Thursday, February 5, 2015

Greatest Homemade Chicken Soup

Yes, it is easier to pop open a can and zap it in the microwave! I got to thinking, But why would I want to do that? What would that say about the way I think of whoever is going to eat this? What would it say about me? We can do better!

This is an easy recipe with a few ingredients. It takes awhile, but that gives you the chance to fill it with love!

2 chicken quarters 1 pkg frozen stew vegetables.
½ tsp thyme
½ tsp sage
2 tbs olive oil
1 qt. Chicken broth
1 bay leaf optional
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a large bowl mix the thyme & sage into 2 tbs of olive oil.
Line a rimed baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.

Rub each piece of chicken with the oil mixture and place in pan.
Dump the frozen vegetables into the bowl and stir them around to coat with oil. Distribute between the chicken pieces.

Note: how the thickest part of the meat is on the outside and the vegetables on on the inside. This will allow the cooking to be more even.

Roast until golden, about 30 minutes. This will bring out the most flavors for the soup.

Remove from oven. Put the vegetables into a heavy dutch oven on the stove top. Let the chicken pieces cool enough to remove the skin. Then with forks pull off the meat on a cutting board.

Carnage and messy fingers!

You will notice two things:
How little meat is really on the quarters
The chicken is not fully cooked – GOOD!

Once all meat is removed with no small pieces of bone or gristle, cut into bite sized pieces and add to the pot along with enough chicken broth to cover by at least an inch. Float a bay leaf on that if you have one.

Bring up to almost a boil over a medium high heat, then reduce to slight simmer. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Let the simmering flavors meld for at least 30 minutes. You will be able to tell when the heat is right. The small pieces will start to move in the pot.

You can use this time to cook any pasta you wish in the soup. Be sure to drain it well before adding to the soup.

Store the s
oup in smaller containers, plastic pint and quart containers from the deli work just fine. You can even freeze any left overs.

Really, the only difficult part of this was pulling the meat off of the bones! Now you have the satisfaction of knowing how your homemade soup warms the tummy of the one you love!
Isn't it great to serve?

To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

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The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes by Dan White via @amazon

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