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Baby-Artichoke and Chicken Soup

If you can't find baby artichokes, use four regular (globe) artichokes. Trim and steam them, then quarter them lengthwise.

  • prep: 40 mins
    total time: 50 mins
  • servings: 4
Photography: David Malosh

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Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 2 tablespoons safflower oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 leek, trimmed and thinly sliced, washed well and drained (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • Pinch of red-pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 12 baby artichokes (about 2 pounds), steamed and halved or quartered lengthwise
  • 1 bunch arugula, leaves torn if large (2 cups)

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Heat a medium heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add fennel seed; cook, stirring, 1 minute. Transfer to a plate.

  2. Step 2

    Add 1 tablespoon oil to pot; swirl to coat. Season chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt; coat with flour and shake off excess. Add half of chicken to pot. Cook, turning, until golden brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining oil and chicken.

  3. Step 3

    Reduce heat to medium and add leek, garlic, and pepper flakes. Add vinegar and 1/2 cup broth, scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon. Cook, stirring, until vegetables are tender, about 6 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Add remaining 1 1/2 cups broth, 3 cups water, fennel seed, chicken with any accumulated juices, and artichokes. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer. Cook until chicken is tender, about 10 minutes. Season with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Divide arugula among 4 shallow bowls, ladle in soup, and serve.

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Martha Stewart Living

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