Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup
photo by I'mPat
- Ready In:
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, in small cubes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cups whole milk (or 1 cup half and half and 1 cup water)
- 3 cups unsalted chicken stock
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried french tarragon leaf, pieces
- 1 clove garlic, smashed and minced
- 2 scallions, white and light green parts, minced
- 1⁄8 teaspoon white pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon mild curry powder
- 8 ounces swiss cheese, grated
- 1⁄4 cup dry white wine
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 1 cup diced cooked ham or 1 cup smoked ham
- fresh ground black pepper or tricolor pepper, to taste
- 1 tablespoon freshly minced basil
- In a skillet over medium high heat, sauté the chicken breasts in the olive oil until browned, about 7 to 9 minutes; remove from skillet, drain of excess oil, and set aside, keeping warm.
- In a large heavy saucepan, heat the milk and chicken broth over medium temperature.
- Add the tarragon (crushing it a bit in your hand, first), garlic, scallion, white pepper, and curry powder, and bring to a light simmer.
- Add 3/4th of the Swiss cheese gradually (reserving the remaining 1/4 for garnish), stirring constantly, until well-incorporated.
- Gradually add the white wine, then the sour cream.
- Using an immersion blender, whir the soup until all ingredients are smoothly incorporated (soup may have a tendency to separate before this point); alternately, you can pour it all into the blender or food processor.
- Put the soup back in the saucepan if you removed it, then add the ham, and the cooked chicken breast; season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper.
- Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
- Garnish with reserved grated Swiss cheese and basil and serve immediately.
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Creamy soups don't usually pique my interest, but for some reason this recipe caught my eye, and I'm glad it did. I pretty much followed the recipe as is, except I used fresh tarragon instead of dried, and I made a double batch because there are 7 people in my household. Everyone was quite impressed with the taste, but I don't think this will be in my regular soup rotation because it was so rich (Mom and Gram had trouble digesting it because of the dairy in it, but that didn't stop them from eating it!). I think this would be a great special-occasion soup, and I definitely recommend it to any chicken cordon bleu or cream soup lovers. Thanks for posting!
I scaled this back for 2 serves and the DM and I thoroughly enjoyed as light evening meal with some garlic bread. I used hi-lo milk (the only type I have in the house) and had to use a Jarlzberg cheese as the DH had polished of the Swiss cheese as evening snacks, otherwise made as directed and we just loved the flavours. Thank you Julesong, made for ZAAR Chef Alphabet Soup.
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