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Chicken Soup with Saffron and Almonds

Serves 4 (makes 6 1/2 cups)

Prep Time
45 mins

Chicken Soup with Saffron and Almonds

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon
 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  About 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
 1 pound boned, skinned chicken breasts, cut into 1-in. chunks
 1 1/2 cups quartered mushrooms
 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped garlic
 1 qt. reduced-sodium chicken broth
  Finely shredded zest of 1 lemon, plus about 1 1/2 tbsp. fresh juice
 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
 1 cup Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 3/4-in. cubes
 4 ounces baby spinach
  Kosher salt
Step 1

Toast saffron in a 5- to 6-qt. pan over medium heat until fragrant, about 4 minutes; scrape out of pan and set aside. Add almonds and 1 tbsp. oil to pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 4 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer nuts to a bowl.

Step 2

Add remaining tbsp. oil to pan with chicken and increase heat to medium-high. Cook until chicken is brown on underside, about 3 minutes. Stir in mushrooms and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink, about 3 minutes. With slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl.

Step 3

Add broth, lemon zest, pepper, saffron, and potatoes to pan. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Return chicken mixture to pan and simmer, covered, until flavors are blended, about 5 minutes. Stir in spinach and cook until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Add lemon juice and salt to taste.

Step 4

Ladle into bowls, drizzle with oil, and sprinkle with almonds.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1 1/2-cup serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 338Calories from Fat 37
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g22%

Saturated Fat 1.8g9%
Cholesterol 66mg22%
Sodium 514mg22%
Total Carbohydrate 16g6%

Dietary Fiber 3.7g15%
Protein 37g74%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.