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Chicken Succotash

Related recipes: Soup, Low-Carbohydrate, Low-Sugar
Chicken Succotash: Main Image

Quick Facts

Servings: 12
Succotash refers to the combination of corn and lima beans, a mixture introduced to the early American settlers by the North American Indians.


  • 4 Tbs unsalted butter
  • 1 whole chicken (about 4 pounds), cut up
  • 8 cups mineral or filtered water
  • 8 ears fresh corn, kernels sliced from cob, about 4 cups
  • 1 large Spanish onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups frozen lima beans, thawed
  • 12 patty pans (golf ball-size), halved lengthwise, or 1 zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 4 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped


  • Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add the chicken pieces and brown on all sides. Add the water, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon, reserve the poaching liquid, and when cool enough to handle remove the meat from the bones and set aside. Strain the poaching liquid to remove solids, reserving 6 cups, and set aside.*
  • Puree about 1 cup of the corn in a blender or food processor and set aside.
  • Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in the pot over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and sweat for 4 minutes, until tender.
  • Add the thyme, bay leaves, salt, and pepper and stir to coat the vegetables.
  • Add the chicken, reserved poaching liquid, pureed corn, and whole corn kernels.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat, partially cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine the heavy cream and garlic in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer until the cream reduces by half. Puree the cream mixture in a blender until smooth; set aside.
  • Add the lima beans and patty pans to the chicken mixture and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the pureed heavy cream and tomatoes and simmer for 1 minute.
  • To serve, remove the bay leaves and ladle the soup into bowls.
Recipe courtesy of The Daily Soup Cookbook by Leslie Kaul, Bob Spiegel, Carla Ruben, and Peter Siegel with Robin Vitetta-Miller. Copyright 1999 Carla Ruben, Bob Spiegel and Peter Siegel. All Rights Reserved. Published by Hyperion. Available wherever books are sold.

Nutrition Note: Nutrition Facts calculated on serving size of 1 cup.

Cooking Tip: To de-fat the stock, refrigerate for 1 hour, until a fat layer forms on the surface. Skim the layer of fat off the top and discard.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 298
  Calories from Fat 87 (29%)
(15%)Total Fat 10g
(27%)Saturated Fat 5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
(21%)Cholesterol 62mg
(16%)Sodium 377mg
(26%)Potassium 924mg
Total Carbohydrate 34g
(32%)Dietary Fiber 8g
Sugars 6g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(41%)Protein 21g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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