Lloyd's Healthy Chicken Zoopa


This is a throw together soup that is satisfying and maybe even healthy. When you first saute the veggies in oil, you are making a 'moughe'. This is my own word, actually stolen from my daughter Amy (then 3 years old)!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
5 servings


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 cups chopped onion

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 cups chopped celery

  • 1 cup julienned carrots

  • 1 cup minced leek (Optional)

  • 4 cups chicken stock

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon hot pepper sauce

  • ¼ teaspoon soy sauce (Optional)

  • 6 ounces spinach, rinsed

  • ½ cup egg noodles

  • ½ pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite size pieces


  1. Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, celery, carrot and leek. Saute until onions are translucent and balance of veggies has been tossed through with hot oil. Add stock and season with salt and pepper to taste. If using hot pepper sauce and soy sauce, add now. Bring soup to a simmer and allow to simmer over low heat for about 40 minutes.

  2. Add spinach and cover pot. (Note: Volume of spinach will appear to be too great for the pot; don't worry, just put it in - within a few minutes it will be reduced to size). Stir soup; add noodles. Stir again and add chicken strips. Make sure soup is still simmering. Exactly 5 minutes later, you will have a terrific hot soup. Serve hot!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

198 Calories
7g Fat
20g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 198
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 649mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 70mg 350%
Calcium 104mg 8%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 746mg 16%

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

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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