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Chicken Soup for the Chilly Soul

by Dishing Up the Dirt

Prep Time: 20 minutes  |  Cook Time: 1 hour  |  Serves: 6-8


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 1 large russet potato, cut into small dice
  • 1 small rutabaga, cut into small dice
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs (about 5) preferably bone-in thighs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-2 quarts chicken stock
  • 2 cups cooked white cannelloni beans, if from the can rinsed and drained
  • 1 bunch of kale, tough stems removed and torn into bite sized pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • fresh parmesan cheese for serving


  1. In a large dutch oven heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, celery, carrots, potato, rutabaga and cook, stirring often until they begin to soften up. About 3-5 minutes.
  2. Remove the skin from the chicken thighs but leave the bone in (this will result in a deeper and more rich broth) Move the vegetables to one side of the pan and drizzle a little oil in the open space. Add the chicken thighs in a single layer (it’s okay if they’re snug) and sear for about 3 minutes per side.
  3. Add the bay leaf and 1 quart of chicken broth to the pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 25 minutes. Using a slotted spoon remove the chicken thighs from the pan and place them on a large plate. When cool enough to handle use two forks to shred the chicken. Discard the bones and return the shredded chicken to the pot. (if the chicken is still a little pink at this point thats okay- you’ll continue to simmer)
  4. Stir in the beans and kale. Season the soup with salt, pepper and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. If the soup is too thick add additional stock until you reach your desired consistency. Simmer the soup for an additional 15 minutes so all the flavors have  a chance to melt together.
  5. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese.


  • Use this recipe as a guide
  • Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary
  • Cooking times will vary from kitchen to kitchen

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