How to make a Tangy Chicken Soup with Tomatoes

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Plan ahead for seconds and thirds because this hearty chicken and tomato soup is absolutely delish! It’s got everything from homemade meatballs, fresh garden vegetables, and zesty herbs.

Grab your recipe book, you’ll want to save this one. And this isn’t something I say often. So you already know this soup is the real deal. 

I remember loving chicken and vegetable soup growing up. I always felt everything in that bowl served a purpose. Everything was so delicious. 

So, I recreated my favorite chicken and vegetable soup. And made some slight changes that really take this soup out of this world. It’s a bit more time consuming, but it is so worth it!

Here’s what sets this soup apart:

Meatballs. Hear me out. I know many people are fine with boiled pieces of chicken in their soups, and that’s okay. But what if I told you, you could add so much more flavor and texture, and just overall goodness by making meatballs instead? Because you can. Ground chicken, onions, boiled rice, salt, and pepper. Boom. 

Tomatoes. I love broccoli, celery, and mushrooms in my soup just as much as the next guy, or gal. But in this soup, the tomatoes shine. Canned Italian tomatoes add a lovely tanginess that takes this soup over the top.

Dill. Chopped dill brings everything together and also adds a touch of earthiness to the soup.

This soup is very fulfilling. The meatballs are tasty and the broth is fragrant, smooth, and cozy. You’ll know exactly what I’m talking about once you take that first bite. But consider yourself warned: you’ll probably want another bowl or two!

What do I need to make the meatballs?

  • 1 lb ground chicken thighs
  • 1/2 onion, grated
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp white rice, cooked

What do I need to make the bullion?

  • any pieces of chicken to boil & make bullion (but you won’t use the chicken in the rest of the soup)
  • 1 Tbsp salt

What do I need to make the rest of the soup?

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1 can Italian seasoned tomatoes, chopped & halved
  • 6 potatoes, cut into small pieces
  • handful of dill

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Directions for Chicken and Tomato Soup:

  • In a medium-size pot add some chicken pieces (I usually use thighs or breast pieces, I had drumsticks on hand this time) and fill it up with water, leaving about an inch and a half from the top of the pot.
  • Add in 1 Tablespoon of salt.

TIP: You could make chicken rolls out of the cooked chicken  Chicken Rolls Recipe

bullion

  • Boil for 30 mins, drain the bullion into a bowl or another pot, this is what you will be using for the soup.
  • Tip: While your bullion is boiling, you could prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Meatballs: 

  • In a small bowl, add ground chicken, salt, pepper, 1 egg, and 1/2 grated onion.
  • Boil in a small pot 1 tablespoon of rice, drain and add to the ground chicken.
  • Mix well together.

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Vegetables: 

  • On a pan, add a tablespoon of olive oil and sauté the onion and carrot for 5 minutes or until onions become soft.

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  • Add in the can of Italian seasoned tomatoes (this is an easier way to get the Italian tangy taste to the soup, you could use raw chopped tomatoes and add in some minced garlic, herbs, and Italian seasoning)
  • Sauté all together for 1 minute, turn off the heat, and stir in a handful of freshly chopped dill.

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Bring it all together:

  • After the bullion is done, add potatoes into the bullion and start boiling
  • When potatoes have started boiling, with a teaspoon shape the meatballs and add them into the boiling bullion. (It is important to have the bullion hot, or your meatballs will fall apart.) 

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  • After the potatoes are cooked through, add in the vegetable mix you sautéed.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring to a boil, serve!

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Equipment I Used

Tangy Chicken and Tomato Soup

Tangy Chicken and Tomato Soup

This bright and vibrant soup is made with homemade meatballs and fresh ingredients you can find in your garden!
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs
Course lunch, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine Russian
Servings 8
Calories 247 kcal

Equipment

  • soup pot
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Ladle
  • grater
  • Skillet
  • Spatula

Ingredients
  

For the Meatballs:

  • 1 lb ground chicken thighs
  • ½ onion grated
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp white rice cooked

Bullion:

  • 3-4 chicken pieces
  • 1 Tbsp salt

For the rest of soup:

  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 carrots grated
  • 1 can Italian seasoned tomatoes chopped
  • 6 potatoes cut into small pieces
  • 1 handful dill chopped

Instructions
 

  • In a medium size pot add some chicken pieces (I usually use thighs or breast pieces, I had drumsticks on hand this time) and fill it up with water, leaving about an inch and a half from the top of pot.
  • Add in 1 Tbsp of salt.
    Tangy Chicken and Tomato Soup
  • Boil for 30 mins, drain the bullion into a bowl or another pot, this is what you will be using for the soup. Tip:While your bullion is boiling, you could prepare the rest of the ingredients.
    Chicken Meatball Soup

Meatballs:

  • In a small bowl, add in ground chicken, salt, pepper, 1 egg, and 1/2 grated onion.
  • Boil in a small pot 1 tablespoon of rice, drain, and add to the ground chicken.
  • Mix well together.
    Tangy Chicken and Tomato Soup

Vegetables:

  • On a pan, add tablespoon of olive oil and sauté the onion and carrot for 5 minutes or until onions become soft.
    Tangy Chicken and Tomato Soup
  • Add in the can of Italian seasoned tomatoes (this is a easier way to get the Italian tangy taste to the soup, you could use raw chopped tomatoes and add in some minced garlic, herbs and Italian seasoning)
  • Sauté all together for 1 minute, turn off heat, and stir in handful of freshly chopped dill.
    Tangy Chicken and Tomato Soup

Bring it all together:

  • After the bullion is done, add potatoes into the bullion and start boiling
  • When potatoes have started boiling, with a teaspoon shape the meatballs and add into the boiling bullion. (It is important to have the bullion hot, or your meatballs will fall apart.)
    Tangy Chicken and Tomato Soup
  • After potatoes are cooked through, add in the vegetable mix you sautéed.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring to a boil, then serve!
    Tangy Chicken and Tomato Soup

Notes

TIP: You could make chicken rolls out of the cooked chicken. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Tangy Chicken and Tomato Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 247 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 109mg36%
Sodium 1038mg45%
Potassium 285mg8%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 2692IU54%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword carrot, chicken, chicken soup, dill, italian seasoning, low calorie, onion, potato, rice, russian food, side dish, soup, tomato
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