Chicken and Green Bean Soup with Tarragon

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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One 1-pound box or bag organic frozen French-cut green beans

2 tablespoons olive oil 

2 cloves garlic, chopped 

2 large potatoes, peeled and quartered lengthwise then sliced 

1 onion, chopped 

Salt and pepper 

Salt and pepper

5 to 6 cups chicken stock from Poached Chicken, recipe follows

3 cups chopped or bite-size pulled Poached Chicken, recipe follows

2 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped or 2 cups canned tomatoes, chopped 

1 lemon, zested and juiced

1 lemon, zested and juiced 

1/4 to 1/3 cup fresh tarragon leaves 

French rolls or bread, toasted

Poached Chicken:

1 small chicken (2 1/2 to 3 pounds)

2 bay leaves 

2 cloves garlic, crushed 

A few ribs celery from heart, coarsely chopped 

A few sprigs parsley with stems 

1 carrot, coarsely chopped 

1 onion, quartered 

Salt and peppercorns 

Salt and peppercorns


  1. Defrost the beans in the microwave and drain.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, potatoes and onions, and season with salt and pepper. Partially cover the pot and cook to soften, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the green beans, stock, chicken and tomatoes, and bring to a simmer. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
  3. Cool and store for a make-ahead meal. Reheat over medium heat. To serve, add the lemon zest, lemon juice and tarragon. Serve the soup with warm bread.

Poached Chicken:

  1. Place the chicken in a pot over a bed of bay leaves, garlic, celery, parsley, carrots and onions. Sprinkle with salt and fill the pot with water to cover the chicken. Sprinkle in a few peppercorns. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook 45 minutes, turning occasionally. Turn off the heat and cool the chicken in the broth. Separate the meat from the bones and skin. Reserve the meat and discard the bones and skin. Strain the stock.
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