Chicken vegetable soup

Chicken & Vegetable Soup
Makes 6-8 servings, depending on how hungry you are!
Suitable for a PV day


3 cloves garlic
2 medium onions
2 courgettes/zucchinis
2 carrots
4-5 sticks of celery
2-3 tomatoes
2-3 chicken stock cubes (or to taste)
1 bag of baby spinach
1 generous handful of barley (when dried)
2 chicken breasts

1. crush garlic and chop onions into small bits (don’t worry about going too fine.) Throw in large soup pot and soften, stirring regularly.  If the onion threatens to dry out and burn, add a little water
2. While onions are softening, chop the courgettes, carrots, celery and tomatoes into smallish cubes (again, don’t worry too much about size) and throw into the pot as you go, stirring regularly.
3. Mix the chicken stock cubes in hot water from the kettle, pour into pot and ensure that the vegetables are covered over with hot water.  Bring to the boil, cover, and turn down to simmer.
4. While the veggies are cooking, put the chicken breasts in a small baking pan, and put in the oven for 40 minutes at 180 degrees centigrade.
5. Remove chicken to cool once cooked
6. Put on a small pot of boiling water, and put the barley on to boil.
7. Once the chicken is cool enough to handle, get in there with clean fingers and shred it into thin strips, set it aside.
8. Turn off the heat under the soup pot.  Get a hand blender, and blend the vegetables to the consistency you want from your soup – I like them well mixed, cause studies have shown that they keep you fuller for longer that way.
9. Add the chicken to the soup, and blend again briefly – this will cut some of the chicken shreds into teeny bits, but will leave some in strippy bits for added texture.
10. bring the whole thing to the boil again, and cover.
11. chop the baby spinach into thin slices, and add to the pot.
12. test the barley – if it’s softish, drain and add to the pot.
13. Add salt & peer to taste, serve! 🙂

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Abi on August 31, 2010 at 2:36 am

    ‘Two steps forward, i step backward…3 forward!!!!’ That is synonymous with my Dukan Det weightloss but I am thankful…I’ll get there in the end!…no rush!!!
    By the way, Charlotte, are you sure about the handful of barley? is it allowed or tolerated?


  2. A handful of barley ends up being nothing in the finished soup – we’re talking an 8th of a handful in the final soup. I’d not call it unlimited, but it works for me! 🙂



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