Chicken soup (The Easy Way!)
I love Chicken soup especially this time of year. It’s great to have around for the inevitable sicknesses that come with having young kids in school and everyone being trapped inside with little to no natural light most of the day.
I also LOVE making stock fresh at home and I have found a couple ways to make it easier. Homemade bone broth and stock is one of the healthiest things you can get into your body, but it can take time to make so I always try to have some on had in the deep freeze. I will link to one of my favorite bone broth recipes below.
On to easy home made chicken soup!
I start with home made broth and a store bought rotisserie chicken (that’s right, I cheat!) Having a whole chicken already cooked to perfection halps the process some much especially on those busy nights. Now the trick is sourcing your chicken well. I go to our local health food grocer, where I do spend a little more, but the chickens haven’t been pumped full of crap I don’t want, and they have a full deli and rotisserie where the cooking is done for me! Having the chicken without a bunch of chemicals in it allows me to use the bones to make my next pot of stock. It’s a beautiful cycle!
The nice thing about soups is you can ad lib at will. Add what you do like and leave out what you don’t!
1 whole chicken cooked, meat removed and chopped or shredded
4-6 whole carrots scrubbed well, peeled, chopped
4-6 stocks of celery, washed, trimmed, chopped
1 medium onion – peeled, chopped
1 leek – sliced into rings, green and white parts, then washed thoroughly
3-4 cloves garlic – minced
1 Tbsp dried Parsley
1 Tbsp dried Thyme
Salt and Pepper to taste
***Remember to save the bones, fat and skin from your chicken and the discards from your produce to make stock***
Throw everything in a pot, bring to a boil, then lower temp and let simmer until the carrots are tender!
From here there are many options:
Prepare noodles to pour the soup over
Add ginger to add a little spice and a health boost
Chipotle spice is a great addition
Wilt Spinach or Kale to give it an additional greens boost
I love The Paleo Mom – Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, PhD – she has done some much research on eating healthy and how and WHY our bodies need certain foods and the best ways to get them. Here is her Chicken bone broth recipe. Remember to add your produce wastes to this to get more bang for your buck from higher priced but better grown, non-GMO, non-round-up ready food!