Chicken and White Bean Soup

A hearty rustic soup made with chunks of boneless skinless chicken thighs, with a hint of smoked bacon, Cannelini beans, orzo pasta, fresh plum tomatoes and oregano, simmered together in a flavorful broth.

Serve with a crusty Italian bread and a salad or makes for a wonderful meal by itself. 

Chicken and White Bean Soup
Serves 4
Recipe from Cooking Light

2 smoked bacon slices, chopped
12 ounces, boneless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup chopped fresh plum tomato
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups water
2 cups fat-free, chicken broth
2/3 cup uncooked orzo (rice shaped pasta)
1(15-ounce) can organic white beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Cook bacon in a large saucepan over medium heat 7 minutes or until crisp.  Remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings in pan; set bacon aside.
2.  Add chicken to drippings in pan; saute 6 minutes.  Remove chicken from pan.  Add onion and garlic to pan; cook 4 minutes or until tender.  Add tomato, oregano, and pepper; cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.  return bacon and chicken to pan.  Stir in 2 cups water and broth, scraping pan to loosen browned bits.  Bring to a boil.  Add orzo, and cook for 9 minutes or until al dente.  Add beans; cook 2 minutes or until heated.  Remove from heat; stir in parsley, vinegar, and salt.

45 thoughts on “Chicken and White Bean Soup

  1. Well you just settled it, that is what I'll make for our lunch tomorrow. A big pot of trhis soup ought to last us a few days for lunch at work. Mmmmm


  2. We have been buying lots of the boneless skinless chicken thighs…better tasting than the breasts and less $$$. This looks delicious, I feel like I can smell and taste it!


  3. This is the very first time I came across this white beans. They look like seeds! Thanks for sharing. Hope you're having a great week ahead. Happy HOliday!Blessings, Kristy


  4. How funny, Velva, me, you AND Christo all posted about a stew with white beans in the last few days! Simpatico! Pasta fagioli, pasta and beans but with chicken, a nice hearty combo.PS: Thanks for the super sweet comments on my blog about my dish and photos, I will think about it! : )


  5. What a BEAUTIFUL BLOG!! I literally, gasped when I saw the first few photos. Outstanding!!!How is it that I am just now finding you after blogging for over a year now? Your photography is just incredible.I see lots of familiar faces above me. Now I will spend the next hour or so, peeking into every corner of your little space on the web.Thank you so much for your sweet words on my table, otherwise I never would have found you, V.fondly,Rett


  6. Wow – this looks delicious! And very hearty – I might even be able to convince my \”soup is not a full meal\” husband that this is dinner in and of itself!


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