Perfect Chicken Soup

Ingredients

Stock
2 stalks celery
3 pieces of ginger
4 pounds of chicken parts
1 handful fresh parsley
1/2 a lemon
6 cloves peeled garlic
2 bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste
Soup
2 Carrots
1 onion
1 shallot
2 stalks celery
4 red potatoes

Preparation

1
ONE:
2
Roughly Chop: 2 Carrots, 1 onion, 1 shallot,
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Stalks celery and 3 pieces of ginger
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TWO:
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Rinse 3-4 pounds of chicken parts (I used breasts)
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Leave the skin on and bones in – these add flavor!
7
We will skim the fat later
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THREE:
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Place chicken in a large pot, add chopped veggies as well as:
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Handful fresh parsley, ½ a lemon, 6 cloves peeled garlic,
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Bay leaves, salt and pepper to taste
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Add enough cool water to cover chicken
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Bring to a boil then simmer on low for 3 hours
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FOUR:
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Remove solids – discard everything but the chicken breasts
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Allow broth to cool and place in refrigerator overnight
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Your beautiful chicken stock is finished and ready for soup!
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FIVE:
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When chicken has cooled, gently pull apart with fingers
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Discard bones
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Save reserved chicken in a separate bowl until needed
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SIX:
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Dice: 2 Carrots, 1 onion, 1 shallot,
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Stalks celery and 4 red potatoes
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SEVEN:
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In a soup pot over medium heat:
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Add onions and cook until wilted
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Add shallots and garlic and cook until golden
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Add carrots, celery, potatoes and a generous sprinkling of salt & pepper
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Cook for 5 minutes
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EIGHT:
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Remove stock from refrigerator
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With a spoon, skim fat from surface
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Pour into soup pot through a strainer
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Bring soup to a boil
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Add chicken back to soup along with torn up pieces of escarole
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Cook soup for 2 more minutes
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LAST STEP!
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Serve soup over your choice of noodles or rice (I used egg noodles). Sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley and serve with a hearty bread!! I know not everyone adds potatoes to their chicken soup, but I was craving something a little more hearty. The lemon and ginger make the broth beautifully fragrant. Also, the soup can be served the same day the stock is made. I like making the stock a day before making the soup because it makes the soup much more flavorful.

 



Yield:

8

Added:

October 13, 2010

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