Quick Chicken Chickpea Soup

by jenna on January 9, 2013

If you guys have followed my blog for awhile, you probably know about my obsession with soup.

I really love soup for many reasons, including the fact that I am always cold and it warms me up and that it’s practically impossible to mess up. You just throw your whole kitchen into a pot, add some stock and call it supper. Amen.

This week my beloved is sick with whatever is going around right now — some sort of super yucky head cold. I’m a firm believer in food as medicine and when he whimpered that told me he was sick, I quickly whipped him up this steaming soup full of everything good for you in life.

Unlike some traditional homemade chicken soups that take all afternoon to make, this quick version only takes 20 minutes start to finish and I swear it’s just as good {although if you were to give me a bowl of my mom’s homemade chicken soup right now I might change my tune}.

The above photo shows a box of noodles that I never used.

I had grand plans to turn this into chickpea chicken noodle soup, but at the end I decided against it. There was already enough going on in that pot and no room for noodles after all the greens I stuffed in. Yes, greens! There’s tons of delicious wintery chard in here that guarantees a quick recovery time from whatever ailment you’ve got going on currently.

Now, my secret to this quick soup is my friend, mr. rotisserie chicken! I love me some rotisserie.

He adds lots of flavor to this soup, along with mega convenience! I’m a big fan.

There’s also jalapeno, ginger, gaaaaaarlic, carrots, celery and shallots. And tons of chickpeas. Slurpity slurp.

So next time you’re feeling a tad under the weather, try this! I can’t promise it tastes just like your mama’s but it gets the job done.

Quick Chicken Chickpea Soup

serves 4-6

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1 shallot, minced

2 large carrots, small diced

2 stalks celery, small diced

1 3″ knob ginger, peeled and minced

2 large cloves garlic, minced

1 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced

1 tbsp olive oil

2 quarts chicken broth

1 rotisserie chicken, roughly chopped

1 14.5 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

juice of 1 lemon

1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped

1 bunch Swiss chard, chopped


Saute the shallot, carrot, celery, ginger, garlic and jalapeno in the olive oil for about five minutes, until veggies start to soften. Pour in the broth and add the chickpeas and chopped rotisserie chicken. Bring to a simmer, then add the salt, pepper, lemon juice, swiss chard and parsley. Simmer until greens wilt (about five minutes) then serve.


20 minutes

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{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama January 9, 2013 at 4:10 am

I make soup about once a week in the winter. You’re totally right that soup is so forgiving. This one looks very healing. I hope it does the trick!


Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 9, 2013 at 4:20 am

Hope your hunny is feeling better!! This soup looks delicious 😀


Molly @ RDexposed January 9, 2013 at 5:07 am

It’s called the flu. Everyone has the flu. It’s pretty much the right of passage this winter.
(I really hope it isn’t the flu though!)


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 9, 2013 at 5:10 am

Mmmm this makes me feel all warm and cozy just looking at the pictures! Soup is one of my go-to meals in the winter because it’s so comforting, and like you said, you really can’t screw it up. I hope Adam feels better soon!


Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough January 9, 2013 at 6:04 am

The GREENS. So many greens in that soup! LOVE.


Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots January 9, 2013 at 6:24 am

this soup sounds amazing!!! I need it!


Kate @ quartercenturysouthernliving.wordpress.com January 9, 2013 at 6:44 am

This looks great! I’m a vegetarian but this soup looks like it would still be amazing without any meat. I will have to give it a try!!


Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} January 9, 2013 at 6:51 am

This looks yummy, especially with all the greens. Love the light-filled pictures. Hope your man feels better soon!


Kim @ The Family Practice Blog January 9, 2013 at 7:01 am

This looks so healthy and yummy. Get well soon soup indeed 🙂 I’m not typically a big fan of chickpeas so I might leave those out but this is definitey going on my list of things to cook this month


Brandi @ new 30 something January 9, 2013 at 7:06 am

This looks so good! I’d have to omit the chickpeas but I’m sure it will still taste amazing.


Brandi @ new 30 something January 9, 2013 at 7:06 am

By the way, hope Adam is feeling better!


joelle (on a pink typewriter) January 9, 2013 at 7:22 am

I like the name – “get better soon” soup! 🙂


Laura-Ashley January 9, 2013 at 7:29 am

This post is timed perfectly as I have now come down with the dreaded head cold as well. Hoping to get off work early and make me a pot of soup…I’m feeling better just thinking about it!


Rebecca @ cakeinacrockpot January 9, 2013 at 7:44 am

I hope your boy is feeling better 🙂


Brooke @beingvivacious.blogspot.com January 9, 2013 at 7:50 am

I LOVE LOVE chick peas


mary @ what's cookin with mary January 9, 2013 at 8:14 am

Seems like everyone’s getting this nasty bug! B had to go to Virginia in mid Dec and caught it on the flight… then I caught it 4 days later. Wow. It was 4 solid days of pure horrible-ness and then days and days of fatigue and congestion. Before I was down for the count I made us a massive pot of soup with a rotisserie chicken and tons of veggies also. I love your addition of jalapeno! I was laughing because I had intended on adding noodles, but by the time I was done there was no room in the pool!


Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe January 9, 2013 at 8:19 am

What a sweet fiancée you are! (bet it’s still fun to say that)
This soup looks lovely and healthy!


Dana January 9, 2013 at 8:34 am

This looks super yummy! Thanks for sharing!


sarah k @ the pajama chef January 9, 2013 at 9:21 am

this soup sounds amazing! we’ve been sick too. no fun, but a good bowl of soup helps everyone, huh?


Averie @ Averie Cooks January 9, 2013 at 9:33 am

20 minute soups and anything you can just throw together and turns out – those are my fave kinds!

And feel better, Jenna!


Caroline L. January 9, 2013 at 9:36 am

What a nice fiancee! 😉 This looks so hearty and soothing, I wouldn’t mind having four bowls of it, even health! Extra immunization, right?


Addy @ Six-Kick Switch January 9, 2013 at 9:57 am

I linked back to this recipe on my blog today, talking about using greens in cooking! This soup looks so delicious. It is definitely time for warmer meals!


Shannon D'J January 9, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Jenna, this soup looks fabulous! I love that you omitted the noodles and stuffed the pot with swiss chard. It’s right up my alley. And with jalapeno and ginger, my husband will love its spicy kick. Best wishes to Adam for a speedy recovery!


Sarah (Shh...Fit Happens) January 9, 2013 at 12:53 pm

This soup looks soo good, I wish it could get delivered! 🙂


K January 9, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Saw this recipe this morning … marched to the store to buy the ingredients and I am making this soup for dinner tonight! Feeling like I’m about to come down with something … sore throat, tired … hoping this soup will help me feel better! Looks great. THANK YOU!


Deanna - Coach Calorie January 9, 2013 at 1:36 pm

So packed full of goodness. Excellent recipe, thanks for sharing!


K January 9, 2013 at 5:25 pm

OKAY PEOPLE!!! I just made this soup for dinner tonight … been feeling a little under the weather and it just sounded SO GOOD this morning when I read about it here. Ummm, THIS. SOUP. IS. FABULOUS!! WOW, Jenna … seriously, this is the most delicious, flavorful soup (chicken or otherwise) that I have ever had or made – it is truly AMAZING! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the flavors of the ginger, parsley, lemon, Swiss Chard and everything else … I can’t wait to eat this for dinner tonight and probably for a few days for lunch afterwards this week too. I will be making this again and again – so healthy and so tasty. Your recipes are out of this world – a huge hit every single time! I never worry when I first make a recipe of yours, because I’ve made so many and they are ALL perfect and delicious! Thank you so much for sharing!


Carley January 9, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Awesome timing, we will be making this soon! Funny because I just made some soup the other day and had to add half the kitchen to make it taste kind of good. I’m excited for this!


Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl January 9, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Chickpeas are the perfect addition to almost any soup. As a vegetarian, I love the “meaty” flavor and texture that they provide. Plus, you cannot beat the added protein! 🙂


Tina Mol January 10, 2013 at 6:03 am

Your blog is STILL showing me others’ email addresses when I try and leave a comment.


jenna January 10, 2013 at 6:40 am

I really apologize – I’m forwarding this to my team and they are working really hard to fix the issue. It’s very frustrating!


Vid Luther January 10, 2013 at 6:45 am

Jenna and Tina,
Sorry for the issues. I’m trying to replicate the issue. Tina, what web browser are you using? Chrome, Firefox, Internet Exporer, Safari?


Vid Luther Firefox January 10, 2013 at 6:48 am

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Lillian January 10, 2013 at 7:05 am

I’ve had a cold for days and made this for dinner last night—delicious, especially the ginger! I already feel better. Yahoo!

P.S. It looks like there might be a comment glitch—a previous commenter’s name was left in the Name/E-mail field when I went to leave this one, just FYI!


Lillian January 10, 2013 at 7:07 am

Oh hehe, I just read all the other commenters’ mentions of this. Sorry!


Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit January 10, 2013 at 8:14 am

I am all about cutting corners in the kitchen without sacrificing flavor. So excited to have a quick “get better soon” soup recipe to file away for the next time I or my hubby are feeling a little under the weather. P.S. I hope your honey-bun feels better soon! 😉


Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite January 10, 2013 at 8:58 am

Holy incredible! The pictures of this soup made my mouth water. Looks simple and delicious.


Jacki January 10, 2013 at 10:52 am

that looks wonderful. You are lucky that Adam eats soup. Mike looks at me like I’m crazy if I prepare that as a main. He does like cranberries though and I need to send a belated thank you for the Vanilla Bourbon cranberry sauce. It was my first shot on making it myself and he loved it. He will just have to deal with the absence of the jellied can “rings”.


Ashley@cupcakesncrunches January 10, 2013 at 5:44 pm

I could have used this soup last week when I was sick.

This looks delicious and your photos are beautiful! You have a gift for photography!


Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles January 10, 2013 at 6:39 pm

I love your bird fabric in the background. Soup looks beautiful as well. I hope Adam feels better soon. Also, reading Language of Flowers now and loving it.


Tami@nutmegnotebook January 10, 2013 at 7:25 pm

I could eat soup everyday! Love all the greens in there and the healthy dose of ginger.


Moni @ {Moni Meals} January 10, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Yum Jenna! Works for me. Can’t wait to make it. 🙂


chanda January 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Made this soup last night and it was so delicious! Thanks Jenna!


Jill January 12, 2013 at 10:13 am

I live in Canada and own a kobo e-reader. I’m not sure how to get your book on my kobo? I guess I need to just buy it in a bookstore maybe? Since I live in Canada I don’t think I can order on amazon and otherwise (technology-unaware here) no idea how to just get it on my kobo. When I browse the books in my kobo bookstore gallery yours is not there. Thanks for any information Jenna. Email me maybe if I don’t get this via inbox.


Alli January 12, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I so need this soup right now. I’m sick with the flu and the only thing I find comforting is hot soup. Maybe i’ll try to find someone in my house to make this for me.

I hope your beloved feels better!


Angelina January 12, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Made this tonight for dinner as my roommate and I have been fighting a cold/congestion for weeks! We get better and then it comes back, well it came back strong for the roomie. I added cubed squash (pre cooked) as well- we had some, some spinach as we only had about half a bunch of chard, mushrooms- cause well why not, onion- cause we like onion, pinto beans because I don’t like garbanzo beans and used some ham stock because we had it. I served it with some rustic multi-grain bread. It was delicious!!!! Nose running inducing, tasty even when congested, hearty deliciousness!!! My roommate said this recipe is a keeper for even when you aren’t sick! Thank you for the recipe.


Dana October 17, 2014 at 5:53 am

this is such a great recipe for when sick!! All the goods!


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