Chicken Soup and Mini Panini

by on October 2, 2013

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There is something incredibly satisfying about setting a whole chicken into a big pot, filling it with water, rice and aromatics, and turning on the flame. Slowly but surely something wonderful and comforting will emerge from these simple ingredients. It will truly be just what the doctor ordered.

I was drawn to the Chicken Soup with Rice recipe in the new Weelicious Lunches cookbook, by my friend Catherine McCord from Weelicious, because it reminded me of the soups I remember eating at home or in my lunchbox thermos when I was a little kid. Catherine’s is particularly appealing because it’s all-the-way from scratch – its therapeutic powers are unleashed from the moment those amazing aromas begin to fill your kitchen!

To accompany the soup (okay, I forgot to add the parsley at the end!), I made Apple, Smoked Gruyere and Prosciutto Mini Panini – just some sweet and savory crunchy nibbles to round out your comfort meal. Read on for the recipes for both!

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Just like with the first Weelicious cookbook (you’ll remember it from last year), I stuck post-it flags all over Weelicious Lunches as it is FULL of simple, creative ideas for packing healthy lunches that my kids will actually eat (including Roasted Chickpeas – see below!). It’s guaranteed to get anyone out of their lunchbox rut – at least it did for me!


A big bowl of Chicken Soup with Rice is a fabulous meal in itself, but if you’re like me and you like a smaller cup of soup with a crunchy bread-y item on the side, may I suggest Apple, Smoked Gruyère and Prosciutto Mini Panini. They may sound a little fussy, but I promise you they’re not. All that’s involved are slices of baguette, apples (I prefer sweet ones like Honeycrisp for this), smoked Gruyère (or regular Gruyère, if that’s easier to find) and prosciutto. Soup and a sandwich…always a winning combination!

Chicken Soup and Mini Panini

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1 Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence October 3, 2013 at 5:05 pm

This looks so good. I’ve totally been craving soup recently. Last night I made a miso soup with greens and white beans. I’m wishing I had a mini panini to do some dunking!
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2 Kathy Strahs October 3, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Mmm…miso soup! I wonder what would be a good sandwich pairing with that. I’ll need to ponder this!

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3 Nutmeg Nanny October 4, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Chicken soup is just what I’ve been craving lately :) also I love the mini paninis!
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4 Ash-foodfashionparty October 4, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Ohhh, a panina with soup. The weather is turning a bit chilly and I can see myself cozying up with this combo.

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5 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective October 8, 2013 at 9:04 am

Love this, Kathy! Great meal for the adults and the kiddos! :)
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