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Rainbow Veggie Chicken Soup

Rainbow Veggie Chicken Soup


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Apparently I have a thing for rainbows. Two recipes in the past week have been rainbow-y. Last week it was a Roasted Rainbow Carrot Tart (a sweet, delicious tart ~ have you tried it yet?)

Today we eat the colors of the rainbow in a soup chock full of chicken and vegetables!

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I make this soup often, especially in the cooler months. It is my dads favorite, so when he comes to visit I’m sure to have a pot bubbling away on the stove.

Whenever I cook this for my parents ~ my dad begs my mom to make soup exactly like this back where they live in NY.

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She rolls her eyes and says to my dad “you LOVE my chicken soup ~ but OK ~ Marla send us the recipe.”

This exchange has been going on for about 4 years now. I sense some jealousy but we won’t get into that.

Why has it taken me sooooo long to post this recipe? Quite frankly I just add all the ingredients to a large soup pot, season to taste and never measure anything. It is usually gone that night or by the next day without a chance to photograph it.

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Mom, dad and blog pals ~ here it is finally.

The simplest chicken soup you will ever make! Grab as many colorful veggies as you can. No stress. Fuss free.

I like mine with just veggies, chicken and a big hunk of cheese on the side.

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My kids, hubs and dad like heaps of noodles in theirs.

Have fun with the vegetables you use. Choose your favorites.

Sometimes I use regular potatoes, in this case sweet potatoes. Sometimes spinach, sometimes kale.

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Most of the time I use fresh dill, there was none in the store so bright flavored cilantro was a great alternative.

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Here in Telluride  food availability can be slim pickins at times, so I need to make quick adaptations to some of my ingredients.

Change is good though right?!

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There is nothin’ like coming into a warming bowl of soup after a long day of winters play in the fluffy white snow!

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Rainbow Veggie Chicken Soup

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Rainbow Veggie Chicken Soup


  • 1 pound Chicken Breast (cut into bite sized pieces)
  • Olive Oil
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, diced
  • 1 Red Onion, chopped
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • 1 bunch Rainbow Carrots
  • 8 cups Low Salt Chicken or Vegetable Broth
  • 1 bunch Kale, tear into pieces remove ribs
  • a few handfuls Cilantro
  • Black Pepper
  • Green Onion, finely sliced


  • Trim zucchini and carrots into bite sized pieces. Pierce sweet potato with a sharp knife several times. Microwave 5 minutes to soften. Cut into bite sized pieces. Heat olive oil in a large soup pot over medium high heat. Add garlic & onion, cook about 5 minutes to soften. Add chicken and brown for about 5-6 minutes. Add zucchini, carrots and sweet potato (not kale). Cook another 3 minutes. Add broth to the pot. Bring to a boil, add kale and handful of cilantro. Simmer with a lid for about 20 minutes or until all the veggies are tender. Season with pepper. Top with sliced green onion.

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41 Responses to Rainbow Veggie Chicken Soup

    • Hi Heidi! Great to see you here :) Thankfully I stumbled upon those beauties at the market the other day. Funny ~ I could not find dill, but rainbow carrots were a lovely surprise!

  1. I love the bright colors, all I see is flavorful healthy! That is the way to eat. I will need to give this a go soon. My boyfriend, like you husband and dad, would do extra noodles too. My recent version, I add butternut squash, kale, and quinoa. The quinoa makes it so filling, and healthy. I Love these soups!

  2. I love soups with all different vegetables – the more colorful the better. I do the same with stir-fries. Eat the colors of the rainbow – that’s a great way to assemble any meal. Beautiful!

  3. Mmmm, I cant wait to make this soup! I am really digging the kale in there. Im a bit obsessed with kale at the moment :) I especially love how easy it is to throw together! Really looking forward to it! PS, I linked back to a couple of your quinoa posts in my latest post. Really looking forward to making some of those too!

  4. […] Chicken Soup: I haven’t had homemade chicken soup in so long! I also rarely buy chicken broth but I picked up some and it made it so much more flavourful. This makes a lot but the recipe is delicious, comforting, and simple! Instead of using chicken breast I ended up adding chicken I had cut off from a whole chicken (skipped the ‘browning’ step in the recipe). I had potatoes from my harvest box so I replaced the sweet potato with 4 small potatoes. […]

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