This delicious bowl of Spicy Chicken and Vegetable Soup is packed with healthy vegetables, amazing flavour and is really easy to make. The only hard part is chopping the vegetables.
This time of year I can't get enough of soup. It's warming, filling and a great way to get that 5 a day of vegetables.
I make at least one pot a week this time of year because I am often busy and if I want to stay on plan, I need to have something on hand that I can heat up quickly for lunch or dinner.
Soup really doesn't need to be boring either, you can combine some amazing ingredients to make a delicious complete meal in a bowl or if your soup is pretty basic, top with some yummy toppings to bring it up another level.
Some of my favourite toppings to add to soup to turn it into a filling meal, is some cooked protein, like chicken, sausage, meatballs, ground meat or for a veggie option, I like crispy kale, sauteed chickpeas, roasted butternut squash or sweet potato. So many possibilities for yummy toppings. You could even add in some cooked pasta, rice, beans or lentils. Doesn't have to be a huge serving, just a small amount that will bulk it out and make it more filling is plenty.
You could even top with some grated cheese as part of your healthy extra A choice if it is a soup that would be complemented well by some grated cheddar, parmesan or feta. Yum!!
This spicy chicken and vegetable soup, is a great way to use up some leftover cooked chicken from Sunday dinner, or it would even work well with leftover cooked turkey at Christmas, you are not adding the chicken, until the very last minute, so no need to worry about it being overcooked and dry. It literally is just a case of stirring it in it.
Often when I make my Slow Cooked Chicken, I will use the leftovers to make this soup, as my kids love it, and I know it's a way of getting them to eat all those good veggies. Sometimes they can be a bit picky about having just plain vegetables on their plate, but in a soup, they will literally eat anything.
You can control the amount of spice too, by how much cayenne pepper you add, if you like it really spicy, add a little more, to your desired heat. ¼ of a tsp is just the right amount for us, a small kick of heat without being overpowering.
We like our soup to keep some chunks of vegetables, so I just add in my Immersion Stick Blender like this Koölle Electric Powerful 3-in-1 800 Watt Hand Stick Blender to the pot before I add in the chicken and coriander (cilantro) and roughly blend. What that does is thickens up the soup, but not to the point that it resembles baby food. Smooth soups have their place, but this one is far better with some little pieces of vegetables, trust me on that one!!
If you only have a regular blender, I recommend adding half the soup to the blender, then you can blitz that amount till smooth and stir it back into the rest of the soup before adding the chicken.
I made a big pot of this Spicy Chicken and Vegetable Soup this week, so it was perfect for quick meals. It's Thanksgiving today in the US, which means tomorrow is Black Friday here in Canada and I always hit the shops for the sales. I know, I know call me crazy, but the crowds don't bother me, it actually feels rather festive seeing everyone out doing their Christmas shopping and some of my favourite stores are not too busy. So this soup will be perfect for heating up for dinner when I get in.
This soup can also be made in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker and I will put instructions for that below too. It is the best kitchen gadget I have purchased.
It is basically a 7in1 cooker, and it slow cooks, pressure cooks, saute’s, has settings for soup, chilli, rice, porridge and even makes yoghurt (I haven’t tried that yet).
If you love soup recipes like this one, I also have these other delicious soup recipes below:
- Syn Free Loaded Baked Potato Soup
- Syn Free Turkey Taco Soup
- Spicy Roasted Parsnip and Sweet Potato Soup
- Vegetable and Pearl Barley Soup
- Chicken Butternut Squash Coconut Curry Soup
- Chicken, Bean and Rice Soup
- Syn Free Chicken and Vegetable Soup
- Syn Free Split Pea and Bacon Soup
- Syn Free Spicy Sweet Potato, Red Pepper and Carrot Soup
and if that’s not enough to choose from, don’t forget my FULL RECIPE INDEX with over 500+ delicious Slimming World Recipes.
Why not get a pot of this going on the stove or in your pressure cooker today, you will love having this on hand to heat up, trust me.
What kitchen items do I need to make this Syn Free Spicy Chicken and Vegetable Soup?
- Deep Saucepan or Instant Pot
- Kitchen Scales
- Measuring Jug
- Measuring Spoons
- Immersion Stick Blender
- Wooden Spoon
- Santoku Knife (perfect knife for chopping veg)
- Chopping Board
How to make this Syn Free Spicy Chicken and Vegetable Soup
- 1 onion, diced finely
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 2 tsp of freshly grated ginger
- 1 leek, sliced
- 1 large carrot, diced
- 200g (7oz) of zucchini (courgette), diced
- 300g (10.5oz) of butternut squash, diced
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 cup (240ml) of passata)
- 6 cups (1.44 litres) of chicken stock
- 1 tbs of cumin
- 1 tbs of coriander
- 1 tsp of turmeric
- 1 tsp of paprika
- ¼ tsp of cayenne (reduce or increase depending on how spicy you like it)
- 300g (10.5oz) of cooked shredded chicken (I use a mixture of breast and thigh meat)
- salt and black pepper
- ½ cup (120ml) of fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped (optional)
- spray oil
- Spray a deep pot over a medium high heat with spray oil
- Add the onion, leek and carrot, season with salt and pepper and fry for a minute
- Add a little bit of stock (approx ¼ cup - 60ml), and reduce it down, till onions, leeks are translucent.
- Add the garlic and ginger and saute for 1 minute
- Add the butternut squash, red pepper and zucchini.
- Stir in the spices
- Add the passata and stock.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 mins
- Roughly blend with an immersion stick blender (or add half the soup to a regular blender, blend till smooth and return to the pot)
- Add the chicken and cilantro (coriander), and mix to combine, stirring till heated through.
- Ladle into bowls and enjoy!!
- Set to saute mode
- Spray with spray oil and once hot, add the onion, leeks, and carrots
- Season with salt and pepper, add a ¼ cup of stock and fry till onion and leeks are translucent.
- Add in the garlic, ginger, butternut squash, pepper, zucchini, spices, passata and remaining stock.
- Add lid, close valve
- Set to high pressure for 10 mins.
- Quick release pressure.
- Roughly blend
- Set to saute mode, add the cooked chicken and cilantro and stir till heated through.
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Nutrition InformationYield 5 Serving Size 1 serving
Amount Per Serving Calories 201Total Fat 2.7gSaturated Fat 0.5gCholesterol 52.5mgSodium 421.9mgCarbohydrates 23.4gFiber 5.9gSugar 7.6gProtein 22.2g