Winter Chicken Minestrone Soup

This hearty, homemade Chicken Minestrone Soup loaded with vegetables, chickpeas and shredded chicken is a healthy twist on the classic Italian pasta and vegetable soup. two bowls of Italian Minestrone Soup with vegetables and shredded chicken

Loaded with veggies like carrot and celery, this chicken minestrone soup is both healthy and comforting. For once, it doesn’t seem weird for me to post a winter recipe when we’re in the middle of summer in Australia.

It’s been raining almost non-stop since yesterday and as strange as it may sound, I’m really glad! The past week was so hot we could barely sleep at night. Anyway, this healthy yet warming and comforting minestrone soup is exactly what you need if it’s cold and/or rainy where you live. But it’s also good eaten cold 😉

 Many soup recipes are just starters but this minestrone here is actually a main dish. With a bowl of this healthy Italian soup, you’ll get everything you need in a single bowl: proteins, carbs, a little bit of healthy fat and it’s filling.

overhead shot of  Chicken Minestrone Soup with shredded chicken and vegetable cubes in a tomato broth

Traditional Italian minestrone soup is not unhealthy, as it’s made with fresh seasonal vegetables, but often there’s also pasta or rice added, which makes this soup a bit too high carb for my taste.

Instead of pasta or rice, I decided to add shredded chicken, which is an easy way to make a vegetable soup extra filling. And chunks of tender, juicy chicken in a rich tomato and vegetable broth? What’s not to love about that?

Though you might be surprised to find soy sauce and parmesan rind in the ingredients’ list, just bear with me, please. It DOES make a difference in the flavor department as it brings depth and a little je ne sais quoi to this Italian minestrone that you will love. Enjoy!two bowls of Chicken and Vegetable Minestrone Soup served in white shallow soup bowls

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Winter Chicken Minestrone Soup

This hearty, homemade Chicken Minestrone Soup loaded with vegetables, chickpeas and shredded chicken is a healthy twist on the classic Italian pasta and vegetable soup. 

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword chicken, comfort food, dinner party, easy, healthy snacks, Italian, simple, soup, warming
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 245 kcal


  • 1 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 2 chicken breasts about 1.5 lbs / 680 g
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 large brown onion chopped
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 can chickpeas 14 oz can / 400 g, drained and rinsed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 tbsp soy sauce tamari for gluten free
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes 14 oz (400 g)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 parmesan rind


  1. Heat 1/2 tbsp olive oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. When hot, add chicken breasts and brown on each side, about 3 minutes total. Remove from the pot and set aside.
  2. Add remaining olive oil (1/2 tbsp), garlic and onion and cook on medium heat until soft, about 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  3. Add carrot and celery, and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add chickpeas, bay leaves and peppercorns.
  4. Add chicken stock, water, soy sauce, crushed tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir to combine.
  5. Return the chicken breast to the pot, add parmesan rind and cover with a lid. Bring soup to a boil then reduce to low heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
  6. Remove chicken from the pot and transfer on a cutting board. Shred it using two forks (use one fork to hold the chicken steady and the other one to tear it apart) and return shredded chicken to the pot. Continue cooking for 15 minutes. Taste and adjust salt if needed.
Nutrition Facts
Winter Chicken Minestrone Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 /6th)
Calories 245 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 782mg34%
Potassium 839mg24%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 3715IU74%
Vitamin C 11.8mg14%
Calcium 83mg8%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Really love your recipe Marie.. but us Aussies know all about great food hey?
    Living in the Middle East but after 8 yrs coming home to Gold Coast in September and my life will be normal again, with normal food, normal everything! and can’t wait! Cheers!

    1. Oh that’s an awesome news, welcome back home! I’m sure it will change a lot of things for you, including the food 🙂 Enjoy!!

    1. Hi Dough! I find that with the soy sauce and the parmesan rind (plus all the other ingredients), the soup has enough salt to my taste but you think that’s not enough for you, simply taste it towards the end and add a pinch of salt or two! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. I love minestrone and I wish it always came without added pasta or rice, but with juicy shredded chicken instead! Isn’t chicken soup just the most comforting thing ever?

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