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Grilled Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Posted: 09/21/2011 09:26:15 AM
Tags:  comfort food, zucchini, chicken breasts, Italian recipes, vegetable soup, chicken soup, soup recipes, vegetables, carrots, onions, tomatoes, grilled chicken, chicken recipes, chicken

The other day, I was browsing through recipes on RecipeTips.com trying to decide what to make with my abundance of garden vegetables. With autumn upon us, a hearty vegetable soup sounded really good to me, and with my love of grilled food, the recipe, "Grilled Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup," looked like it would be perfect.

Grilled Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup

I was fortunate that all of the vegetables and herbs called for in the recipe came out of my garden: tomatoes, carrots, onions, zucchini, oregano, basil, and parsley; so the soup was inexpensive to prepare. I even had some chicken breasts in the freezer, so I didn’t have to make a trip to the store. In addition to the fresh tomatoes, the recipe called for canned tomatoes with Italian seasoning, but I omitted the canned tomatoes (which I didn’t have on hand) and used an equal amount of fresh garden tomatoes in its place. I simply added a sprinkling of garlic powder and black pepper, as well as a bit more basil and oregano to make up for the extra Italian seasoning that would have been included had I used the canned tomatoes.

Now for the grilled part: As suggested in the recipe, I grilled skinless boneless chicken breasts, which were seasoned with lemon pepper. After the chicken cooled sufficiently, I simply chopped it into bite-size pieces and added it to the soup, which, by the way, I cooked in a large pot on the stovetop, using canned chicken broth as a base for the soup.

Some of you might ask, “Why take the wonderful flavor of grilled chicken and drown it in a bowl of soup?” Well, the grilled taste really isn’t lost; in fact, it does so much to enhance the flavor of all the ingredients in the soup. I found this recipe to be very satisfying—one of those "comfort foods" that so many of us begin to crave this time of year. I hope you enjoy it!

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