Butternut Squash Chicken Chowder

Recipe posted in: Flex™ Meals & Snacks, Lunches & Dinners

This Butternut Squash Chicken Chowder is creamy, flavorful and packed with nutrition. The best part is, since this delicious soup counts as one SmartCarb, one PowerFuel and one Vegetable, it is a great base for a flex meal.

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Servings: Makes 6, 1 cup bowls (1 cup counts as 1 serving)

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel and 1 Vegetable

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. boneless chicken breast
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup carrots peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 3 cups butternut squash, cubed
  • 2 cups turnip, cubed
  • 4 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups chicken broth, low sodium
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • Tabasco (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil to Med-High.
  2. Add chicken and cook about five minutes on each side till browned and cooked through.
  3. Remove chicken and cut into shreds/chunks.
  4. In a large pot, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil to Med-High.
  5. Add onion, garlic, celery, and carrots. Cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Add in chicken broth, turnip, butternut squash, rosemary, thyme, bay leaf, black pepper, and bring to a boil.
  7. Adjust heat to low, partially cover, and let simmer for 40 minutes or until squash and turnips are soft.
  8. Remove the bay leaf.
  9. Remove half of the vegetables and blend until smooth.
  10. Add the pureed vegetables back into the pot as well as the chicken and stir to combine.