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Saturday, 29-Apr-2017 19:14:03 EDT
recipe: hearty chicken potato soup
by SHEILA QUINN
FOOD & DRINK

AN EASY SOUP DINNER FOR MOMS WHO HATE TO COOK!

Moms are busy these days. Add to the mix those moms who don't enjoy cooking but strive for healthy, balanced meals in 30mins or less. It is possible... and this Chicken Potato Soup is yummy!

YUMMY Chicken Potato Soup. And easy to make!

I'm one of those moms – I resent any time spent cooking or 'the feeling of being trapped' in the kitchen for extended periods of time. At my worst, I have to set a timer to remind myself that I have to stir or check on whatever meal I'm preparing... That said, I am a rather good cook, I enjoy good food, and I especially find gratification when a new recipe is enjoyed by the whole family, noted when they ask for it again and again (or until they get sick of it). But I loathe, hate, dislike, resent – pick any descriptive word – to cook. Cooking is just not my favourite thing to do! It's last, in fact... after dusting and cleaning the toilet bowl.

Generally, when my fridge is sparse of ingredients – making the whole process even worse – I pick one or two of the items I have on hand and scour the internet for a recipe that has the closest match. Though there are other criteria – the dish has to be easy to make, use as few preparation tools as possible, and it has to be healthy. Then I add my own spin once I zero in on what I can make for dinner. Mostly, I 'adjust' a recipe because I also don't like to follow the steps but sometimes it's due to my limited ingredients. You can imagine some of my 'interesting' baking results, as baking is not nearly as forgiving! Hey, I'm learning...

Recently, I was in such a situation: my fridge and pantry were limited. It was a viciously cold day to boot – too cold to bundle everyone up to do a quick shop – so the internet became my source of inspiration. I had potatoes, chicken breasts, and evaporated milk (not a staple in this house but a remnant from one of my previous baking experiments). I eventually found a suitable recipe and, as I mentioned above, I adjusted from there. The best part, I only needed one large saucepan! Even better, my family has asked for Chicken Potato Soup several times since, with additional suggestions for modification. This is where we've landed after several trials.

HEARTY CHICKEN POTATO SOUP

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 6 medium potatoes or 8-10 small ones, cubed
  • 5 boneless chicken breasts or thighs, small cubes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 (370mL) can evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp chives
  • OPTIONAL:
    Add 1 package of bacon, grilled to a crisp and crumble on top once it has cooled
    Add 1 cup of frozen peas in the last few minutes, simmer until they soften
  • Yield: 8 servings

DIRECTIONS

In a large saucepan, sauté the onion in the butter until it is tender. Note: if you want bacon included and if you are making it from a full package, start it on a grill or a separate saucepan first to allow it time to crisp and then cool.

Stir in the chicken broth and the potatoes (sometimes I boil the potatoes ahead of time for just a few minutes, not fully). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10-15mins or until the potatoes are tender.

Stir in the chicken cubes, the salt, and the pepper. Simmer for 10-15mins. Check the chicken to be sure it is cooked before proceeding to the next step.

Combine the flour and the milk (in the beaker is fine) until it is smooth. Stir this into the saucepan and add the can of evaporated milk. Bring to a boil. Stir for 2mins or until the soup has thickened.

Sprinkle with parsley and chives. Then optionally crumble cooled crispy bacon on top.

 
 

IMPORTANT TIP
Great as leftovers, Chicken Potato Soup keeps for up to three days. It does thicken once it is cooled. To reheat, add some milk for desired consistency.

 
 

This soup is very hearty... For any extras, your favourite salad on the side is more than sufficient. This really is an easy meal to make – if I can do it, anybody can! Stay tuned for Easy Meal Plans for Moms Who Hate to Cook – coming soon. Enjoy!

Sheila Quinn
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