Skinny Thai Peanut Chicken Soup

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If any of you are a bit hesitant because of the peanut butter in this soup, don’t be! It’s amazingly delicious!!! The peanut butter is not overwhelming, but gives this soup a depth and amazing richness. This soup is so hearty, satisfying and chock full of good-for-you ingredients. It includes chicken and a variety of chopped veggies, lots of fresh spinach, whole wheat couscous with a nice spice to it. The skinny for 1 main course serving, 228 calories, 11 grams of fat and 6 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.  I hope you’ll give it a try…And if you do, I’d love to hear what you think!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


Ingredients

1¼ cups yellow onions, diced

1 cup carrots, diced

1 cup celery, diced

½ cup red bell peppers, diced

Cooking spray, I like olive oil cooking spray

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

1½ teaspoons chili powder

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

6 cups reduced sodium chicken broth, I used Swanson’s

2 cups cooked chicken breasts, diced or shredded, see shopping tip

1 (14½ ounce) can diced tomatoes

⅔ cup chunky or creamy peanut butter, see shopping tip

⅓ cup dry instant whole wheat couscous, see shopping tip

4 cups fresh spinach leaves

½ cup scallions, chopped (optional, for topping)


Instructions

1. In a microwave safe plate or bowl, add onions, carrots, celery and red bell pepper.
Cook in microwave for about 4 minutes until vegetables are softened.

2. Coat a large nonstick pan or soup pot with cooking spray.  Add cooked vegetables, garlic, chili powder and red pepper flakes.  Sauté for about 1 minute.  Stir often.

3. Stir in broth, chicken and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes.

3. Stir in peanut butter with a fork. Make sure the peanut butter gets well blended.  Add couscous, spinach and mix well.  Cover, remove from heat.  Allow to sit 5 minutes.

3. To serve: Ladle 1¼ cups into each bowl.  Garnish each serving with 1 tablespoon chopped scallions, if desired.

4. This soup will keep in the refrigerated for several days. Leftovers are wonderful for lunch. This soup freezes great, too!

Makes 8 main course soup servings (each serving 1¼ cups)


Healthy Benefits

Most of the fat in this soup comes from the peanut butter. Peanut butter is an excellent source of protein and healthy fats. Peanut butter contains the same ratio of saturated to unsaturated fats as olive oil, says Harvard Medical School. The poly and monounsaturated fats in the spread can help to lower your risk of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes. For the healthiest choice, look for brands that have no oil or sugar added.

Whole wheat couscous (tiny pasta) is loaded with fiber. In fact, 1 cup cooked of whole wheat couscous has 7 grams of fiber. Whole wheat couscous derives from the whole grains of durum flour.


Shopping Tips

Trader Joe’s sells delicious natural, unsalted, crunchy peanut butter.  Laura Scudder’s also makes a natural, crunchy peanut butter.

Trader Joe’s sells packages of cooked, sliced or chopped, chicken breasts that are really tasty. If you buy a cooked chicken from the supermarket, be sure to remove the skin before chopping and adding to this dish.


Serving Tip
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This main course soup is very hearty. To complete the meal, I love serving it with my Skinnylightful Asian Chicken Broccoli Slaw Salad except I leave out the chicken. It doesn’t need it with this soup. This salad normally makes 4 main course salads. Cut each serving into 2 and this entire recipe will make 8 side salads.  A simple mixed vegetable salad or mixed greens salad will also work with this soup.

 

Weight Watchers (old points) 5
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 6

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (1¼ cups)
228 calories, 11g fat, 19g protein, 19g carbs, 5g fiber, 552mg sodium, 4g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 serving
278 calories, 16g fat, 18g protein 16g carbs,, 4g fiber, 560mg sodium, 4g sugar

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37 Responses to “Skinny Thai Peanut Chicken Soup”

  1. Ugochi Says:

    I love peanuts very much and have bookmarked this page. I am definitely going to try it out and I believe I am going to be glad I did. Thanks for sharing.
    Visiting from Titus Tuesday, have a super blessed day!
    Love
    http://www.ugochi-jolomi.com

  2. admin Says:

    Thanks…Enjoy!

  3. Danielle Says:

    I just finished eating a bowl of this soup. It was fantastic. I recommend it to anyone, very lucious and cozy on a cold night. Thank you for sharing!

  4. admin Says:

    I love your review Danielle…Thanks so much for sharing it! I’m delighted you enjoyed this soup!

  5. Laura Abbott Says:

    This recipe was so tasty! My 1 y/o daughter was even slurping up the broth at dinner. Thank you for sharing.

  6. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for your feedback Laura. I’m so impressed that your 1 year old daughter has such a sophisticated palate! Amazing…
    With best wishes,
    Nancy

  7. Courtney Says:

    Is there something I could use in place of couscous? I don’t have any and really want to make this soup for lunch!

  8. admin Says:

    Courtney, you could add a little cooked rice or brown rice or even a little cooked pasta. Just add any of these to the cooked soup.
    I hope you enjoy your lunch!
    Best regards,
    Nancy

  9. Elaine Says:

    I made this soup for a friend’s “soup night” and everyone thought it was amazing. I love it and the fact that it’s healthy. It’s so good that I can even get my boyfriend to eat it!.

    I’m making it again today.

    Thanks

  10. admin Says:

    Thanks for the wonderful feedback Elaine! How fun that your friend has a “soup night.”
    Best wishes,
    Nancy

  11. Time Flies When You’re Having [A Crazy Busy Semester] | SHO DAV'S LAW BLOG Says:

    […] up, Skinny Thai Peanut Chicken Soup. The boyfriend LOVED this soup and I did, too. It’s hearty and spicy and perfect for a cold […]

  12. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for including my recipe for Skinny Thai Peanut Chicken Soup! I’m so happy you and your boyfriend enjoyed it.
    Best of luck to you in law school!
    Nancy

  13. Elaine Says:

    Our family loves this soup. I omit the chicken and then add different proteins (prawns, steak, etc). I also use as a sauce over rice noodles or rice. Do you know how many calories it would be without the chicken? Thank you for a great website!!

  14. admin Says:

    I’m thrilled you family loves this soup Elaine! If you omit the chicken, the calories would be 176.
    All the best,
    Nancy

  15. Christy Says:

    Do you think this would work with PB2?

  16. admin Says:

    I’m not sure Christy. I’ve never tried it with PB2. If you do, I’d love to hear how it turned out.
    Best of luck,
    Nancy

  17. Tanusree Says:

    besides being healthy, this soup sounds so wholesome and delicious. Thank you so much for sharing your soup at Tasty Tuesday. I am featuring you this week. Hope you’ll drop by to grab your featured button.

  18. admin Says:

    I’m so excited Tanusree. Thank you! I’ll drop by on Tuesday to grab the button.
    With my very best wishes,
    Nancy

  19. janet Says:

    Thank you for this recipe. I made this last night with PB2 and it was delicious!!

  20. admin Says:

    Wonderful Janet. I’m so happy this recipe worked for you!

  21. tasty tuesdays #40 Says:

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  22. Jen @ West Street Story Says:

    Great recipe! Thanks for stopping by Tasty Tuesdays last week to link this up. I chose it as one of my feature recipes for the week! Have a great week and see you at Tasty Tuesdays again soon!

    http://www.weststreetstory.com/tasty-tuesdays-40/

  23. admin Says:

    I’m so excited that you featured this recipe on Tasty Tuesday! I love sharing at your link party each week Jen.
    Thanks so much.
    All the best,
    Nancy

  24. Jo Anne Says:

    I started this recipe by cooking a whole chicken and using most of the broth (about 12 c.), and using meat from all but the breasts. I doubled all the other ingredients, substituted 3 small handfulls of Basmati rice because I didn’t have the couscous. I also used up what was left of 2 bags of baby spinach that was not quite fresh enough to use for salads. The amount of red pepper flakes I used, a little less than a whole tsp,. made it too hot for me, but it may not be for you. All and all, this is a good tasting soup and it used up items I had in the refrigerator and on my shelves. I will probably make it again.

  25. admin Says:

    Thanks for sharing all the things you did with this recipe Jo Anne!

  26. martha@ simple nourished living Says:

    This soup looks delicious. I recently made a slow cooker thai beef dish that was good, but I thought would be better as soup. I’m going to do a little tweaking of that recipe and this to make a slow cooker version of this Thai peanut chicken soup. Thanks for the inspiration. I’ve committed to using my slow cooker every day for a year to make WW friendly recipes, which is turning out to be a bigger undertaking than I realized.

  27. admin Says:

    I hope this soup works out for you Martha. The peanut butter makes it taste so good!

  28. Friday fun and recipe | hot mess express Says:

    […] Hey kids!  So sorry I’ve been slacking.  I tried another new recipe from skinnykitchen.com.  That Nancy knows what she’s doing over there.  I made this Chicken Thai Peanut soup and it is pretty delightful.  http://www.skinnykitchen.com/recipes/skinny-thai-peanut-chicken-soup/ […]

  29. admin Says:

    You are the best Amanda. Thanks so much for sharing another one of my recipes!

  30. Vanessa Says:

    Is the couscous included in the ww pp 6?

    Thanks. Looks so good! I’m going to try it this week.

  31. admin Says:

    Yes the couscous is included. I hope you enjoy it Vanessa!

  32. Paula Kiger Says:

    Sounds delicious!

  33. Carol Cassara Says:

    Want to be your tester.

  34. admin Says:

    Come on over Carol!

  35. admin Says:

    Thanks Paula. Enjoy!

  36. Estelle Says:

    This looks delicious Nancy. Pinning it!
    Estelle

  37. admin Says:

    Thanks for sharing Estelle!

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