CHICKEN SOUP ANYTIME – Chef’s Note: Tis that time of year when chicken soup becomes the go-to soup for ailments, colds or just to keep warm on a cold day. My view is that chicken soup is a perfect year-round go-to quick and easy to make meal. There is so much you can add with it, and the soup stores well (frozen or cooled in your fridge). Here is a simple chicken soup recipe with some basic ingredients and it is so good. Enjoy!
- To make the chicken stock
• One whole chicken (about 3 pounds)
• One cup of celery
• Large onion
• Two medium carrots
• One Bay Leaf
• 1 tablespoon of Parsley
• One cube of chicken stock or 1 teaspoon chicken stock powder
• Salt and pepper
• Take one large pot and fill with water, cut chicken into pieces and place chicken pieces in the pot. Chicken pieces should be covered about one or 2 inches with the water.
• Bring water to a boil then reduce to a medium heat for two hours. Occasionally check the pot and remove the scum boiling/floating on top.
• Once cooked remove pot from heat, remove chicken pieces and place them onto a plate.
Chef’s Tip: Put some crushed ice cubes into the chicken stock, you can then skim off some of the chicken fat that is in the stock with a spoon.
Then take a large sieve and strain the stock through it, which will take any remaining bones, skin and vegetables that in the broth.
• Transfer the chicken stock into a large pot, taste your stock and add more salt or pepper as required (or to your taste) and set aside.
- Ingredients to complete your soup (Garnishes required):
• Your homemade chicken stock
• Egg noodles cooked separately (when cooking egg noodles add salt to the water to manufactures recommendation).
• One cup sliced carrots
• One cup of diced celery
Directions to complete your soup stock:
• Add the vegetables to the stock and bring to a simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until vegetables are tender.
• Remove chicken skin and bones from cooked chicken pieces.
• Take the chicken meat and tear apart with a fork into smaller pieces.
(Note: Use your fingers to ensure that there’s no bones left in the meat).
• After 15 minutes, add chicken meat, to your chicken stock simmer for another 15 minutes, and taste. Add more salt or pepper as needed.
• To add flavour and variety to your chicken soup add one cup of frozen peas, one cup of canned corn, half-a-cup of fresh herbs, lentils (make sure the lentils fully cooked before adding them) when you add the chicken meat.
Chef’s Tip: Went buying chicken, whole chicken is the most economical and versatile. Cut chicken into pieces (2 breast pieces 2 wings 2 chicken legs and the backbone). Leave chicken skin on, it will add flavour.
If you use 1 breast part and 1 leg and the 2 wings and backbone for the soup, this will make about 4 portions.
The remaining breast and the chicken leg can be roasted and used for sandwiches, lunch or even a chicken salad.
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