..Quick Chicken Soup

October 4, 2011

I have been feeling majorly under the weather the last few days.  I recently changed offices and I’m pretty sure my coworkers are wishing I stayed home with my constant coughing, sneezing, and sniffling in our new close quarters but I just have such a hard time taking a sick day.  Not necessarily because I have piles of work to do or anything, but I can’t help but feel silly actually taking a sick day (like I’m not paralyzed and unable to type e-mails).  My solution was to make some homemade chicken soup, watch all my recorded shows from Sunday, and get to bed early.  The problem here is that it is Monday, I don’t get home until 6:30 and homemade chicken soup normally takes roughly an eternity to make (darn). 
I decided to try an expedited version by just buying chicken broth and a pre-roasted chicken.  The result was really deliciously satisfying chicken soup!  I figured others are feeling my pain this time of year, so the recipe is below.

One pre-roasted chicken
Two 32oz containers of chicken broth
32oz water
Three stalks of celery (chopped)
Three carrots (chopped)
Two onions (chopped)
Thyme, parsley, salt, pepper


Dump the two containers of chicken broth into a pot.  Fill one container back up with water and put that in the pot as well (I am better with ratios when committing recipes to memory, so instead of remembering specific amounts I remember the broth to water ratio is 2 to 1).  Bring to a boil.

While you are waiting for the liquid to boil, cut as much as the meat off of the chicken as possible and set aside.  When the liquid starts to boil, place the skin and bones in the pot and turn down to simmer.  Let it sit in there for about 30 mins.

After the 30 mins is up, strain the broth into a separate large container or pot so that the skin and bones left can be discarded.  Place the empty pot back on the burner, and sautee your chopped onion, carrots, and celery in some vegetable oil (or butter, olive oil, etc.) for about 10 minutes.

After your ten minutes is up, add the broth, chicken, and seasonings into the pot.  Let it simmer until your veggies have the desired tenderness and serve.

1 comment

  1. Er, I've made similar soup too. Try adding fresh spinach next time. It's very delish!


Comments make my whole day, so go on and make it.

xx E.