Creamy Chicken Spinach Soup Recipe

Plain and simple — soup is good for the soul. No matter what kind of soup that you have the pleasure of enjoying, it's usually always something that hits the spot. Let's be honest: Have we have ever met a soup we didn't like? While you can surely eat soup in the summer months, it's appreciated even more once the weather turns cold. Just imagine sitting nestled up by a cozy fire on a gloomy evening with a bowl of soup in hand, perhaps while streaming your favorite Netflix show in the background. If that doesn't give you all the warm and fuzzies, then we don't know what will!

The great part about this chicken soup is that it's super filling, but it's also full of wonderful, healthy veggies that will make you feel good about eating it. Recipe developer and private practice registered dietician Kristen Carli came up with this fantastic recipe that hits the spot. "This recipe is a hearty meal, but still very nutritious," she raves. Keep reading to find out how to make this tasty soup.

Gather the ingredients for this creamy chicken spinach soup

The first step you need to take is gathering all of the items required to put this dish together. For starters, you will need some olive oil and a diced yellow onion. The recipe also calls for some white mushrooms and a few cups of chicken broth, which is a common ingredient in most soup recipes.

Moving down the list, be sure to get some heavy cream, salt, and pepper. The last two items that you will need are spinach and a few skinless chicken breasts. As a reminder, make sure to check your pantry and fridge first for items you may already have at home.

Sauté the onions

Are you ready to get started on this hearty soup? If so, grab a large pot, and put it on your stove. This is the only dish that you will need for the recipe, which makes it really easy to clean up. 

Crank the heat up to medium, and drizzle the olive oil inside the pot. Once the pot and oil get hot, toss in the onion. (Remember, you should have chopped it in advance to save time.) Sauté the onion until it turns translucent. "You can stir the onions occasionally," Carli notes. This shouldn't take more than five minutes.

Sauté the mushrooms

Once you have finished sautéing the onions, just keep them in the pan. Then, add the mushrooms into the mix. These two veggies go together like peanut butter and jelly! (As a reminder, you should have purchased pre-sliced mushrooms, making this step easier, too.)

Continue to sauté the mushrooms until they shrink in size. As with the onions, this should only take about five minutes or so. "Feel free to add other veggies in this soup, too! Carrots, celery, parsnips, or cauliflower," Carli notes. Choose your favorites, and make the dish your own.

Add the other ingredients

Go ahead and add the chicken broth to your pot. Next, add the heavy cream and the salt and pepper for a little added flavor. The chicken broth and the heavy cream will give the soup a nice, thick consistency. 

Stir the mixture to combine everything well. Then, add your spinach and chicken. The chicken should already be shredded, making this step super quick and easy for you to add in. It won't take long for the spinach to wilt, and while it may seem like you are putting a lot in, remember that it will cook down a ton. 

Boil the soup, and serve

Now that you have all of your ingredients added to the pot, turn the heat up, and bring the liquid to a boil. Once you see bubbles reach the top of the surface, lower the heat to a simmer for at least 10 minutes. Once those 10 minutes are up, you can take the soup off the heat, and serve it.

"I like it best served with a hunk of bread for dipping," Carli notes. We also think that some oyster crackers would go well. If you happen to have some soup left over, Carli has provided some storage tips. "Leftovers store best in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days," she shares. Whether you are serving this scrumptious dish for lunch or dinner, we are sure this bowl of soup will hit the spot!

Creamy Chicken Spinach Soup Recipe
5 from 67 ratings
The great part about this creamy chicken spinach soup is that it's super filling, but it's also full of veggies that will make you feel good about eating it.
Prep Time
5
minutes
Cook Time
30
minutes
Servings
8
Servings
chicken spinach soup in bowl
Total time: 35 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 8 ounces sliced white mushrooms
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, shredded
Directions
  1. In a large pot over medium heat, add the olive oil.
  2. Once hot, add the onion. Sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the mushrooms. Sauté until the mushrooms have shrunken in size, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken broth, heavy cream, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  5. Add the spinach and chicken. Stir to combine.
  6. Bring to a boil, and lower to a simmer. Simmer for at least 10 minutes.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 277
Total Fat 16.8 g
Saturated Fat 8.1 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 95.8 mg
Total Carbohydrates 9.8 g
Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
Total Sugars 4.9 g
Sodium 594.1 mg
Protein 21.6 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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