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broccoli cheddar chicken

Chicken Cheddar Broccoli Soup

  • Author: Marie Bostwick
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


I was trying to make this healthier than normal, so the added punch of protein for the chicken, the skim milk, and the butter flavored olive oil really help slim this down. I also find that you can get away with using less cheese with you use a sharp cheddar.



3 tablespoons butter-flavored olive oil (or plain olive oil)

3/4 pound chicken thighs (boneless, skinless)

1 white onion, chopped

4 carrots, chopped

6 thyme sprigs

1/2 cup apple cider

6 cups low sodium chicken broth (use homemade if you can!)

4 cups broccoli florets

1/2 cup skim milk

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated, if possible)

Kick of Cayenne, optional

2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded, plus more for garnish

kosher salt + pepper


Over high heat, sear chicken on each side for about two minutes each, and season with salt and pepper. Remove from the pan.

Add the onions and season with a little more salt and pepper. Cook until caramelized, about 7 minutes. Add the chopped carrots and thyme and cook fo an additional 7 minutes.

Slowly pour apple cider and chicken broth and bring to a low boil. Add the chicken thighs and broccoli and cook, covered, for about 20 minutes until the chicken and broccoli are cooked.

Using tongs, remove the chicken from the pot and shred with forks. Remove any thyme sprigs from the pot.

Use an immersion blender to chop up the veggies in the pot. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can let everything cool and then use a blender. Just be really careful with hot soup in blenders! (Things can go south really fast. I know this from personal experience).

Add the skim milk, nutmeg, optional sprinkle of cayenne, and cheddar cheese. Simmer about 5 minutes more until the cheese is melted and then it’s ready to serve!

Pour into bowls, top of with a few shreds of cheddar and chopped thyme.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 50
  • Category: soup
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American