like my mom used to do it... Perfect for stay-at-home days. <3
This is how chicken soup was done in my home kitchen (Well, it's the student ripoff-version since you DON'T need a full chicken. Come ON, who has a complete chicken at hand when in need for some soup? Except crazypeople??)
You will need:
- 1 pck. of chicken breast or any bonefree chicken your store offers. Most recipes use a complete chicken & I was worried my way wouldn't work. Silly me, the soup doesn't care how my chicken looks!!!
- soup veggies. They sell them prepackaged here. Leek, Carrots, Celery, Parsley root, everything in one handy box.
- Either little soup noodles OR potato dices, decide on one. Using the potatos need one less pot and spares you one step (but really, it's just not the same.;) )
- Chicken stock
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Get a large pot and fill the pot with cold (!) water. For some mysterious reason, this part is important.
Place your chicken pieces in the cold water (after, if you feel the urge to, you washed and blotted it... I tend to do that "just in case") and turn on the heat.
This is going to take a while soooo make sure you have fun things to do.
While your chicken boils, there will be some sort of foam buildup on the water. this is creepy, but normal. Scoop that stuff off with a spoon.
Side note: Don't be standing there spooing every 10 seconds. You will save time, energy and mental health if you let it build up a litte and then remove it. It's way easier like that.
It's not like the foamy stuff is harmfull or anything, but if you don't remove it, your soup will become cloudy aand we don't want that.
Look at your chicken every now and then. Once all the pieces have turned to a light, almost white colour, take one out and cut it in half to see if there's no pink left inside. We're going to do more to the chicken later, so any raw meat wouldn't kill you just right now, but I like to have it completely cooked.
Remove all the meat from the pot and add both the chicken stock and the cleaned & sliced and diced veggies. I like to add the leek a little later then everything else because I don't like it too soft, but other than that, there's nothing magical to this step. Let everything boil for a bit untill the veggies have become soft.
Either you added the peeled and diced potato with the other veggies yet - or you decided on the noodles. Good. Cook them like you would cook normal pasta, just be aware that the cooking time for these tiny pieces of pasta is -way- shorter. Prepare them & put aside.
Cut or rip the cooked chicken into little bitesized pieces.
Get a pan, put some oil in it, heat up and just fry the chicken pieces untill they are slightly crispy and deliciously brown. (See, here's where everything still raw would have been properly heated...)
In your bowl, place a good amount of the noodles on the bottom, add a generous amount of your delicious chicken soup and top off with a handfull of chicken pieces. Enjoy.