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.
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- Servings: 4
Photography: David Malosh
- 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)
Heat a medium heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add fennel seed; cook, stirring, 1 minute. Transfer to a plate.
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.
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.
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.