Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Leftover Maven: Chicken, Sausage and Kale Soup

Since I'm eating healthy these days, what better thing to have for dinner than soup?

It's great to have a leftover rotisserie chicken carcass with meat. You can throw it in some chicken broth, onion, carrots, and celery and make an enriched stock in 20 minutes. With it, you can make any kind of soup.

With some kale, one of my friend Kate's potatoes from her garden, and some Trader Joe's spicy italian sausage, I had the makings of a delicious and nutritious peasant soup.

Chicken, Sausage, and Kale Soup

1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 a large carrot
1 celery stick
1 leftover rotisserie chicken carcass and any meat, skin removed
2 cans College Broth Inn chicken broth

2 Italian chicken sausage, cut in slices
1 potato, cubed
2 carrots, cubed
2 celery, roughly chopped
1 bunch kale, stemmed and chopped
Italian seasoning

Take carcass and pull off any big pieces of meat and set them aside. If there are little pieces of meat on the carcass, that's okay. Break the carcass into 2 or 3 smaller pieces.

Heat 2 tsp. of oil in a pan and brown chicken sausage. Remove sausage and set aside.

Add onion and sweat over medium-low heat until translucent, adding a little more oil if needed.

Add chicken broth, chicken carcass, carrot and celery, adding a little more water if necessary to cover the chicken. Simmer for 20 minutes.

While the chicken broth is simmering, cut the chicken you set aside into bite-size pieces.

When the chicken broth is done, strain the chicken bones and veggies, from the broth. Defat the broth if you want. Add the broth back to the pot and bring it to a simmer.

Taste stock and season with salt and pepper, and Italian seasoning. Add carrots, celery, potatoes, and chicken sausage. Cook until tender and then add cut up chicken and kale. When kale wilts, the soup is done.


Weight Watchers Points = 3 per serving if 6 servings.


zurin said...

Im with you here Ninette. healthy food is my aim too. but sometimes i tend to wander into aimlessness. but this soup looks good and I love thin soups as opposed to creamy soups. Its the asian tastebuds in me I suppose.

Sophie said...

MMMMMMMMM,....what a tasty & healthy soup in 1 meal!

La Table De Nana said...

I'm in a soup mood too w/ a poorly feeling husband..~Fun to have ings from friends:)

It looks so good Ninette!

Chocolate Shavings said...

Now I know what to do with the kale sitting in my fridge!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the quick fix for my leftover chicken. I used my own stock + water, omitted the sausage. It was GREAT.