Creamy Chicken, Broccoli & Cheese Soup

Tuesday 28 October 2014


When I was growing up we never, ever had broccoli to eat. I had never even heard of the stuff. My dad would only ever eat a few vegetables . . . peas, beans, carrots, swede, potatoes and once in a while corn, and so my mom never cooked anything else.

And more often than not . . . they came from a tin. Ugh . . . tinned vegetables.  Not so tasty . . .

Broccoli. The first time I ever had broccoli it was in Chinese food. I fell in love immediately! Both with the Chinese food (which I had never had growing up either) and with the broccoli. What were these tasty little green tree like vegetables???

It didn't take me long to find out, and I have been conducting a love affair with it ever since. Another one of the cruciferous family or Brassicacaea, the word broccoli is the plural of the Italian word Broccolo, referring to the flowering top of a cabbage. It's been around for several thousand years, although not eaten widely except in Europe until the past hundred or so . . . there are several different delicious kinds . . . ordinary, tender stem and my absolute favourite "purple sprouting"  to name just a few.

Here's a tasty way that I like to use it. Adapted from a recipe that I found on the BHG site. You can use frozen broccoli florets if you wish, . . . .  but when fresh broccoli is so readily available and inexpensive . . . why not use it????

Use fresh . . . it's a good thing.

This soup is sooooo tasty!

*Creamy Chicken, Broccoli and Cheese Soup*
Serves 4 to 6 depending on how hungry you are
Printable Recipe

A wonderfully creamy soup filled with the lovely flavours of chicken, broccoli and cheese. This is a deliciously wonderful way to warm up on these cooler autumnal days. The cheesy croutons are the perfect capper!

4 bone in chicken breasts, skin discarded
1 litre of chicken broth (about 4 1/2 cups)
1 head of broccoli, chopped (about 4 cups)
(stems and florets)
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
1 stalk of celery, trimmed and chopped
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
1 425g tin of creamed style corn (about 2 cups)
8 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese, grated
125ml  milk (1/2 cup)
125ml  heavy cream (1/2 cup)
salt and pepper to taste

For the croutons:
1 small baguette
softened butter
2 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese

Place the chicken breasts in a large saucepan and cover with the chicken broth. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the meat is cooked and separates easily from the bones. Scoop out with a slotted spoon to a cutting board and set aside. Add the broccoli, onion, celery and garlic. Once again bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are just tender. While your vegetables are cooking, remove all the meat from the chicken bones and cut into bite sized pieces. Once your vegetables are tender, using a stick blender, blitz it a few times. You don't want it completely pureed, so keep a few of the broccoli florets intact. Add the chopped chicken, cheese, corn, milk and cream. Heat through gently, stirring to melt the cheese. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

To make the croutons, slice your baguette into 1 inch thick slices. Butter each slice lightly on each side. Heat your grill to high. Place the slices onto a baking sheet and toast under the grill, flipping over to toast them on both sides lightly. Remove from the grill and sprinkle evenly with the cheese. Pop back under the grill until the cheese is melted.

To serve, ladle the soup into hot soup bowls and float several croutons on top. Delicious!


  1. Sounds great for the coming months Marie!

  2. Sorry to sound like a broken record but I would LOVE this! xoxo

  3. haha Valerie. I love your broken record! xxoo

    Thanks Monique, you are right, it's getting to be soup weather now! xxoo

  4. I'd never heard of broccoli as a child either. My parents grew a lot of their own vegetables and while there were cabbages, cauliflower and even brussel sprouts in our garden, there was never broccoli. I eat all vegetables, so I would have gobbled it up if I'd known about it. I think it started being popular in the 1980s as I recall my son loved his "pasta with little trees" when he was a lad.

    I made this for dinner this evening. It's been a wet and windy day - ideal soup weather. There is no creamed corn to be found here, but I've found a great substitution (boiling together canned corn, evaporated milk and a little cornstarch) that works a treat. The soup was deliciously creamy and very filling and those cheese croutons are very dangerous to have around - I could have eaten a whole plate of them!


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