Creamy Chicken and Potato Soup Made Skinny



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A wonderful cross between mom’s comforting chicken soup and cream of chicken soup and it’s absolutely delicious! it’s chock full of chicken, veggies and potato chunks. Most soups like this are super thick but my skinny version is much lighter in texture but very filling. 
Each large (2 cup) main course serving has just 217 calories, 7 grams of fat and 4 Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints. No one will believe this hearty soup is that low in fat and calories!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes


Ingredients

1½ cups potatoes, (baking, russet potatoes) peeled and diced

1 cup onions, chopped

1 cup carrots, chopped or sliced

1 cup celery, sliced

3 tablespoons reduced fat butter or Smart Balance Light

2 teaspoons fresh garlic, minced

½ teaspoon dried thyme

Salt and pepper, to taste

4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, I used Swanson’s

2 cups (8 oz) raw chicken breasts, (boneless, skinless),diced into small pieces

1 cup reduced-fat milk (2%)


Instructions

1. In a microwave safe bowl or plate, add potatoes, onions, carrots and celery. Cook in microwave for about 6 minutes until soft.

2. In a large nonstick pan or pot, melt butter.  Add garlic and cooked vegetables. Season with thyme and a little salt and pepper, if desired. Mix well. Cook for 3 minutes. Stir in chicken broth and raw chicken. Mix well. Bring up to a boil then down to low heat to simmer, for 20 minutes. Stir often. Mix in milk. Continue to simmer for 10 minutes, until chicken is cooked.

Makes 4 serving. Each main course serving 2 cups.


Healthy Benefits

There’s been many studies on the health benefits of chicken soup. Although studies have shown it’s not a cure for the common cold, it does help alleviate some of the uncomfortable symptoms that come with it.

Potatoes are high in vitamin C and have more potassium than a banana. They also contain fiber and iron.

 

Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints 4
Weight Watchers SmartPoints
5
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 5

SKINNY FACTS: for 2 cup serving
217 calories, 7g fat, 4g sat. fat, 44mg chol, 19g prot, 20g carbs, 4g fiber, 769mg sod, 6g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
109 calories, 3g sat. fat, 3g sugar, 3g protein