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Bread Bowl Chicken Salad Soup

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Bread Bowl Chicken Salad Soup perfect for an evening meal

Cooler temperatures bring to mind comforting soups and Bread Bowl Chicken Salad Soup is a new addition to our list of favorites.

Instead of making a traditional vegetable soup or a soothing chicken noodle soup, I wanted something just a bit different. It wasn’t until the soup was almost done when I decided to add the most unique ingredient – homemade Simply Chicken Salad.

Simply Chicken Salad is a favorite dish at our house and seems to be in the refrigerator every other week. I couldn’t resist adding some to the soup just to see how it would turn out.

I baked the Tuscan Bread Bowl in the oven according to the package instructions. After baking, I cut off the top, scooped out the center and returned it to the oven for the bowl to set.

I chopped and diced all of my ingredients prior to starting the soup so that it would go much smoother and quicker. Using a 2 quart stock pan, I added my ingredients starting with the 2 ½ tablespoons of canola oil and 1 tablespoon butter. Next I added the cup of finely diced carrots, a cup of finely diced celery, 1 ½ cups of corn that I had cut off of the cob, ¼ cup of finely diced onion, and 2 finely diced Roma tomatoes.

The dry ingredients came next: 1 tablespoon dried oregano, 2 tablespoons dried parsley, 1 tablespoon dried basil, 1 tablespoon garlic salt, and 1 teaspoon powdered chicken bouillon. Mixing that well I added 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1 can English peas, and 3 cups of chicken stock.

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The ingredients for Bread Bowl Chicken Salad Soup cooking

The chicken stock I used was frozen as ice cubes and worked great for adding to this soup. Anytime you have leftover chicken stock don’t throw it away, instead freeze it in ice trays. When the stock is frozen, pop it out of the ice trays and put it in freezer bags in your freezer. It’s a handy way to use up your stock and have small amounts when you need it. You can measure how much goes into a cube and then you’ll be able to add just the right amount when needed. My cubes equaled 1 ½ tablespoons each.

When my soup was just about ready, I decided to add in a cup of homemade Simply Chicken Salad. This gave the soup a different texture and even more flavor. I let it cook just a few minutes more to mingle all the flavors together. As I removed it from the heat, I added the final two ingredients – ¾ cup sour cream and 1/3 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese – making sure to incorporate the new ingredients with the soup.

The results was a rich and creamy texture with such aromas you won’t believe. I put a couple of dippers of soup in the bread bowl and started to add another dab of sour cream, but decided against it. The fragrant soup was delicious with the occasional bits of bread coming off the sides of the bread bowl.

This is like most soups that contains vegetables, you can use any combination of vegetables you like. It doesn’t matter what you want, it usually works well in a soup.

Thanks for visiting today. I hope you’ll give this soup a try. If you do, please drop back by and let me know how it went or if you post about it be sure to tag it with #thesurprisedgourmet. I’m always happy to know how the recipes turn out for you.

Cucina Felice!

Bread Bowl Chicken Salad Soup

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Serves: 4-5 servings

A delectable soup in a bread bowl that makes cool fall evenings warmer.
  • 2 ½ Tablespoons Canola oil
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 carrots, peeled and finely diced (1 cup)
  • 3 ribs of celery, finely diced (1 cup)
  • 2 ears of fresh corn, kernels cut off (1 ½ cups)
  • Half of a sweet onion, finely diced (1/4 cup)
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon dried Basil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 Cups chicken stock
  • 1 Cup homemade chicken salad
  • 1 Can (15 ounce) English peas
  • 1 Teaspoon powdered chicken bouillon
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic salt
  • ¾ Cup sour cream
  • ¼ Cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place Tuscan Bread Bowl in preheated oven and cook as directed on package. When the bowl is ready, remove it and turn the oven to 550 degrees. Slice off the top of the bread bowl and crave out the center. Place the bowl back in oven at 550 degrees for 5 minutes to set the bowl.
  3. Take 4 quart stock pot, put in 2 ½ tablespoons Canola oil, 1 tablespoon butter and let it come up to medium high. Add 1 cup carrots, 1 cup celery, ¼ cup onion, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1 tablespoon basil, and 1 tablespoon oregano.
  4. Sauté for about 2 minutes, add 1 ½ cups fresh cut corn from the cob, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Next add 1 cup tomatoes, stir well and add 3 cups of chicken stock. Add 1 cup of homemade chicken salad, 1 can (15 ounces) English peas (15 ounces), 1 teaspoon powder chicken bouillon, and 1 tablespoon Lawry’s garlic salt. Let this soup simmer for about 50 minutes all together or longer if you desire.
  5. When it’s taken off the stove add ¾ cup sour cream, ¼ cup shredded cheese and mix well. Ladle soup into bread bowl. You can garnish it with additional sour cream and shredded cheese, if desired.


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Celebrating Labor Day

Cooking on the grill is a Labor Day tradition

Cooking on the grill is a Labor Day tradition

Millions of people throughout the U.S. are celebrating Labor Day today with cookouts and special activities.

When it comes to cookouts, the grill becomes the focal point of the meal. That’s not to say all the other dishes aren’t important because they are. It’s just that the grill prepares the meat and sometimes even some of the vegetables.

When it comes to grilling, every chef is the master of his own domain. Some will use only charcoal, while other swear by gas (propane). There are even others that have built their own grills and use specific type wood like cedar or mesquite.

We were invited to a friend’s home Saturday for an early Labor Day cookout. Despite a quick rain shower early and a return drizzle later in the afternoon, the event went smoothly.

A vast array of dishes had been prepared by those attending. I fixed my guacamole dip and chicken salad for appetizers.

My friend Rodney was the grill master and did an excellent job preparing hot dogs, hamburgers and barbecued chicken. He put together a special barbecue sauce using a variety of items from his refrigerator until he got just the right blend of spices he wanted.

He and his wife Beth first put the chicken in the oven and baked it on low for an hour and a half with just salt, black pepper and a touch of the barbecue sauce on it. Before placing it on the grill, they coated the chicken in the barbecue sauce. When the chicken was heated thoroughly on the grill, it literally fell off the bone at the touch. It was a bit tricky taking it off the grill, but he managed.

Family and friends enjoy games during cookout

Family and friends enjoy games during cookout

Family and friends gathered around the tables and enjoyed a delicious meal. Afterwards, as the sun came back out it was time for fellowship, fun and games in the back yard. There’s nothing like the sound of laughter (both from adults and kids) to make an outing memorable.

Hope you and your family are having a wonderful and safe Labor Day. If you’re not celebrating Labor Day where you live, I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing day just the same.

Cucina Felice!

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Simple Chicken Salad

Baked tomato stuffed with leftover Chicken Salad

Baked tomato stuffed with leftover Chicken Salad

What is a simple dish that comes to mind when you think of summer?

For me there’s just something about chicken salad that says “summer.” Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy chicken salad year-round but it definitely has a place front and center when the temperature is hot.

There has got to be thousands of recipes for chicken salad. You just can’t go wrong eating chicken. I’ve tried numerous recipes from family and friends featuring grapes, nuts and fruit in the chicken salad. I finally decided to come up with my own take on this time-honored dish. I thought I’d incorporate some of the ingredients I like to see what I could create.

This is the tasty recipe that I came up with, but continue to tweet from time to time.

All the ingredients ready to mix for Simple Chicken Salad

All the ingredients ready to mix for Simple Chicken Salad

I start by using leg quarters that I skin and cook in a slow cooker overnight. I then debone the chicken, sometimes save the broth (depending on if I have some already on hand), and use the meat for the chicken salad. It’s not the traditional white meat thought of to make chicken salad, but it works just fine at a more affordable cost.

I put 4 cups of the cooked chicken in a large bowl and use a fork to shred it.

Next dice a large rib of celery into quarter-inch cubes and add to the chicken. Then add 3 cups sweet relish, 2 tablespoons dried minced onion, 1 teaspoon celery seed (I use Gold Medal), 3 tablespoons dried parsley, 1 cup mayonnaise, 2 teaspoons Lowry’s Garlic Salt, 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, and 1 teaspoon fresh ground Kosher salt. Stir all of the ingredients well, making sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl so everything is well incorporated.

Simple Chicken Salad on Cheese Bread for a tasty snack

Simple Chicken Salad on Cheese Bread for a tasty snack

The chicken salad is ready. This can be served immediately on a bed of spinach or lettuce or as a sandwich. I’ve gotten to where I use only spinach instead of lettuce as I found it easier to digest and really better for you. The chicken salad can be stored in the refrigerator covered for a couple of days.

This salad will have a bit of a crunch when you use the dried minced onion instead of a fresh minced onion.

This makes about 8 to 10 servings.

This SIMPLE CHICKEN SALAD recipe makes a great dish to serve for your summer outings. How do you enjoy chicken salad – on a sandwich or on a bed of lettuce or maybe even in a different dish altogether?

Thanks for stopping by.

Cucina felice!

Simple Chicken Salad


Serves: 8 to 10 servings

  • 4 Cups cooked chicken
  • 1 Large rib celery
  • 3 Cups sweet relish
  • 2 Tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1 Teaspoon celery seed
  • 3 Tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 Cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Teaspoons Lowry's Garlic Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon fresh ground Kosher salt
  1. Place 4 cups of cooked chicken in large bowl and use a fork to shred it.
  2. Dice one large rib of celery into ¼-inch cubes and add to the chicken. Add all of the remaining ingredients and stir well. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to be sure all the ingredients are well incorporated.
  3. The chicken salad can be served immediately on a bed of spinach or lettuce or as a sandwich. It also stores well covered in a refrigerator for the next day's enjoyment.
  4. *Skinned leg quarters cooked overnight in a slow cooker and then deboned were used for this recipe.


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