It is a scientific fact, chicken soup cures the sniffles. When we feel that achy feeling coming on, we make chicken soup. Ahem, we make my mother’s chicken soup. Its kind of a family tradition, sickness and soup. Here’s the honest truth, this one takes some time. You can’t take short-cuts with this one. Please don’t let that stop you – this soup is better than Theraflu, better than Vicks, and better even than hot tea and honey.
This soup can be customized to your taste. Mix and match your vegetables, add your favorite spices. Make this soup yours! Usually the second or third day, we add salsa, sliced avocado and serve with tortilla chips… to transition from sick-day soup to tortilla soup.
1 chicken, 3-4 lbs
1 bunch celery, remove tops and bottom
1 lbs carrots, peeled
1 baking potato, peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes
1 bunch kale, de-stemmed and chopped into spoon-sized pieces
1 tbsp flour
4 tbsp butter
1. Place chicken, 1/2 lbs carrots, 1/2 bunch celery, one onion, halved and salt and pepper in a large stock pot. Cover the chicken and vegetables with water. Simmer the stock for two hours, until the water is no longer clear and the chicken is falling apart.
2. Remove the vegetables, and discard. Remove the chicken, de-bone and chop into bite-sized pieces.
3. Pour the remaining stock through a sieve to strain any remaining vegetables.
4. Chop the remaining celery, onion and carrot into small same-sized cubes.
5. Melt butter in a soup pot. Add vegetables, sprinkle with salt, and cook until softened.
6. Sprinkle the vegetables with the flour, and cook over medium heat for three mins.
7. Add about half of the chopped chicken. The reserved chicken can be used for sandwiches, fillings, etc – its delicious!
8. Add the strained stock. I usually get about eight cups of stock, and this is the amount that I use for the soup.
9. Cook soup for 30 mins, then add kale.
10. Add kale and cook for five mins.
11. Fry potato cubes until golden brown.
12. Arrange 4-8 fried potato cubes in the bottom of soup bowls. Ladle soup over the potato cubes.