Homemade Chickarina Soup (Progresso Copycat)

A healthy homemade version of Progresso’s famous chickarina soup

Recipe By: Madeline
Prep: 10 minutesCook: 45 minutesTotal: 55 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings 1x


Soup Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 3/4 cup dry pastina or dry pearl cous cous

Chicken Meatball Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground chicken breast
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley (or 1/2 tbsp dried)


  1. Dice the onion and chop your celery and carrots
  2. Heat oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat
  3. When the oil is hot add the celery, carrots and onion to the pot along with the salt and peper
  4. Saute until the veggies are they are soft and fragrant – about 7 minutes
  5. Add chicken thighs, water and broth to the pot and bring to a boil
  6. Reduce to a simmer and simmer for 14 minutes uncovered
  7. As the chicken thighs cook some white foam will rise to the top so you can skim that off with a spoon
  8. While the chicken thighs cook prepare the chicken meatballs by combing ground chicken, egg, salt and fresh parsley in a mixing bowl
  9. When the chicken thighs have simmered for 14 minutes, remove from the pot, but keep the water simmering
  10. To make the meatballs, take about 1 heaping  tsp of the chicken meatball mixture and drop each one directly into the simmering broth on the stove. The meatballs will start to rise to the top as they cook
  11. Once you have added all of your meatballs to the simmering pot, shred your chicken thighs and add them back to the pot along with the pastina or pearl cous cous
  12. Continue simmering the soup for about 15 minutes
  13. At this point the pasta should be fully cooked and you can remove the soup from the heat
  14. Top soup with parmesan, lemon zest and parsley and serve!
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