Sunday, February 19, 2012

Swiss Chard Chicken Soup

Swiss Chard Chicken Soup recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Don't you just love steaming hot bowls of soup in the wintertime? We had quite the cold snap here in the desert last week. (I'm pretty sure we stayed under 70 degrees at least once!) That was all the excuse I needed to start a pot of soup for dinner.

Fresh vegetables were sauteed for just a few minutes and then simmered with tomatoes and Italian spices. With the addition of the Swiss chard and cooked chicken right at the end, this was a meal that came together very quickly with great results. 

Swiss Chard Chicken Soup
(printable recipe)

2 cups cooked chicken, diced bite size
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped into 1/2" pieces
1 green bell pepper, chopped into 1/2" pieces
1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
1 28 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/2 - 2 teaspoons kosher salt - start with 1/2 teaspoon, taste and adjust salt as needed, with homemade chicken stock you will want to use plenty of salt to boost the flavor of the soup
4 - 6 cups chicken stock
5-6 pieces of Swiss chard, I used rainbow chard

In a large pot, over medium heat, combine the olive oil and garlic. Saute for about a minute and then add the onions and bell peppers. Stir occasionally until the vegetables are tender, but still crisp. Add the tomatoes and tomato sauce, the seasonings, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and the chicken stock. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer for 20 minutes. Taste and adjust salt as needed.

While this is simmering, wash and pat dry the Swiss chard. Remove the stems and sliver them. Add the stems to the pot. Chop the rest of the leaves into bite size pieces. Set aside. After the soup has simmered, add the chicken and the chard leaves and simmer another 5-10 minutes. When the greens are tender and the chicken is warm, it is done. Enjoy!

Swiss Chard Chicken Soup recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen


  1. I'm not a 'greens' person, but I know I should be. I want to be, so I'll try this soup, somehow you manage to make chard look tempting.
    PS your 'cold snap' sounded pretty fierce! if we got up to 70 degrees I'd be in flip-flops.

    1. Is there a time of year when I am not supposed to wear flip flops? I must have missed that... I truly love my boots, but I just don't get to wear them often enough!

  2. LMAO over your "cold snap". It must have been miserable ;)

  3. What a healthy and wonderful soup! Send some of your cold weather my way, Mary ;)

  4. This soup sounds wonderful. I am with everyone else, I would take your cold snap any day, we had weather in the low 30s today and we thought we were having a heat wave.

  5. Swiss Chard is one of my favorite greens. Versatile and always so delish! Love the clean combination of flavors in your soup.

  6. I love soup year round...but especially on a cold night! Thank you for sharing. I'm sorry I was absent last week...I've been traveling back and forth from Houston. I hope you have a fantastic start to your week. I'm about to get baking again!