Looking for a delicious and comforting homemade chicken soup to satisfy your soul? This super easy recipe is perfect, especially right after the holidays like Memorial Day, where you just want to relax and enjoy the comfort food classic that has all the signature flavors of a really good bowl of chicken soup. Mm-mm-good!
Simple is best. It’s an old-fashioned recipe made easy and tastes as if you spent hours putting it together. You still get tender, moist and juicy chicken pieces and hearty vegetables in a delicious broth that’s ready in an hour!
If you want the old-fashioned way, including making your own broth? Here’s an excellent and easy-to-make recipe too! No doubt both will guarantee to warm and satisfy your heart, soul, and BELLY! So delicious!
Tender, juicy chicken with hearty vegetables in a delicious broth! Very satisfying!
HOW TO MAKE EASY HOMEMADE CHICKEN SOUP
Total time: 55 minutes
- Meat and bones from leftover 4-5 lb roasted chicken (or a mild-flavored rotisserie chicken)
- 4 Cups low-sodium chicken broth, (organic is best)
- 2 medium carrots, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
- 2 celery stalks, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick slices
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 Cup white rice
- 2 Tbs chopped parsley
- Kosher salt
- 1 large russet potato, cubed (optional)
- Noodles, Egg noodles or tiny pasta noodles, (optional)
- Put the bones and carcass from a leftover chicken (they can be in pieces) in a large pot. Cover with the broth and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Skim any foam or fat from the broth with a ladle as necessary.
- Remove the bones and carcass with tongs or a slotted spoon; set aside to cool. Add the carrots, celery, onion and bay leaf to the broth, bring back to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are about half cooked (they will still have resistance when tested with a knife but be somewhat pliable when bent), about 10 minutes. Stir in the rice (to keep it from sticking to the bottom), and cook until the grains are just al dente, 10 to 12 minutes.
- Meanwhile, when the carcass and bones are cool enough to handle, pick off the meat, and shred it into bite-size pieces.
- When the rice is done, add the meat to the broth and simmer until warmed through, about 1 minute. Stir in the parsley, and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt or more to taste. Serve hot.
- You can use either potatoes, rice or noodles in this recipe. Whichever you prefer.
- For best results, if you want noodles in your soup, cook them separately and add them to the soup at the end. Do not cook uncooked noodles in the soup as they tend to eat up the broth, and get mushy when reheated for leftovers.
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