Chicken Pot Pie Soup
Freezing weather is the over-welcomed house guest that just won’t go away. One way to make it all better is to make a pot of this chicken pot pie soup and snuggle up on the couch to watch movies. This soup is thick, creamy (without actual cream) and delicious, it’s a comfort bowl of heaven that comes together in an hour.
I love all things pot pie so this is one of my favorites. I like to serve it a bread bowl but it is still January, so if you’re sticking to your New Year’s Resolution guns and banning carbs, I understand …you can skip the bread bowl. If you’re doing no carbs but everyone else is, you can even serve it with warm buttery biscuits on the side if you want, all things are possible.
Okay let’s get this done.
- 1/3 cup of Butter
- 1 cup of diced Onion
- 2 Garlic cloves – smashed
- 1 tsp Thyme
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 1 tsp Turmeric
- 1 1/2 tsp Salt – divided
- 1/3 cup of Flour + 4 TBSPs reserved
- 6 cups of Chicken Stock – Unsalted
- 2 cups of Rotisserie Chicken – shredded
- 2 cups Frozen Vegetable Medley
- 1 tsp black pepper
- Bread Bowls
Note: If you don’t want your soup to have a yellowish tint, you can omit the turmeric.
Over medium heat, melt butter. Add in onions and all the seasonings (Garlic, Thyme, Bay Leaf, Turmeric, 1/2 tsp of Salt), stir to combine. Cook until they are soft and translucent about 5 minutes.
Sprinkle in flour.
Stir to combine.
Add in chicken stock and stir to make sure the flour is fully combined, scraping up any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Bring up to a high simmer for 15 minutes.
You can keep the broth of the soup this consistency or make it thicker. I made mine thicker because I was looking for a heavy soup for my bread bowl. If you like the lighter version, just skip to the step where you take out the bay leaves and garlic.
To make the soup thicker you can add in a slurry. A slurry is a mixture of flour and hot stock. This will allow you to thicken up the soup without cream. It’s important to use hot stock from your soup pot so that you can break down the flour and whisk out the lumps before adding it to your large soup pot. Trust me, do not add flour directly into your soup, you’ll be chasing flour lumps around and it’ll make you very frustrated..I did it the hard way so that you don’t have to.
In a separate bowl whisk together 4 TBSP of flour with a cup or so of hot stock from your soup pot, you may need more as it thickens up. It should look like this once it’s all combined and the flour lumps are gone.
Add the slurry into your soup pot and stir to combine.
At this point, remove the bay leaves and smashed garlic! You don’t want anyone to eat a bay leaf, it will harm the inside of their throat.
I forgot to do it before adding in the chicken and vegetables but it’s so much easier this before you add those two things in.
Now add in the chicken and vegetables.
Stir to combine and cook for 15-20 minutes. Season with 1 tsp of salt and pepper.
Add to bread bowls and serve immediately.