Last week, Noah wasn’t feeling well, so I decided to flex my chicken soup muscles and try making the ultimate “get well” food. There was no point doing it if not to do it well, so I started from scratch.
Just some water, a whole chicken, and veggies.
*full recipe below
First, I put a whole chicken into a pot with chunks from 1 1/2 onions and fronds from about 4 stalks of celery. I covered the chicken with cold water and set on the stove, brought to a boil, and simmered for slightly over 2 hours:
After about two hours, I fished out the chicken from the pot and separated the meat from the bones/yucky stuff. After that long in the hot water, the meat was literally falling off the bones and the water had turned into a nice broth:
To the chicken, I also added 3 chopped parsnips, 4 chopped carrots, 4 stalks chopped celery, and one bunch chopped parsley tops:
I added the chicken and veggies back into the pot, brought to a boil again, and simmered for about 10 minutes until the veggies were all tender.
The soup came out really well! The broth had a lot of flavor, and I left salt on the table to season to taste rather than adding directly to the soup. AND, it must have worked…because Noah isn’t sick anymore. 🙂 The soup made a huge quantity, so I ended up freezing about 1/3 of it and plan to defrost it in a week a two for more soup then!
"Get Better" Chicken Soup, serves 10 Ingredients - 1 whole chicken, bones and all! - 1 1/2 white onions - 4 stalks celery, plus fronds - 4 carrots - 3 parsnips - 1 bunch parsley Method - rinse chicken in cold water and set inside a very large pot - cover the chicken with cold water and add onion (chopped into large chucks) and celery fronds - bring water to a boil and simmer for about 2 hours - turn off heat and remove chicken from pot - separate meat from bones and other yucky stuff and place meat in a separate bowl - chop carrots, celery, parsnips, and parsley - add chicken and chopped vegetables back into broth, bring to a boil, and simmer for 10 minutes until veggies are tender - keep warm until serving
I served just with bread (challah, to be exact!), but you could definitely make noodles or rice on the side to serve the soup over.