White Bean Chicken Soup

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Brightened with fresh dill, a squeeze of lemon juice and a little jalapeño, this garlicky white bean chicken soup is a fresh, modern take on classic chicken noodle soup. All the comfort, none of the carbs—just the way we like it. 

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Fresh vegetables laid out on a counter, lemons, onion, carrots, garlic, kale, sill and jalapeños

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We still have a little room in our retro hearts for the occasional little red can of chicken and stars, but most of the time our grown-up taste buds win out over nostalgic cravings. Classic chicken soup ingredients like chicken stock, carrots, onions and celery provide a sturdy base for more spritely, modern flavors like fresh dill, lemon juice and jalapeño. Creamy white beans and ripples of dark green Swiss chard provide an interesting and ultra-healthy compliment to meaty pieces of chicken, standing in for the more classic egg noodles. All of this deliciousness, and the (low-carb!) chicken soup recipe is easy, too? YEP! Read on, we’ll walk you through it. 

How to Make Chicken Soup

A hearty, warming bowl of garlicky, lemony chicken-bean soup is just five steps away. Here’s how to make our easy chicken soup (and just about any other chicken or vegetable soup, for that matter—these steps are basically soup 101): 

  1. Sauté! Onions, carrots, celery, jalapeño, bay leaf, garlic in oil until they’re soft and fragrant.
  2. Boil. Stir in the chicken stock, white beans, shredded chicken, and dill and bring the soup to a good rolling boil.  
  3. Simmer. Turn the heat down a little, and simmer until the flavors have merged—about 20 minutes. 
  4. Wilt. Add a squeeze of lemon juice along with the chard, and let it wilt. 
  5. Serve. Garnish with more dill, a squeeze of lemon juice and a little parmesan, if you’d like to. 

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How Are You Feeling? 

We hope this soup cures what ails you! It’s a great one to give as part of a meal train, or to make for yourself on a cold night when you need some bone-deep warming. However you enjoy it, and whomever you share it with, we want to hear about it! Snap a photo of your white bean chicken soup and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!

White Bean Chicken Soup

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, finely diced
2 large carrots, peeled and diced
2 celery stalks, finely diced
1 jalapeño, seeds removed and finely diced (optional)
1 bay leaf
3 garlic cloves, minced
8 cups chicken stock
2 14 oz cans of white cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2-3 cups shredded chicken, roasted or from a rotisserie chicken
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped (plus extra for garnish)
1 bunch Swiss chard, stems removed and roughly chopped
1 lemon, juiced
Parmesan cheese for serving

Method

  1. In a large pot heat oil over medium heat. Sauté onions, carrots, celery, jalapeño and bay leaf until vegetables are just tender. Add garlic and cook for 2 more minutes.
  2. Add in chicken stock, white beans, chicken, salt and pepper and dill. Bring to a boil then reduce to a swimmer. Simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
  3. Add chard and lemon juice and simmer for another 10 minutes. If you like it a little bit more "bright" add more lemon juice.
  4. Serve garnished with dill and shaved Parmesan.