Thursday, January 13, 2011

Chicken Soup for Your Body and Soul





It seems like everyone we know has a cold or knows someone who has a cold. We have both recently suffered from it. That's where this recipe came from. (Yes, we even cook when we are sick!) Our bodies craved homemade chicken soup and we were determined to make it. We are accustomed to our grandmothers making us chicken soup when we felt under the weather. But because we are not kids anymore, this is our version of their soul-and-body healing soup.


This recipe makes for about a dozen servings. We usually store the leftovers in plastic containers and freeze them. Then when we don't have time to cook and feel a cold coming on, we defrost and pop in the microwave.


Ingredients:

3 pounds of chicken thighs with skin and bones
4 medium sized onions
1 green pepper
6 cloves of garlic
3-4 carrots
4 celery stalks
2 potatoes
2 32 ounce packages of chicken broth
1 teaspoon of fresh thyme
1 teaspoon of fresh oregano
The juice and zest of one lemon
3 cups of Ditali pasta (or any other noodles you like)
2-4 cups of water (if needed)
Salt
Pepper
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 handful of cilantro


Kitchen Essentials:

Measuring cups and spoons
Cutting board
Knife
Zester
Large Pot
Wooden spoon
Kicthen tongs
Fork
Ladle


Prep:

Chop all the vegetables into bite sized pieces and the herbs into small pieces. Pat the chicken dry with paper towel and season with a little bit of salt and pepper. Patting the chicken dry will make the skin nice and crispy.

Directions:

Place the large pot on medium heat on the stove and add the olive oil. Wait until the oil is very hot before placing the chicken skin side down. Cook for a good 8 to 10 minutes. Make sure the chicken turns golden brown before you flip it. Cook for another 5 to 7 minutes. You may have to remove some of the oil that is released from the chicken skin with a ladle if there is too much oil in the pot. It is okay for bits and pieces to stick to the bottom of the pan, they will add lots of flavor to your soup! When the chicken is cooked through, remove and place on a plate.


Cook the onions and peppers in the oil that remained in the pan. Add salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes. When the onions and peppers have softened, add the minced garlic and cook for another minute. Then add the potatoes, celery and carrots. Next add the chicken broth and let the mixture come to a boil.


Return the chicken to the pot and add the lemon zest, lemon juice, thyme and oregano. Put the lid on the pot and let it simmer for 5 to 8 minutes. At this time, check your liquid level. If it is low, add 2 to 4 cups of water as needed. Lastly, add the pasta and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes until the carrots, potatoes and pasta are cooked.



There is one more step before serving. With kitchen tongs, remove the chicken thighs and place on a cutting board. Remove the skin and bones. With a fork shred the chicken. This process will be very easy because the chicken will be so tender! Return the chicken to the pot and serve nice and hot! Garnish with some freshly chopped cilantro for some color and an added layer of flavor.

17 comments:

  1. Your photo of the chicken cooking in the pot has my mouth watering! This soup sounds incredible and one I need to make now and freeze for if and when anyone in the household comes down with a cold. Delicious!

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  2. Chicken soup is just so great! Love it so much. I love that you pan fried the chicken before putting in the soup.

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  3. I love chicken noodle soup! Cold or not, it's always nice to have a good homemade soup every now and again :) Great job!

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  4. For soul indeed..Looks fantastic and so healthy!

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  5. I am making this right now.....cheating though with a cooked chicken instead....looks yummy and my kitchen right now smells wonderful...thanks for all your wonderful recipes...

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  6. I had a little error in my comment so hopefully you don't get this twice:) I love the look of the Ditali pasta, so cute. And the addition of the cilantro......one of my favorite herbs. Love it!

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  7. Perfect weather for a lovely chicken soup! Yours looks so tasty!

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  8. Lovely chicken soup :) and it has vegetables that I like. Im sure it smells great too :)

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  9. Thanks!!! Hope you all try it!!!!!!

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  10. Looks delicious! Perfect for such a cold winter. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. This chicken soup looks good especially for cold weather...mmmm I want a bowl ...can? Wish I live next door :) Thanks for sharing Mr.& Mrs.P..lovely soup !

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  12. I don't have a cold, but I know I want this soup!

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  13. 100% sure that chicken soup is great for soul healing...

    Love your cheerful blog with lots of smiles and delicious food. I'm happy to be your followers to hear more from you in the future :D

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  14. I love good ole' chicken soup! I'm going to add the pasta next time though. Delish!

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  15. chicken soup for your soul sounds just about right! this looks amazing! it has been pretty chilly lately so i cant wait to try this!

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  16. OMGoodness!!! This is what I call soup!!! It looks absolutely fabulous!!! TGIF - have a great weekend! xox

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    1. Thanks Mich... We pulled out one of our recipes for a rainy day!

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