Chicken Soup w/ Sweet Potato, Crimini, Leek,& Kale

Terrie Hoelscher


I first saw this recipe in a cooking magazine, & I thought "Yuck! Sweet potato - in a soup!?" But I know Kale is very healthy for us, and I love sweet potatoes and mushrooms, so I thought I'd give it a try, anyway. Was I ever pleasantly surprised!!! It's delicious. I added the leek; it was not in the original recipe. I don't know what the magazine was - some healthy cooking magazine. I never even looked at the cover, and didn't copy the recipe down. Just made a good mental pic. of it in my head, and came home and winged it. It's delicious, and very, very healthy! Great for a cold, snowy day!

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10 Min


25 Min


Stove Top


2 Tbsp
olive oil, light
boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 Tbsp
garlic and herb seasoning
2 qt
low sodium chicken broth
2 medium
sweet potatoes
2 c
crimini mushrooms, sliced (also called baby portobellos)
1/2 c
leek, sliced thin (whites and greens)
4 c
fresh kale, torn away from rib (leaves only)

Directions Step-By-Step

Heat olive oil in a med.-sized skillet. Trim any fat or sinew away from chicken breasts. Sprinkle and season the chicken breast w/ the garlic-herb seasoning. Rub seasoning all over, both sides.
Cook chx. breasts over med-low heat, until nicely browned. Set aside. They don't need to be cooked thoroughly all the way through ... they will finish cooking in the soup.
Pour 2 qts. of low sodium chx. broth into saucepan or soup pot; turn heat to med-high and begin heating the broth while preparing veggies.
Pare and peel potatoes, clean and slice mushrooms, slice leek into 1/8" slivers. I use some of the green part, too, for color. Tear kale away from the ribs; discard ribs. Tear kale into about 1" pieces.
Add all veggies to the chicken broth.
Cut up the two pre-cooked chicken breasts, and add them and all the juices to the soup pot.
Turn heat to medium, bring everything to a slow simmer, then cover and turn to low. Simmer on low for about 25 mins, or until the sweet potatoes are soft and the kale is tender.

No need to season further, if you've used a mixed seasoning blend, like Mrs. Dash. I did add a little pepper to mine, at the table, and it gave it a nice 'kick'.

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