Sunday, October 24, 2010

Roasted Chicken and Squash Soup

roasted chicken and squash soup recipe

It snowed here yesterday in Ottawa- October 22! Since I've been slacking on the posts lately, I decided to make something "fall-ish," even though it is apparently already winter here. This soup is so tasty, the flavours all work really well together and the soup tastes fresh and light, but is actually very filling. Another hit recipe from Serious Eats.

Roasted Chicken and Butternut Squash Soup

1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into medium dice
1 medium yellow onion, cut into medium dice
4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1-2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
Fresh cilanto, for garnish

Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat the oven to 425°F. Arrange the squash, onion, and chicken on a large baking sheet in a single layer. Drizzle with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat and roast until the chicken is cooked through and squash is tender, about 30 minutes.

Transfer chicken to a plate to cool enough to handle, then pull the meat from the thighs, discarding the bones and skin. Chop into cubes and set aside.

In the meantime, combine the squash, onions, and chicken broth in a medium pot. Add the cumin and coriander and bring to a simmer. With a potato masher or wooden spoon, mash up the soup (it will still be somewhat chunky), then add the lemon juice. Add the chicken pieces, then season to taste with salt, pepper, and/or lemon juice. Ladle into bowls and top with fresh cilantro as a garnish (or if you don't have cilantro, cayenne pepper adds a nice little kick).

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