Sometimes when you’re sick, the only thing that sounds good is a warm bowl of soup. When I was recently ill, that’s the only thing I was craving! I looked through my cupboard to try and find the lowest carb soup in a can. I found a chicken rice soup with 12 g per cup and, because I was in no shape to make a homemade pot of soup that day, I ate it…and was very disappointed. There was very little chicken, lots of rice and even more potatoes! My blood sugar soared through the roof, much more than a serving of 12 carbs should have caused. The next day I was determined to make my own soup! And it turned out so delicious, very comforting and I ate it over the next several days as I recovered. Cauliflower rice in this recipe tastes and has the same texture as real rice! The broth was richer and more flavorful than anything you’ll find in a can. The real trick to this recipe is to brown the chicken, skin side down, in the Dutch oven or saucepan until crispy and a fond collects in the bottom of the sauce pan. Then, once you add the rest of the ingredients and broth, the fond is incorporated into the soup adding exceptional flavor. I hope you find this recipe as comforting as I did, especially on a sick day.
Keto Chicken and Cauliflower Rice Soup
Makes about 6 servings
12 ounces bone-in chicken thighs with skin (2 large thighs or 3-4 smaller)
2 carrots, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1 large rib celery, diced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
4 cups chicken stock or bone broth
2 cups frozen cauliflower rice, thawed
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. In a large Dutch oven or large, heavy saucepan, place the bone-in chicken thighs skin side down and heat over medium heat for eight minutes or until the skin has rendered its fat and is crispy. Turn the chicken over and continue cooking for another five minutes. Remove the chicken to a plate to rest while you continue making the soup.
2. Add the carrots, onion and celery to the saucepan, along with about 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and sauté until the vegetables are tender crisp and the onion is translucent. Add the garlic, thyme and poultry seasoning and stir for 30 seconds. Add the chicken stock and, with a wooden spoon, scrape the bottom of the pan until the accumulated fond is incorporated into the broth.
3. Add the chicken back into the pan and bring to a simmer. Cover and gently simmer the soup for 45 minutes. Test the temperature of the chicken with a probe thermometer. It should be at least 175°F. Remove the chicken from the pan and onto a plate to cool. Add the cauliflower rice to the soup and stir. Turn off the heat and allow the soup to sit, covered, while the chicken cools.
4. Once the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the skin and bones from the chicken and discard. Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and return the chicken to the pot. Reheat the soup, adding salt and pepper to taste. Simmer gently for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy and get well! (This soup can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.)
Nutritional Information per serving (1 cup): 150 calories, 4.7 g carbohydrate (1.5 g dietary fiber, 2.5 g sugars), 6.2 g total fat (1.7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 54 mg cholesterol, 414 mg sodium, 27.9 mg calcium, 214 mg potassium, 1 mg iron, 819 IU Vit A, 16 mg Vit C, 18.3 g protein. Net carbs per serving: 3.2 grams
Photos and recipe by Kathy Sheehan, copyright 2022
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