Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Chickarina Soup

Whenever I make chicken soup, usually I am the only one who eats the boiled chicken in the pot.  Unless I take all the meat off the bones and add it back to the soup - yes they are totally spoiled!!!  I took all the breast meat off the chicken before cooking the soup and make some chicken meatballs - Chickarina!

For the soup:

Extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, smashed
2 large carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, sliced
4 fresh thyme sprigs
3 quarts low-sodium chicken broth, preferably homemade
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
Salt and Pepper to taste
Grated Parmigiano, for garnish

For the meatballs: 

1 small onion, diced
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 egg
1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
1 Tbsp. chopped parsley
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
Salt and Pepper to taste

Set a large stock pot over medium heat.  Add olive oil, half the garlic, carrot, onion, celery and thyme and gently saute until fragrant, 5-7 minutes.  Pour in chicken broth, parsley and salt and pepper to taste.  Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer while you work on the meatballs.

For the meatballs:  Caramelize the diced onion in a saute pan with a little olive oil over medium heat.  Add the chicken, egg, onion, thyme, parsley and cheese and breadcrumbs to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until they all come together.  Season with salt and pepper.  Heat a skillet with a few Tablespoons of olive oil.  Use a small ice cream scoop to drop meatballs onto skillet.  Cook turning until golden brown.  Once meatballs are browned, add to pot of chicken broth and simmer for 2 or 3 minutes.  Cook small pasta of your choice and serve with some grated Parmesean, olive oil and parsley.
~Adapted from Tyler Florence


  1. Sure looks good, wouldn't mind a bowl of that right now:@)

  2. This is one big pot of love! Very similar to my mom's with large chunks of carrots in it. I make meatballs but use ground beef, never tried chicken. Looks delicious. xo

  3. Mmmmm! One of my favorite soups. Sure wish I had a big bowlful!

  4. Those meatballs sure do look good! Cool idea to turn the chicken meat into meatballs instead of just dumping it into the soup (I like always do :) My daughter would LOVE this! Thanks for sharing this with Sunday Night Soup Night!

  5. So happy to find you through Weekend Potluck. Love the name of your soup and the chicken meatballs. What great comfort food. Would love for you to share on Thursdays Treasures http://fooddonelight.com/thursdays-treasures-week-68/

  6. WOW! What a great idea! Thanks so much for linking up at Weekend Potluck. Pinning your awesome creation!


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