Renee 's Family Recipe for
Homemade Chicken Soup
Here's my family’s recipe for our favorite comforting
chicken soup, guaranteed to make you feel warm and happy. The special
ingredients are the addition of a few cloves and fresh ginger which adds
richness and complexity.
One very large, deep soup pot, heavy enough so it can
2-3 large onions, coarsely chopped
3 large garlic cloves, peeled and mashed or chopped
5-6 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch rounds
optional: two parsnips, peeled and cut 1/2 inch
1/2 small bunch of celery, strings removed, cut into 1 inch slices
or use 1 large celeriac root,
peeled and cut in 1 inch slices
3-5 lb. fresh whole chicken, rinsed thoroughly, including giblets
liver) or use 2 large whole chicken breasts
4-6 15oz. cans (depends on the size of your pot) good-quality
chicken broth. You can use bouillon cubes and water
but that is definitely a 2nd choice.
1 large bay leaf
2 whole cloves or 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped finely
or use 1˝ teaspoons
dried ground ginger
2 tsp. dried thyme or 2 T fresh chopped thyme
Salt to taste - it will definitely need salt, as broth salt levels vary widely
Lots of freshly ground pepper to taste but do not omit - I use at least 2 tsp.
To add after chicken soup is made:
3 cups of cooked rice or Orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
1 cup freshly chopped Flat Leaf Italian parsley
Put the chicken and all the cut up vegetables into the pot. Add enough chicken broth to cover
the chicken by several inches. Add all the herbs and spices. Bring to a boil,
then turn down to a very slow simmer. Cover and cook until the chicken is
falling off the bones -- about 1 to 1˝ hours. Cool slightly, take out chicken.
Remove the excess fat from the top of the soup. When chicken is cool enough to
handle, separate meat from the bones. Chop chicken meat into bite-size pieces
and add back to soup. Adjust salt to taste and add more freshly ground pepper as
desired. Add cooked rice or Orzo and freshly chopped parsley.
Serve very hot.
I freeze extra soup in individual portions for later use -
it makes a great lunch!
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