This creamy chicken & broccoli soup uses cauliflower cream to make a healthy, hearty soup. Low calorie, Paleo and gluten free.
Winter is coming. I can’t say that anymore without thinking of The Game of Thrones or Jon Snow. I like thinking about Jon Snow, but I digress. When the weather starts to cool, I start to make soup, like this creamy chicken & broccoli soup. Because I’m using a cauliflower cream to thicken it instead of flour, this creamy soup becomes a healthy, Paleo and gluten free soup. Best of all it’s hearty and tasty!
Have you made cauliflower cream yet? It’s very easy and if you haven’t you should give it a try. Take my basic recipe below and add herbs and spices to make it your own. It’s a great tool to have for healthy cooking. Cauliflower is such a delicious and versatile vegetable. I have many good cauliflower recipes if you are interested that you can check out here.
So you can see I really like my cauliflower and also using cauliflower cream. To make cauliflower cream, I first cook cauliflower florets and retain the cooking liquid. Then I add the cauliflower, olive oil, nutritional yeast, and spices to a high speed blender along with a little of the cooking liquid. Blend on high and you have your creamy cauliflower mixture!
So now you can make any creamy soup you like. Today I was in the mood for chicken and broccoli for some reason. I always keep cooked, chopped chicken breast in the freezer for soup. I just thawed that and steamed some broccoli I had on hand. The base of this soup is chicken broth. I used water and Better than Buillon (affiliate link) because I feel like it adds a lot of flavor to all my soups. You can just use canned broth or powdered bouillon, but you might want to add a bit more seasoning for taste.
Creamy Chicken & Broccoli Soup
So that my friends is all there is to it. You can make this recipe in less than 30 minutes and have a healthy, deliciously creamy soup! Even though I won’t get to see what happens to Jon Snow until next spring, I’ll have this soup to keep me warm this winter. Enjoy!
1 serving = 264 cal / 12.8g fat / 17g carbs / 6.9g fiber / 23.7g protein = 10.6g net carbs
Creamy Chicken & Broccoli Soup (using cauliflower cream)
- 4 cups cauliflower florets
- 1/2 onion chopped
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 2 cups broccoli chopped
- 1 cups chicken cooked and chopped
- 1 Tablespoon Better Than Bouillon
- 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup water
Creamy Cauliflower Sauce:
In a pot add cauliflower and enough water to almost cover florets.
Cover and cook until cauliflower is tender.
Once the cauliflower is tender drain but retain the water.
Add the cauliflower to a high speed blender or food processor. To that add the olive oil, yeast, onion powder, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper and 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
Puree until smooth.
For The Soup:
Cook broccoli in the microwave for 4 minutes.
In another saucepan melt butter and sauté onions until translucent.
Add broccoli and chicken to the onions and stir.
Add the 1 cup of water and Better Than Bouillon. You can substitute 1 cup of chicken broth if you wish. Simmer for a few minutes.
Add pureed cauliflower mixture to the soup. If you desire a thinner consistency add a bit more water or chicken broth. Cook until flavors meld, about 5 minutes.