Kitchen Sink Chicken Soup

by Ellen

Looking for an easy, healthful dinner? This soup takes almost no time to throw together, but makes a delicious, colorful meal — and it’s adaptable! 

First, take some of that homemade chicken stock out of the fridge or freezer.  If it’s frozen, you might want to thaw it enough ahead of time to be able to pop it out of its container.  You can use a little or a lot of stock, depending on how much soup you want to make.  Heat stock in a big pot on the stove until it boils, then turn it down to simmer.

While the stock is heating,

1)  Chop any combination of the following: onion, carrot, celery, zucchini, mushrooms, garlic (my favorite), or any other vegetable.  Sauté chopped vegetables in a little butter until they are soft. I usually use one onion, a couple of carrots, two sticks of celery and garlic to taste. Again, you chose the vegetables and the amounts.

2) Add sautéed vegetable to the simmering stock.

3) Shred or chop some cooked chicken. If you don’t have some left from another meal, you can always sauté little pieces in butter to cook, and then chop them up a little bit more. Add chicken to the broth.

4) Now you can get creative. We usually throw some chopped, roasted tomatoes and corn into the pot. You can also add leftover cooked rice, noodles, or barley.

5) Add sea salt and pepper to taste.

6) When you serve the soup, you can top it with anything that sounds good to you.  We usually use:

  • a squirt of lemon juice
  • hot sauce
  • chopped avocado
  • lots of shredded cheddar or Parmesan cheese
  • cilantro or parsley

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girlichef July 6, 2010 at 3:53 pm

mmmmm…nourishing and comforting! I love homemade chicken soup! Yours sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing it with Two for Tuesdays this week =)

BodyEarth July 7, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I’m thrilled to have discovered Two for Tuesdays and your blog, girlichef!

Jen, I’m so glad you liked the chicken! Yeah, I love avocado on almost anything… Thanks for your sweet comments.

Jen July 7, 2010 at 10:53 am

Chopped avocado on top?!! Yum! Thank you for the step-by-step recipe for stock in your previous post. It’s a keeper. And I made your tarragon chicken – heavenly. And so ridiculously easy. It’s going to become a regular in the meal rotation. Thank you!!!!

Bonnie July 8, 2010 at 12:01 am

I love chicken soup winter, summer, spring, or fall. With good quality ingredients it’s always a winner and so good for you.

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