Italian Chicken Bell Pepper Soup ~ Quick and Light

Need a simple, quick and healthy dinner recipe?  This is it…my go to chicken bell pepper soup!  Sweet bell peppers, garlic, mushrooms, chicken, capers…tasty, light and super quick.  Really, try it.
Serves 4
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 orange and red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper (more or less to your taste)
  • 5 cups low-salt chicken broth (I use Better Than Bouillon)
  • 1 can Italian style diced tomatoes
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 teaspoons capers
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken (leftover or rotisserie chicken from market)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese


Heat oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add bell peppers, onion, garlic, basil, fennel seeds and crushed red pepper and sauté until vegetables are just tender, about 10 minutes. Add carrots, canned tomatoes and broth. Simmer until carrots are tender, about 10-15 minutes.  Increase heat to high and bring soup to boil.  Add chicken and capers and cook just until heated through, about 2 minutes. Season soup to taste with salt and pepper.  Ladle soup into bowls. Serve, passing cheese separately.

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One response to “Italian Chicken Bell Pepper Soup ~ Quick and Light

  1. Holly

    Michelle- I’m printing this off — looks delicious and fast!!!

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