Ideally, making chicken soup is a leisurely affair involving a bath and/or a nap. You could make it in a couple of hours–but I like to make a day out of it.
All you really need to make it is a big pot, a chicken, water, onion and salt. I make it differently each time depending on what I have on hand. It is a great way to cook all those extra farm box veggies and I sometimes freeze the parts I don’t use (kale ribs etc.) for this purpose. A typical recipe combination I use is listed below.
You will have many meals from this one dish: chicken dinners, sandwiches, and plenty of broth to freeze.
One whole organic, free-range chicken (I like Mary’s Chicken)
Celery greens (adds a lot of flavor)
Onion, cut in half
Whole garlic, cut in half
Burdock root (medicinal)
Fresh Dill and Thyme (put in spice bag or wrap in cheesecloth)
Put all ingredients in stock pot, cover in water and add salt. Bring to a boil.
Once it reaches a boil, add more salt. You may also skim the fat off at this time.
Simmer uncovered for 40 minutes.
Turn off heat and cover.
Take a nap and/or bath.
Allow chicken to continue to cook with heat off for 1-2 hours.
Remove chicken and allow to cool.
Scoop out vegetables with a mesh strainer and discard. Rinse out the spice bag for reuse.
Once cool remove from bones and shred. You can freeze the carcass for another use.
Remove broth–I like to use a glass measuring cup for easy pouring.
Store in glass and plastic containers for the refrigerator and freezer.
Chicken soup can be very easy to make and this one is a great example. You can make this recipe in stages throughout the day and the longer it sits the better. This dish was inspired by the Passover Chicken Soup recipe from the Kim Kushner Cuisine Blog. I made mine differently than hers-but you may want to check out her version and her other simple and delish looking recipes. I have never used this method for soup making and I will surely be trying it again in different ways.
Two whole chicken legs, cut in half
One sweet potato, peeled & chopped
One large onion, peeled and quartered
Bunch of dill (wrapped tightly in cheesecloth)
Two cloves garlic, peeled
Two small potatoes, peeled & chopped
Four cups water
Salt to taste
Put into pot in this order:
Dill & Salt
Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 40 minutes. Remove chicken and dill then puree soup (keep it chunky). Remove chicken from bones and put bones back to soup. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Add chicken back in (remove bones) and serve.
*Recipe freezes very well and can be doubled easily*