Chicken soup has a huge reputation as a cure-all. Comforting and full of nutrients it is the recipe to turn to in winter to banish colds and flu and get invalids back on their feet. Garlic and ginger are great natural cold remedies and add plenty of flavour. Even if you’re not ill, chicken soup makes a great lunchtime or evening meal with some crusty bread and the addition of some noodles.
This chicken soup recipe creates its own chicken stock by starting off with a whole uncooked chicken. If you already have some home-made chicken broth from the Sunday roast, you can make a quick chicken soup by just adding the vegetables and some cooked chicken to your stock and simmering them till tender.
Easy Chicken Soup Recipe
1 whole chicken or equivalent chicken pieces on the bone
3 cloves garlic
2cm / 1 inch ginger root, peeled and grated
salt and pepper
4 large carrots
2 stalks celery
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
To this you can add any of the following vegetables according to taste: leeks, mushrooms, corn, courgettes, potatoes
Put the chicken in a large pot, cover with water and bring up to simmering point over a medium heat. Skim off any foam or fat that rises to the surface. Add the halved onion, garlic, ginger, salt and pepper, thyme and bay leaf.
Simmer for 30-45 minutes until the chicken is tender, continuing to skim off any foam or oil that rises to the top.
Prepare all the vegetables by peeling and dicing them into easy bite-sized pieces.
Take the chicken out of the broth and strip off all the meat, cutting it into bite sized pieces. Strain the broth and return it to the pan.
Bring the broth back to a simmer and add all the vegetables and chopped chicken, cooking for about 30 minutes until they are all tender. Garnish with the chopped parsley and serve hot.
Other things to add to your chicken soup:
Sliced chili peppers added with the vegetables, just enough to give a little heat
Cooked noodles added at the last minute.
A handful of rice added 15 minutes before the end of cooking time
For a cream of chicken soup, liquidize everything and add half a cup of cream.
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