RECIPE

Baby-Artichoke and Chicken Soup


PREP: 40 MINS

TOTAL: 40 MINS

Serves 4

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David Malosh

Directions

1.

Heat a medium heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add fennel seed; cook, stirring, 1 minute. Transfer to a plate.

2.

Add 1 tablespoon oil to pot; swirl to coat. Season chicken with ½ teaspoon salt; coat with flour and shake off excess. Add half of chicken to pot. Cook, turning, until golden brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining oil and chicken.

3.

Reduce heat to medium and add leek, garlic, and pepper flakes. Add vinegar and 1/2 cup broth, scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon. Cook, stirring, until vegetables are tender, about 6 minutes.

4.

Add remaining 1 1/2 cups broth, 3 cups water, fennel seed, chicken with any accumulated juices, and artichokes. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer. Cook until chicken is tender, about 10 minutes. Season with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Divide arugula among 4 shallow bowls, ladle in soup, and serve.

COOK'S NOTES

PREPARING BABY ARTICHOKES

1. Trim: Slice top third off each with a serrated knife. Remove outer leaves until pale-green ones are exposed. Remove stems’ tough layers with a peeler; trim ends. Trim tough leaves around bases with a paring knife. Keep in a bowl of water with juice of 1 lemon.

2. Steam: Bring 2 inches of water to a simmer in a large pot fitted with a steamer basket. Add artichokes; cover and steam until easily pierced with the tip of a sharp knife, 10 to 12 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 2 tablespoons safflower oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 leek, trimmed and thinly sliced, washed well and drained (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • Pinch of red-pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 12 baby artichokes (about 2 pounds), steamed (see Cook's Notes, below) and halved or quartered lengthwise
  • 1 bunch arugula, leaves torn if large (2 cups)

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