Just as I say summer has officially arrived we get sick. Seriously who gets sick in the summer? We had a few wet days and Cia was out playing in the rain and ended up coming down with a cold. She was kind enough to share it with the whole household. Not one of us escaped sore throats and stuffy noses. Boo! But since we had a cloudy high 60’s day during this sickness I threw together a batch of soup.
Chicken thighs, homemade chicken stock, sweet potato, wild rice, and garden spinach. Simple and earthy. I don’t eat much rice these days but I love the flavor wild rice adds to broth. And since I was feeling creamy I threw in a can of coconut milk at the end. It’s not necessary but I like the added flavor.
Creamy Chicken & Sweet Potato Soup
A simple soup of vegetables, chicken thighs, rich homemade chicken broth, and coconut milk.
- 1 lb chicken thighs
- olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped (I used precut carrot chips)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced/pressed
- 1 large jewel sweet potato, chopped into large chunks
- 1/4 cup wild rice, rinsed
- 5-6 cups rich chicken broth
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 3-4 handfuls fresh chopped spinach
- Season chicken thighs with s&p. Heat up a tablespoon of olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Brown the chicken a few minutes per side in two batches. Set aside
- Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the pot and turn the heat down to low. Stir in the onion, celery, and carrot. Season with s&p. Cook 5 minutes until softened.
- Add the garlic, sweet potato, and wild rice. Cook for 2 minutes until garlic is fragrant.
- Stir in the chicken thighs and chicken broth. Turn the heat back up to medium high and bring to a boil. Return heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes until rice is tender.
- Stir in the coconut milk and pumpkin seeds. Warm through 5 minutes.
- Just before serving stir in the chopped fresh spinach.
I used homemade chicken broth which had a rich concentrated flavor. So I didn't feel the need to add in any extra spice other than s&p. But feel free to add in some thyme, basil, parsley, and/or bay leaves if desired.
The coconut milk may come across as too strong a flavor for some. So start with half a can and then add more.