Sunday, December 16, 2012

Cream Cheese, Chicken & Veggie Soup

This soup was easy to make and very good.  My husband LOVED it.  I made this a while ago and he still talks about it.  I used a grocery store rotisserie chicken for this.  I removed all the meat, chopped it and set it aside, and then boiled the bones to make the broth to use in the recipe.  Other options are using leftover chicken or turkey from another meal, or just use raw chicken and cook it along with the veggies & broth.
Cream Cheese, Chicken & Veggie Soup
adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe

2 tablespoons butter
1 yellow onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 stalks celery, diced
1/2 cup diced carrots (about 2 regular carrots or a handful of baby carrots)
3 cups chicken broth
2-3 potatoes, un-peeled and finely diced
1 cup milk (I used 1%)
4 tablespoons flour
1 (8 oz. package) regular OR light cream cheese
2-3 (about 1 pound) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and diced

1.  In a large pot, melt the butter and add the onion, garlic, celery and carrots. Saute, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes, until the veggies are slightly tender and the onions are translucent. Add the chicken broth and potatoes. Bring the soup to a simmer* and cook, partially covered, until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.

2.  In a liquid measuring cup, vigorously whisk the flour and milk together until smooth. Whisk the mixture into the soup, stirring quickly, and cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, until the soup begins to thicken slightly. Stir often to ensure the soup doesn’t burn.

3.  Soften the cream cheese in the microwave until it is very soft/melty. I usually place the unwrapped cream cheese on a plate and microwave it for one minute at 30% power. Make sure it is really, really soft so it doesn’t leave lumps in the soup. Add the cream cheese to the soup in small tablespoon-size pieces. Let the pieces sit in the soup and warm through then whisk or stir the soup until the cream cheese melts and mixes in well. Add the cooked chicken and heat through. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.

*If using raw chicken, add it now.

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