Easy Chicken Minestrone Soup

A shredded chicken soup flavored with garlic, onions, tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, kale, pasta and beans. Deliciously finished, if you like, with Parmesan cheese.
Easy Chicken Minestrone Soup


  • 10 cups water
  • 1 chicken breast (half)
  • 1 onion (medium, finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 zucchini (diced medium)
  • 2 carrots (cut into rounds)
  • 3 cups kale (tough stems and ribs removed, cut into pieces)
  • 1 can tomatoes (14 ounces, diced)
  • 1 can garbanzo beans (15 ounces, rinsed and drained)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pasta (elbow pasta or small pasta shells)
  • Parmesan cheese (grated, optional)
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)
Prep time:
15 minutes
Cook time:
1 hour, 5 minutes
Total time:
1 hour, 20 minutes
Yield: 6 Servings | Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 1 hour, 5 minutes | Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes


1. Bring water with chicken to boil in a large pot. Reduce heat and simmer until chicken is cooked through, 40 minutes, skimming fat and foam.
2. While chicken is cooking, get veggies ready.
chicken minestrone photo instruction 1
3. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, 8 minutes.
4. Add garlic and cook, 30 seconds.
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5. Add tomatoes with juice and cook until most of liquid is evaporated, 5 minutes.
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6. Remove chicken from broth and set aside to cool slightly. Then shred into bite-size pieces. Return to pot.
7. Add veggies mixture to pot and bring to a boil.
8. Stir in pasta, carrots, kale, zucchini and beans, cook for 7 more minutes.
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9. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
10. Serve hot. Sprinkle each serving with Parmesan, if desired.


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Awesome minestrone!

melani_swift October 27, 2013 10:14 PM
I really loved the recipe. This chicken minestrone was easy to make and the flavor was amazing! My husband couldn't stop eating it! Can't wait to make this soup again!

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