There's nothing quite like a warm bowl of homemade chicken soup to soothe the soul and cure the common cold. This classic dish has been passed down through generations, and for good reason - it's comforting, delicious, and easy to make. In this blog post, we'll share with you a step-by-step guide on how to make homemade chicken soup.
- 1 Farm2Fork whole chicken (about 4 lbs)
- 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 8 cups water
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- Salt and pepper to taste
Start by rinsing the chicken under cold water and patting it dry with paper towels. Cut off any excess fat or skin.
In a large stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion, carrots, celery, and garlic, and cook for 5-7 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.
Add the chicken to the pot and pour in enough water to cover the chicken. Add the bay leaves, dried thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 1-2 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through.
Remove the chicken from the pot and set it aside to cool. Use a slotted spoon to remove any remaining vegetables or herbs from the broth.
Once the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the skin and bones and shred the meat into bite-sized pieces.
Return the shredded chicken to the pot and bring the soup back to a simmer. Let it cook for another 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning as necessary.
Serve the chicken soup hot, garnished with fresh herbs or croutons if desired.
Tips for Making the Perfect Chicken Soup:
Use quality ingredients: To make the best chicken soup, it's important to use high-quality ingredients. Choose a fresh, organic chicken if possible, and use fresh vegetables and herbs.
Let the soup simmer: Simmering the soup for a longer period of time allows the flavours to develop and the chicken to become tender and juicy.
Remove the chicken skin and bones: Removing the skin and bones from the chicken before shredding it ensures that the soup is not greasy or fatty.
Add more vegetables: Adding additional vegetables, such as diced potatoes, corn, or green beans, can make the soup even more nutritious and flavourful.
Remember to use high-quality ingredients, let the soup simmer, and remove the chicken skin and bones for a healthier soup. Enjoy!