyed it. Thanks for letting me know.
I came across this amazing soup recipe & your blog because my sister sent me the link to your delicious looking Corn & Avocado salad. As i laid in bed with a terrible sinus infection, i decided to look further at your other recipes in the blog. It was like heaven sent when lo & behold i immediately saw the immunity boosting chicken soup. I thought i have to make this! So i mustered the energy and made it exactly as printed except i used a jalapeño instead of Serrano pepper. It was truly so flavorful & chock full of vegetable & protein goodness. Even my husband & daughter raved! I want to try it now with sliced avocado & squeezed lime on top. This soup is definitely just what i needed. I follow many food blogs & never comment. But i felt compelled to in this case because it’s as if this recipe was calling my name especially with your description and all about sinus infection etc. I highly recommend this recipe because as you stated, the key is the blended cilantro, garlic, pepper & broth that truly set it apart from many other soups i have tried. Thank you for sharing!
So glad you enjoyed this soup so much and I hope you are feeling better soon 🙂
Planning on trying your recipe that looks delicious and so heathy.
If I want to meal prep for the week, how long would this soup Be good for if I keep it in the fridge ?
should I leave the chicken apart and just added Into to the soup when ready to eat it?
This soup will happily last up to one week! And yes, keeping the chicken separate would work well.
Does this soup freeze well?
Thanks in advance!
Yes, it would freeze great!
Omg this soup is incredibly delicious! I left out the zucchini and used kale instead of spinach. I have Covid and can’t smell anything right now but can taste this and it is soooooo soothing and tasty!
Hi Stephanie! I’m so glad you enjoyed this one. I hope you are feeling better.
Wonderful soup! I have been sick and it is keeping me nourished! Do you know the calorie count for this soup! Thanks