- 1 broiler/fryer chicken (4 pounds), cut up
- 13 cups water
- 5 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cubed (about 10 cups)
- 1 bunch kale, trimmed and chopped
- 6 medium carrots, chopped
- 2 large onions, chopped
- 3 teaspoons salt
- Place chicken and water in a stockpot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until chicken is tender.
- Remove chicken from broth. Strain broth and skim fat. Return broth to the pan; add the squash, kale, carrots and onions. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
- When chicken is cool enough to handle, remove meat from bones and cut into bite-size pieces. Discard bones and skin. Add chicken and salt to soup; heat through. Yield: 14 servings (5-1/4 quarts).
Full-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.
Reviews for Colorful Chicken 'n' Squash Soup
"I've made this soup a couple of times. It has become one of my favorites. I love how versatile it is also, you can use chard or spinach, you can even add white beans and you can switch from butternut squash to pumpkin or even sweet potatoes. Also instead of water, I use chicken broth."
"Instead of adding the kale with the other vegetables, I chop it coursely and put some in the bottom of each bowl and pour the hot soup over the top, The kale is just lightly cooked and the taste doesn't overpower the rest of the vegetables."
"This soup is delicious but the broth needed more flavour and I knew that from reading the reviews and recipe. I added chopped carrots, celery, onions and a bay leaf to the chicken and simmered it for about 2 hours. I then strained the broth to get all of the cooked vegetables and chicken out of it. I discarded the vegetables and removed the meat from the chicken to put aside for later and then discarded the bones and unusable chicken parts. Then I continued on with the recipe as it goes and added 1 tsp. thyme, 1 clove minced garlic and a bay leaf and cooked until the vegetables were tender. Then I added the chicken and spinach and let it cook for about 5 more minutes. It was delicious. I would have given a 5 star but the broth really lacked in flavour as listed on the recipe."
"Was great. I brought leftovers to work and got rave reviews. Will make again."
"This was pretty good. The only changes I made was; I substitute onions with green onions, fresh garlic, 2 chicken breast, cut the cooking time for the chicken to 45 minutes, and added 2-3 Tbsp of soy sauce for tasting. The next time I'm going to make this with fresh spinach instead of kale. The kale was over-powering and it didn't match to the soup. If I made this with spinach, I would rate this 10 stars.And yes, I did de-bone the meat and shred it and I kept 2-3 bones in the soup for the flavor."
"Good with cabbage instead of kale, too!"
"One of my most favorite soup recipes of all time. The spinach and butternut squash make this soup very colorful as well as flavorful."
"I have made this recipe several times, but it definitely needs some spicing up. Last night, instead of chicken,t I used andouille sausage and added some fresh ground black pepper, and that did the trick. My husband raved about it and said that I could make it any time! A little less healthy, but a lot more flavor!"
"I was quite disappointed in this recipe. It was an "okay" soup, but nothing great or special, and definitely not worth the work that went into it. I really don't understand why it was awarded the grand prize in the Feb/March 2007 issue. I think there are much better soups than this. It probably won because of the "health" factor. I started making this around 2:00, and we were eating dinner by 4:30... just to let others know how long it took. I did have all the vegetables (except the kale) chopped and ready earlier this morning. This soup was good enough to try one time, but I won't be making this one again."