Rainbow Veggie Chicken Soup

by Marla on February 11, 2013 · 40 comments

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Apparently I have a thing for rainbows. Two recipes in the past week have been rainbow-y. Last week it was a Roasted Rainbow Carrot Tart (a sweet, delicious tart ~ have you tried it yet?)

Today we eat the colors of the rainbow in a soup chock full of chicken and vegetables!

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I make this soup often, especially in the cooler months. It is my dads favorite, so when he comes to visit I’m sure to have a pot bubbling away on the stove.

Whenever I cook this for my parents ~ my dad begs my mom to make soup exactly like this back where they live in NY.

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She rolls her eyes and says to my dad “you LOVE my chicken soup ~ but OK ~ Marla send us the recipe.”

This exchange has been going on for about 4 years now. I sense some jealousy but we won’t get into that.

Why has it taken me sooooo long to post this recipe? Quite frankly I just add all the ingredients to a large soup pot, season to taste and never measure anything. It is usually gone that night or by the next day without a chance to photograph it.

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Mom, dad and blog pals ~ here it is finally.

The simplest chicken soup you will ever make! Grab as many colorful veggies as you can. No stress. Fuss free.

I like mine with just veggies, chicken and a big hunk of cheese on the side.

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My kids, hubs and dad like heaps of noodles in theirs.

Have fun with the vegetables you use. Choose your favorites.

Sometimes I use regular potatoes, in this case sweet potatoes. Sometimes spinach, sometimes kale.

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Most of the time I use fresh dill, there was none in the store so bright flavored cilantro was a great alternative.

Rainbow Vegetable Chicken Soup | Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Here in Telluride  food availability can be slim pickins at times, so I need to make quick adaptations to some of my ingredients.

Change is good though right?!

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There is nothin’ like coming into a warming bowl of soup after a long day of winters play in the fluffy white snow!

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Rainbow Veggie Chicken Soup

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Rainbow Veggie Chicken Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Chicken Breast (cut into bite sized pieces)
  • Olive Oil
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, diced
  • 1 Red Onion, chopped
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • 1 bunch Rainbow Carrots
  • 8 cups Low Salt Chicken or Vegetable Broth
  • 1 bunch Kale, tear into pieces remove ribs
  • a few handfuls Cilantro
  • Black Pepper
  • Green Onion, finely sliced

Method

  • Trim zucchini and carrots into bite sized pieces. Pierce sweet potato with a sharp knife several times. Microwave 5 minutes to soften. Cut into bite sized pieces. Heat olive oil in a large soup pot over medium high heat. Add garlic & onion, cook about 5 minutes to soften. Add chicken and brown for about 5-6 minutes. Add zucchini, carrots and sweet potato (not kale). Cook another 3 minutes. Add broth to the pot. Bring to a boil, add kale and handful of cilantro. Simmer with a lid for about 20 minutes or until all the veggies are tender. Season with pepper. Top with sliced green onion.
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1 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl February 11, 2013 at 5:40 am

This is my ideal soup!! Add lemon juice, cinnamon, chickpeas and garlic and it’s my family’s version. Right up my alley!

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2 Marla February 11, 2013 at 6:09 am

Liz, I love that idea. I think version 2 is coming up – with credit back to you of course :)

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3 Rosa February 11, 2013 at 5:43 am

A beautiful and healthy soup! It looks so tasty and colorful.

Cheers,

Rosa

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4 Cassie | Bake Your Day February 11, 2013 at 6:21 am

I love all of the veggies in this – beautiful soup!

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5 Marla February 11, 2013 at 8:04 am

Thanks so much Cassie!

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6 Julie @ Table for Two February 11, 2013 at 6:30 am

I LOVE how hearty this soup is and I’m really liking your rainbow affair :) it just makes everything so pretty and even more enticing to eat! Gorgeous :)

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7 Marla February 11, 2013 at 8:04 am

“Rainbow Affair” LOVE that ;)

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8 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective February 11, 2013 at 6:38 am

Love all the color here Marla! So pretty. :)

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9 Alissa N February 11, 2013 at 6:49 am

Wow, your photos are breathtaking!!! Holy moley, you are seriously talented. The soup looks amazing and full of super healthy stuff, love it!!

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10 Marla February 11, 2013 at 7:55 am

Thanks so much Alissa! Funny this was ~ this soup was giving me a run for the money during the shoot…..

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11 Heidi @foodiecrush February 11, 2013 at 6:54 am

Where did you get those gorgeous carrots? The key to good nutrition is a rainbow of colors, this is definitely a cold buster with all of those antioxidants. Beautiful.

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12 Marla February 11, 2013 at 7:47 am

Hi Heidi! Great to see you here :) Thankfully I stumbled upon those beauties at the market the other day. Funny ~ I could not find dill, but rainbow carrots were a lovely surprise!

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13 HeatherChristo February 11, 2013 at 7:01 am

So much stuff packed into one bowl of soup- I would love for my kids to be eating that soup!

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14 Marla February 11, 2013 at 7:44 am

So easy to prepare too Heather! Bet your kiddos would enjoy :)

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15 Jenny Flake February 11, 2013 at 7:02 am

Looks like the perfect soup for winter! So pretty too :)

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16 Marla February 11, 2013 at 7:40 am

Thanks Miss Jenny!! We kinda live on it these days :)

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17 Gaby February 11, 2013 at 8:24 am

love me a good chicken soup!! especially with all those gorgeous veggies!

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18 Val in MN February 11, 2013 at 9:25 am

WOW! I love your recipes, but your stories and pics are just as enjoyable. Thank-you!

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19 wholesome kids February 11, 2013 at 9:48 am

My son is off skiing today. This looks like a perfect dinner to come home to! (Especially here, where we don’t see the sun very often and could use a bit of color).

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20 Averie @ Averie Cooks February 11, 2013 at 10:06 am

Drop dead gorgeous images, Marla! The 2nd pic down/’”we eat the colors of the rainbow” – love that photo and message!

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21 kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts February 11, 2013 at 10:16 am

Marla, the photos of your soup are just gorgeous! Kiddos, too! Makes me want to eat a bowl of this soup right away, even though we’re having a tiny heat wave of temps in the 40s today in Ohio.

Thanks!

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22 fabiola@notjustbaked February 11, 2013 at 10:44 am

I love the bright colors, all I see is flavorful healthy! That is the way to eat. I will need to give this a go soon. My boyfriend, like you husband and dad, would do extra noodles too. My recent version, I add butternut squash, kale, and quinoa. The quinoa makes it so filling, and healthy. I Love these soups!

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23 Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 11, 2013 at 11:36 am

Such a pretty soup, I love the rainbow veggies!

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24 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking February 11, 2013 at 11:39 am

I love the look of this colorful, hearty chicken soup Marla! It looks perfect for warming up this winter. Thanks for sharing!

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25 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme February 11, 2013 at 11:53 am

Wouldn’t I love to have a bowl of this for lunch! It’s grey, rainy, and cool here. A day just made for soup.

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26 Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife February 11, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Love all of the colors and flavors in this soup, really gorgeous.

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27 Marian (Sweetopia) February 11, 2013 at 1:36 pm

I totally agree! There’s nothing like coming home to a warm bowl of delicious soup on a cold, winter’s day! Kinda wishing I had it already made for me. ;-) Will have to try it soon!

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28 Reem | Simply Reem February 11, 2013 at 1:53 pm

This is a complete bowl of perfection…
I can literary live on this, I can add may be some boiled noodles or rice and some pepper flakes… God I am already drooling..LOL
Perfect!

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29 Andrea DiGeronimo February 11, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Looks Delicious! The fresh ingredients and photography are dynamite. So beautiful.

xxoo, Andrea

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30 Jersey girl Cooks February 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm

What a beautiful looking bowl of soup! Cheese on the side is perfect. Adorable pics of the kids too.

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31 Marla February 11, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Thanks!! Always gotta have that cheese on the side :)

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32 Kankana February 11, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Absolutely loving the burst of color in this post and how can one not enjoy a comforting colorful soup!

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33 Jeanette February 12, 2013 at 4:34 am

I love soups with all different vegetables – the more colorful the better. I do the same with stir-fries. Eat the colors of the rainbow – that’s a great way to assemble any meal. Beautiful!

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34 Carla @ Carlas Confections February 12, 2013 at 8:53 am

Mmmm, I cant wait to make this soup! I am really digging the kale in there. Im a bit obsessed with kale at the moment :) I especially love how easy it is to throw together! Really looking forward to it! PS, I linked back to a couple of your quinoa posts in my latest post. Really looking forward to making some of those too!

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35 Shaina February 12, 2013 at 11:26 am

Gorgeous winter soup, Marla. I love the rainbow carrots.

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36 kelley {mountain mama cooks} February 13, 2013 at 10:13 am

This is gorgeous. And I’m with you, no noodles but a hunk of cheese on the side to fill me up! Love it for this time of year!

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37 Jennifer Tyler Lee February 13, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try, Marla. Thanks for sharing.

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38 Anastasia Halldin February 14, 2013 at 11:25 am

How colorful & delicious this soup looks! Plus, adding the kale really makes this soup a beneficial an awesomely healthy dish:)

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39 Matt February 19, 2013 at 4:16 pm

My wife is going to love this soup! If It’s half as good as it looks, :) which i’m sure it is.

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