This is a super easy and versatile recipe that is one of my go-to’s when I’m counting calories. It’s easy to make, fills you up (see if you can even eat the whole bowl), and makes you warm from the inside. It’s as easy as making a bowl of ramen noodles, but with actual nutritional value…
I make this for lunch when I’m tired of salad with chicken. I make it for dinner when the kids are eating MacD’s or mac and cheese or something else that won’t fit into my day. I eat it when I’m saving calories for something special like dinner out with my husband.
This recipe is super budget friendly if you can buy the chicken from Costco or use leftovers from another meal, but you can change the ingredients to whatever you have on hand and make more expensive versions if you’re not counting cash along with your calories.
This recipe has a lot of sodium from the bouillon and canned chicken. If you are watching sodium, be sure to use a low sodium broth and leftover baked chicken from home.
Easy Chicken Broccoli Soup
- 1 Chicken Bouillon Cube or other broth
- 2 Cups Fresh or Frozen Broccoli
- 1/2 of a 12 oz. can of Kirkland Chicken Breast drained or any 4-6 oz. leftover chicken (baked, rotisserie, etc)
- Spices or Hot Sauce to taste (I like garlic, pepper, dry mustard and poultry seasoning)
Add 2 cups of water and bouillon cube or broth and water to make 2 cups liquid to a small saucepan. Heat on high until boiling and bouillon dissolves completely. Add chicken and broccoli and continue cooking until broccoli is hot but still fairly crisp (about 3 minutes from frozen). Add spices to taste. Pour into a really big bowl and allow to cool a bit before taking a bite.
Add-in option ideas:
If you’re not on a super tight budget or have other things to use up in the kitchen you can try some other options. These are just ideas, use whatever you like:
- Use any frozen vegetables like mixed veggies, cauliflower, asparagus or Brussels sprouts
- Use any broth like vegetable broth, beef broth or bone broth (I’ve even used the sauce packet from a package of ramen in a pinch…)
- Add a handful of fresh spinach or power greens right at the end
- Add fresh minced or canned garlic or some green onions
- Add diced fresh or canned mushrooms
- Only if you want to add more calories/carbs: Add leftover cooked quinoa, brown rice or farro
Recipe nutrition facts for Basic Recipe:
- Calories: 172
- Protein: 25.3
- Fat: 2.95
- Carbs: 13.08
- Fiber: 4.7
- Sodium: 1267.5 <–That’s almost a whole days worth!!