Kid-Friendly Chicken and Bean Soup
This is a family-friendly meal because not only will you love it but the kids will too. Getting the kids to eat their beans and vegetables can sometimes be a real challenge, as I am sure every parent knows. There are tips and tricks to disguise the vegetables or make them look more appealing, but sometimes we just want an easy recipe which is sure to appeal to the kids, right? That way we can avoid all that drama at mealtimes.
If you transform your beans and vegetables into a hot, comforting soup, adding some other tasty morsels into it such as bacon and chicken chunks, you can be sure the little ones will be eyeing up this soup with more interest than if you were to present a plate of chicken with vegetables on the side. That is one of the great things about soups actually, how tempting they are. Nearly everything that can be scooped up from a bowl using a spoon deserves the title ‘comfort food’ even when it is healthier than comfort food usually is.
Another great thing about soup is how many recipes are crockpot-friendly, and that of course makes preparing the recipe a breeze, since after you have dumped the ingredients into the slow cooker you just need to put the lid on, flip the switch and leave it for a few hours, after which your soup is ready to serve. We suggest you brown the bacon and onion first, then transfer them into the pot with the other ingredients. Use a leftover chicken breast for this recipe, or swap it for some leftover pork if you prefer. The green beans and carrots may be fresh or canned, as you prefer. Serve the finished soup with your choice of garlic toast or cornbread, for a delicious lunch or dinner. If you do not have a crockpot, the ingredients can be simmered gently for an hour in a pot on the stove instead.
- ½ lb chopped bacon
- ¼ chopped yellow onion
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 6 cups chicken stock
- ¼ cup celery
- ½ - 1 chopped, cooked chicken breast
- ½ cup green beans
- 4 large cans cannellini beans
- 2 cups chopped ham
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley or mixed dried herbs
- ½ cup chopped carrots
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Sauté the bacon and onions in the oil for 5 minutes.
- Pour the contents of the sauté pan into the crockpot.
- Stir in the chicken, beans, stock, celery, ham, parsley or dried herbs, and carrots.
- Cook for 4 hours on high or for 8 hours on low.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
- You might find you do not need salt, depending on the bacon and stock used.
- Divide the soup between 6 bowls and serve hot.
Are you looking for a healthy meal even the kids will love? Do you have some leftover chicken as well as beans, stock, veggies, and a crockpot? If so, the task is no longer ‘mission impossible’ because this recipe should suit you down to the ground. Boasting chicken, bacon, vegetables, and beans, this soup is easy to make and you can simply dump all the ingredients into your crockpot and leave it for 4 hours. The recipe is highly tweak-able so take your pick of beans, vegetables, and even swap the chicken for another kind of leftover cooked meat. This is perfect served with garlic toast or cornbread.
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