Rainy Day Chicken Soup

by Michelle on October 8, 2009

I decided to have some fun with a new cooking group I heart Cooking Clubs. Every month a different chef will be chosen with weekly themes and we, the members, cook. Sounds easy enough to me!

With featured Chef Nigella Lawson and the weekly theme of “One Pot Wonders” I could not quite decide what to make. I really don’t like making anything in just one pot, sort of against the oath I took when I bought my Wolf Range. But then the weather took a drastic change from cool, gorgeous, sunny days to totally creepy, rainy and VERY windy it made my decision easy! And I made Chicken Soup and it was a perfect meal for a cold autumn day.

The recipe actually continues with Matzo Balls which I would have made if I’d had the time and Mr. Tastebuds would have been very impressed with Matzo Balls, believe if he knows his Matzo. But I had a rather busy day and my cupboard had no Matzo Meal. So I served the Chicken Soup with my Homemade Breadsticks and it was delicious.

Chicken Soup
Recipe adapted from Nigella Lawson

1 whole chicken
2 bunches green onions, chopped
1-2 ribs of celery
2 carrots, peeled and chunked
2 handfuls of parsley
8-10 peppercorns
2 bay leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1. Put the first 7 ingredients in a large stockpot and cover with water.
2. Bring to a boil and then simmer for at least 3 hours. And skim frequently to remove all the scum on the top. Discard.
3. When the stock is golden and meat has fallen off the bones, it’s done. Taste and add salt and freshly ground pepper.
4. Strain, setting aside any meat. You can use the meat for chicken soup or chicken salad. Discard everything else.

To Make Chicken Soup: Reheat about 6 cups of chicken stock and add some chicken cut into bite-sized pieces, 2-3 chopped green onion, 1 large carrot chopped and simmer until carrots are just tender. Serve hot garnished with minced parsley.

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  • Natashya KitchenPuppies October 8, 2009 at 11:52 am

    What a lovely soup! So comforting and homey. Perfect with homemade breadsticks.

  • Kat October 8, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    It is getting close to Chicken soup weather here. I love homemade Chicken soup! Yours looks yummy.

  • Kate October 8, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Yum. Looks delicious. There is nothing better than soup on a blustery day!

  • Lori E October 8, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    6:45 a.m. and I am very cold. This will warm me up until I get my nice dark roast coffee at Zenberry coffee shop in town.

  • Kim October 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    I have been sick with a bad cold for days and that looks so great. Wish a had a big bowl right now, maybe then I could get up and start moving around again.

  • Danielle October 8, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    great soup! perfect for those creepy cold days. Now if only we’d have a few here, I’d make a pot!

  • Shelly W October 8, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    This is a perfect cool weather soup. Looks delicious!

  • Pam October 8, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    I’ve already made 3 soups in the past two weeks! I love fall!

  • The Quintessential Magpie October 9, 2009 at 1:09 am

    Michelle, that looks delicious, and I love your white bowl! It’s the perfect compliment for that soup. YUM!

    Happy Foodie Friday…

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

  • Julie October 9, 2009 at 1:29 am

    Hi Michelle, My daughter and I where talking in the car just today about it being time to cook soup… This chicken soup looks wonderful…Will be making it soon…Thanks…
    xoxo
    Julie

  • SnoWhite {Finding Joy in My Kitchen} October 9, 2009 at 2:29 am

    that looks so inviting :) yum.

  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen October 9, 2009 at 2:41 am

    I made chicken soup this week too! It was the right weather in the Midwest. I’m not looking forward to this weekend :(

  • honeysuckle October 9, 2009 at 3:27 am

    Isn’t Chicken soup the universal language of the kitchen? Nothing taste as great on a cold day and yours looks delicious!po

  • Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage October 9, 2009 at 4:01 am

    I’m so glad it’s fall. It’s the perfect time for soup suppers! Your photos are beautiful and does justice to your recipe!

  • Kathleen October 9, 2009 at 4:10 am

    Looks delicious, Michelle!
    That’s the way I like it, with everything cut small. I don’t like when dh makes it and the veggies are like big kabollas!

  • girlichef October 9, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Oh yes, this is my kinda meal any day! It looks delicious and comforting…breadsticks or matzo balls…I’d take a big bowl either way!

  • Mary October 9, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    What a lovely soup. It’s perfect for crisp fall days. It really looks delicious. Have a great day.

  • Christy Kay October 9, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I made this soup last night. This morning I added a couple teaspoons of Fajita Seasoning….more sea salt and cracked black pepper. Its outstanding. We like noodles in our chicken soup so we’ll add those just before we eat it. Thanks for the lovely recipes.

  • food with style October 9, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    looks great and i love your bowls~

  • Debinhawaii October 10, 2009 at 1:56 am

    Gorgeous soup! A perfect one-dish wonder.

  • Sherri @ Design2Shine October 10, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Looks delicious! I love chicken soup.

  • Carol at Serendipity October 10, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    The weather is calling for chicken soup here in Maine. Next week for sure!

    Carol

  • Brian the old man October 10, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    This sounds great. I love to make homemade soups and I will have to try your recipe. It is a good time of year to give it a try since the weather is beginning to cool down. We had a high of 84F yesterday and today it is going to be in the low 70’s. It is nice out there with a gentle cool breeze. Thanks.

  • Pierce October 11, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    It’s still hot in north Florida but I will take a bowl of soup for lunch anyday. Love it. This looks great.

    If that is YOUR stove on your blog template…I am extremely jealous!

  • Lori E October 11, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    I have never had matzo. Chicken soup is the ultimate comfort food isn’t it.
    Reminder:
    My Writer’s Challenge link is up. Why not add a story to the rest. Just tell us about something really nice someone has done for you.

  • patsy March 31, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Now, that soup looks so perfect for the weather we have today! I’m curious about the matzah ball recipe as I’ll be hosting our Seder this year and am always interested to see new recipes for Matzah Ball Soup!

  • Shelby April 3, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I love homemade chicken soup! I love it even more when someone else is making it! 😉

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