Friday, April 15, 2011

Nata's homemade chicken soup

I love this soup it is a perfect pick me up and great for when you sick and under the weather. My kids love it and when we all sick with flu this is the thing that sooths us.

What you will need for a nice big pot to serve 6-8

1 small/medium chicken
6 carrots diced
3 sticks celery diced
3 parsnips diced
2 medium onions diced
6 cloves crushed garlic
2 chicken stock cubes
3 tbl spoons cooking oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Chop up chicken into 1/4 pieces, add about 3lts water and bring to the boil in a large soup pot simmer for about 45mins.
This will create a nice stock. Remove chicken from pot and allow to cool.
Once cool remove meat from carcass and cut into chunks.
Remove stock from pot and place in a jug/bowl until ready to use.
Heat oil saute onions until nice and tender add garlic, add all diced veg and fry lightly for 5 mins.
Add chicken pieces and liquid stock you set aside previously along with the 2 stock cubes.
Allow to simmer for a further 5 mins at this stage add salt and pepper to taste.
Depending on the amount of liquid in your pot you can add probably 1 cup of water, the idea is to make sure all veg and chicken are well covered.
Continue to simmer over a very low heat for 30 mins. (You can also add quick noodles to give your soup more body)
Serve with nice fresh bread and butter....

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