Paladini Potpie

Adventures within The Crust!

Green Chicken Soup

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Getting ready for one of those wonderful potluck Christmas parties, I glanced at the list of what to bring. I noted that people with the last name initial “P” were asked to bring an appetizer. So I got a box of pita chips and made a huge double batch of my wonderful Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus.

(That way I had enough to take to Thanksgiving dinner, and then the Christmas party a couple of days later.)

I should have read the list more carefully…

Days later, when I took another look at the invitation I realized that “P” people were supposed to bring bread.

So I happily made bread, and sadly thought about all that extra hummus in my fridge.

And then I had a brain storm! I was planning to make chicken soup for my bible study ladies – had most of the ingredients…  Why not stir in the hummus and try something new!  And so was born Green Chicken Soup.

8 boneless skinless thighs, cut into good sized chunks

3 tablespoons Garlic olive oil

2 large zucchini, cut into good sized cubes

4 cups baby, or chopped, Swiss chard

4 celery stalks, diced

3 onions, diced

6 cups shredded cabbage

1 cup cilantro hummus

6 cups Chicken broth

about 6 cups water

Brown the chicken in the olive oil.

When the chicken is browned, turn the heat down and add the onion and celery. Saute together until the veggies are just tender.

Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.

Add cabbage and return to a boil.

Stir in hummus.

At this point you will want to taste it, and add water.  Probably about 6 cups.

Return to a boil, then lower heat to simmer.

Add zucchini.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Simmer for at least 20 minutes, and serve!


It’s so rich and creamy and delicious. And it has to be super healthy with all those veggies and the protein of garbanzo beans.

Everyone loved it!

John had three bowls. He told me to write it down fast in case I forget how I made it.  And he said he’s still trying to figure out where I got green chickens.


Author: paladinipotpie

Welcome! My name is Andrena Paladini and this is a blog about family and love and faith and fun. I call it Paladini Potpie because a potpie is like an adventure in a crust. You never know what might come up, but it’s always going to be good! Think of the best potpie you’ve ever eaten…hot flaky crust holding a rich savory sauce and all kinds of pieces of meat and vegetables…and who knows what? As a family, we’ve chosen to live within the parameters of God’s love and protection. This is the crust of our Paladini Potpie. The crust never changes. Within this crust, the savory sauce of family love binds it all together. That is also fairly constant. But beyond the crust and the sauce we can add just about anything! Good ideas come our way and we’ve adopted and adapted them to add to what John calls our treasure box of memories. These stories and ideas from John’s treasure box of memories are the ingredients I’m putting into our Paladini Potpie. (Okay, so this ridiculous mixing of metaphors about treasure boxes and potpies is exactly what I’m talking about. Silly and ungrammatically correct. But both illustrations work… so we’ll mix them together and it’ll be just fine!) John and I have been married for 30 years. Our children have wonderfully doubled in number since David married Amanda, Monica married Dan, and Matthew married Sarah. And the newest little treats that have been added to our potpie are six adorable grandchildren - Ethan, Angelina, Nathan, Audrey, Maleia and Caleb! I hope you’ll subscribe to my Paladini Potpie blog, and keep up with all the fun new ingredients I add. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our stories and ideas, and find something you’ll want to put into your own potpie! Bon appétit!

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