Herby chicken & butter bean soup

Herby chicken & butter bean soup

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr

Easy

Serves 6
This rustic, chunky soup uses up leftover roast chicken and is packed with flavour from fresh rosemary, sage and thyme

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal363
  • fat19g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs19g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre7g
  • protein32g
  • salt0.8g
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Ingredients

  • 1 leftover chicken carcass, plus 225g meat (thigh or leg meat is best), or 4 skinless chicken thighs, plus 1½ litres chicken stock
    Chicken

    Chicken

    chik-en

    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • 2 tbsp olive or rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 2 onion, chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 6 carrot, chopped
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 3-4 sprigs rosemary, leaves picked and chopped
    Rosemary

    Rosemary

    rose-mar-ee

    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 3-4 sprigs sage, leaves picked and chopped
    Sage

    Sage

    sa-age

    Popular in both Italian and British cookery, sage has long, grey-green leaves with a slightly…

  • 3-4 sprigs thyme, leaves picked and chopped

    Thyme

    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 400g can butter bean, drained
  • crusty bread, to serve

Method

  1. If using a leftover chicken carcass, place in a large saucepan and cover with 2 litres of water. Bring to the boil, then cover with a lid and gently simmer for 20 mins. Meanwhile, heat the oil in another large saucepan. If using chicken thighs, add these and brown on all sides, then remove and set aside.

  2. Add the onions to the oil and cook for 10 mins until starting to caramelise. Add the carrots, herbs, spices and flour, and stir for 1-2 mins to toast the spices. If using a chicken carcass, strain the cooking liquid into the pan with the vegetables, otherwise add the browned chicken thighs and stock. Stir well, cover and simmer for 30 mins.

  3. If using chicken thighs, remove them from the pan, shred the meat and discard the bones. Add the meat (or the meat from the carcass) back into the soup, along with the butter beans, season and heat through for 1-2 mins.

  4. Use a hand-held blender to blitz the soup until smooth, or leave it chunky. Or blend about half, so it’s creamy but still has chunks of chicken, carrot and butter bean. Serve with extra pepper, and good crusty bread.

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Comments (5)

Jenneil1's picture
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Normally I love all the GF soups but I didn't like this one. Maybe personal taste but the texture was all wrong and there are many more better chicken soups out there.

bezann1's picture

one word DELICIOUS.
I made the soup using 3 chicken thighs and 2 chicken breast. I did add a knorr stock pot.

suzannedbyrne's picture
5

I have made this twice now. Lovely soup but even though I used 2 chicken carcasses to make the stock and simmered it for 1.5hrs, I still felt it needed some chicken stock cubes added to increase the flavour. Served with some warm homemade bread rolls.....goes down a treat with my two girls !

karenberrysauce's picture
1

Didn't manage to get the rating to work - I wanted to give the recipe 5 stars.

karenberrysauce's picture
1

I made this full of flavour soup for my husband and I and it was delicious. I like smooth soups and my husband prefers it chunky, I blended half as suggested which was a good compromise and we both enjoyed it

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