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Roasted Chicken and Butternut Soup

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Bright butternut squash gives beta-carotene, vitamin C, and fiber to this satisfying soup.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, October 2010

Ingredients

  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 medium butternut squash (about 2 1/2 pounds), peeled, seeded, and diced medium
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced medium
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth or water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Fresh cilantro (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet, toss together chicken, squash, onion, and oil; season with salt and pepper. Arrange in a single layer and roast until squash and chicken are cooked through, about 30 minutes.

  2. Transfer chicken to a plate and let cool. Transfer squash and onions to a medium pot and add broth, cumin, and coriander. Bring to a simmer over medium-high. With a potato masher or back of a wooden spoon, mash some vegetables until soup is thick and chunky. Discard skin and bones from chicken; cut meat into small pieces and add to soup. Stir in lemon juice; season to taste with salt and pepper. To serve, top with fresh cilantro, if desired.

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  • gromiemehotmai
    12 AUG, 2016
    Delicious! All the family loved it, including my 3 1/2 year old and 10 months old sons. I made it with leftover roast chicken which I boiled a long time + picked every last piece of meat and skin off the chicken (no waste). I added a bit more freshly ground coriander seed than called for (about 1 teaspoon). I served it with cheesy croutons made from a piece of stale crusty bread I had, tossed in olive oil and shallow fried till golden, and finished off with a grating of mature cheddar. Yum!
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  • debinthelabyah
    12 MAR, 2016
    Excellent soup, very hearty. I took it to a party & everyone loved it, even the picky eaters. I had roasted a chicken the day before, so I just roasted the squash and onions with some of the leftover chicken drippings, then added diced meat from the leftover chicken, both white and dark meat. I will make this again. You could make the recipe even easier by buying already diced butternut squash and store-made roasted chicken. It was beautiful, too - the orange stew topped with green cilantro.
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  • tinmango
    2 OCT, 2014
    This was simple and delicious! Definitely will make again. I shredded a leftover rotisserie chicken breast, added some cinnamon and topped with crispy kale. Tasted and smelled just like autumn.
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  • Anne Pollitt
    18 JAN, 2014
    Made this stew tonight. Used chicken breast instead but we absolutely love this. The flavors are so good. Served it with some good Irish Soda bread I had made. Very, very, good! :)
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  • Beantown
    10 JAN, 2014
    Delicious. Followed the recipe exactly, but my chicken needed an extra 20 minutes in the oven.
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  • KristinArnors
    14 NOV, 2012
    This recipe is super good! Anything with butternut squash tastes delicious. I added some McCormick Hot Mexican Style Chili Powder to it for some extra flavor. It really underlined the roasting and cumin flavors and was a good balance to the sweetness of the butternut squash.
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  • thepagemage
    30 JUN, 2012
    Absolutely delicious, but I added corn cut off two cobs of corn and the leaves from a single bunch of kale. *to die for* I think adding chicken broth, and using half a roast chicken I already had on hand made this especially tasty :)
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  • JessDVM
    9 NOV, 2011
    Wonderful rich and savory soup! I made numerous times last winter and am excited to have it for dinner tonight! Simple, delicious and healthy!
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  • AElizabethJ
    22 OCT, 2011
    Really disappointing! I was excited to make this, based on the 5 star reviews, but this was a huge greasy mess - I should have used chicken breasts and maybe it would have turned out better? I ended up puree-ing it in hopes of salvaging it, instead of just tossing the whole thing. I don't know if I will be making this recipe again.
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  • Gayla
    7 OCT, 2011
    This is a favorite of my husbands. Big Hit at our house, and super easy.
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