Listen up chicken pot pie lovers, this soup was made for you! <3
This recipe was one of those throw together weeknight soups that turned out to be so ridiculously delicious I was practically licking the bowl clean. Since my husband Tony LOVES my lightened up chicken pot pie recipe, I decided to recreate it but in soup form and of course, with a few healthy twists.
Ever since I made my creamy lightened up cauliflower broccoli cheddar soup last year, I’ve been obsessed with pureeing cauliflower in soups to create a creamy base that adds additional veggies — plus it just so happens to eliminate the need for dairy!
Therefore, this chicken pot pie soup has become one of my ‘accidentally whole30’ recipes. I say accidentally because I never really set out with the intention of making a Whole30 recipe. One of the reasons being that I don’t subscribe to diet culture or trends that eliminate entire food groups and put food groups into ‘failures’. I think you can still achieve a healthy, balanced lifestyle without following a restrictive diet for 30 days. (Food sensitivities and allergies are a much different subject.)
That being said, there are a lot of people who seem to love Whole30, and if done correctly it can be challenging, a way to reset your eating habits and does include plenty of fruits, veggies and lean meats.
Just remember that temporary diets aren’t the way to begin a healthy, balanced lifestyle. You have to find what works for you for long-term success, and a way of life that is beneficial for your mental health. That answer is different for everyone. At the end of the day, food is food and flexibility is essential to living a life you can enjoy. The bottom line, is do what makes you healthy AND happy.
What’s in this healthy chicken pot pie soup?
This chicken pot pie soup is one of those recipes you can throw together in just about 30 minutes. Everything cooks in one pot, including the chicken, making it an easy weeknight dinner to meal prep, make for your family or simply slurp up the entire pot yourself. It’s made with plenty of veggies and no cream, making it perfect for just about anyone to enjoy — especially when you come down with a cold, or if you’re just craving a cozy bowl of soup. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
- Chicken breast
- Yukon gold potatoes (the best for buttery, creamy texture)
- Cauliflower florets
- Dried or fresh thyme
- Unsweetened almond milk or cashew milk (or dairy milk if you prefer!)
- Low sodium chicken broth
- Frozen peas
- Freshly ground salt and pepper
What to serve with chicken pot pie soup
We normally serve our soup with classic buttery crackers or saltines, but you can also serve with biscuits or perhaps even some delicious honey pumpkin cornbread muffins.
Want some extra veggies?
If you’d like some more veggies in this soup, I suggest adding 8 ounces of baby bella mushrooms, which you can saute with the onion, carrots and potatoes. Fresh or frozen sweet corn is also another great option that can be stirred in with the peas. Yum.
Can I make it in my slow cooker?
Yes! This healthy chicken pot pie soup can be made in a slow cooker or crock pot with a few adjustments:
I hope you enjoy this chicken pot pie soup. If you make it, please leave a comment below and rate the recipe — I really appreciate it! xo.
Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Soup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 1/2 pounds uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast, diced
- Freshly ground salt and pepper
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 white onion, chopped
- 2 large carrots, sliced
- 3 cups diced yukon gold potatoes
- 3 cups finely chopped cauliflower florets
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme (or 1 tablespoon fresh thyme)
- 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk, cashew milk, skim milk, 2% (if you want a richer soup, you can use whole milk)
- 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup frozen peas
Place a large dutch oven or pot over medium high heat. Add in olive oil. Once oil it hot, add in diced chicken breast and generously season with salt and pepper. Cook chicken for 4-6 minutes or until thoroughly cooked and no longer pink. Remove chicken from pot and transfer to a large bowl; set aside for later.
In the same pot, add in 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, chopped onion, sliced carrots, diced gold potatoes, diced cauliflower and thyme. Saute for a few minutes until onion begins to soften, then add in milk, chicken broth and salt and pepper. Allow mixture to simmer uncovered for 10 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
Next remove 3 cups of the mixture from the pot and add to a blender. Blend until completely smooth (be careful while you do this!), then transfer puree back to the pot. Stir in cooked chicken and frozen peas. Allow mixture to simmer for 5-10 more minutes to thicken up a bit. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if necessary. Garnish with extra black pepper and fresh thyme, if desired. Great with biscuits or crackers, if you’d like.
To make this recipe vegan: if you want to make this recipe vegan or vegetarian, you can use chickpeas instead of chicken, and also be sure to use vegetarian broth and a dairy free milk.
Optional: Feel free to add ¾ cup of corn if not doing whole 30. If you'd like some more veggies in this soup, I suggest adding 8 ounces of baby bella mushrooms, which you can saute with the onion, carrots and potatoes.
Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by Eat Love Eat