Delicious, healing homemade chicken soup just like my Grandmothers!
Real Soup is to the body, what peace is to the soul – Isabel Allende
Healing Homemade Chicken Soup
A dear friend of ours had open heart surgery last week. I know. Right? It’s so much more intense than you could imagine. What could be more healing than delivering healing homemade chicken soup? It’s comforting, brothy, yummy, and warm all at once. My grandmother almost always had a pot of homemade chicken soup on the stove. Don’t you love recipes like this that always come out just right? We are so used to boxed broths that we forget how easy and delicious a homemade soup can be. Comforting, soothing, and ever so good for you! This soup brings all the health power that soup can bring.
The wonderful thing about homemade soup is you can cook once and eat 4x. Sunday afternoons are a terrific time to make your stock. Gather your ingredients, put on some good music, and start the broth. This broth is an excellent base for many different types of soup. I always make extra chicken stock and freeze a few containers for later.
How to Make Healing Homemade Chicken Soup Stock
- 12-quart stock pot
- add 2 whole, chilled chickens
- add 2 large whole leeks with ends chopped off
- add 7 whole stalks of celery
- 1 tablespoon of granulated garlic
- 10 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 2 rosemary sprigs
- 1 tablespoon fresh cracked pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- water to cover everything
No need to chop the vegetables unless you want to cut them in half. These vegetables will be discarded when you strain the broth. Submerge everything in a 12-quart stock pot. Bring to a simmer on low for 2 hours until your house smells like chicken-stock heaven!
Turn off the flame when the chicken temps at 165 degrees.
Remove chicken and place on a large platter to cool. Once cool, take all meat off the bones and set aside to add to the soup.
Strain broth into a large pot or bowl. Prepare to start making the Healing Chicken Soup.
Let’s Make Homemade Healing Chicken Soup
Step-by-Step Instructions for Healing Homemade Chicken Soup
- Remove all meat from the cooled chicken. Cut into bite-size pieces, so every spoonful of soup has some delicious chicken! Set aside.
- Saute 2 diced leeks, 7 diced celery stalks, and 6-7 peeled and diced carrots in 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large soup pot.
- Pour broth into the soup pot and add 12 Yukon Gold potatoes cut into bite-size pieces. Bring to a low simmer.
- Add all sauteed veggies, 10 sprigs of thyme, and 2 sprigs of rosemary to the simmering soup. Remove sprigs when the soup is done. The herbs will fall off and melt into the soup.
- When veggies are fork tender, add all the chicken, peas, 1 teaspoon of pepper, and 1/4 cup of chopped parsley.
- Time to serve!
Serving Suggestions for Healing Homemade Chicken Soup
We love to serve this soup with a light salad and some good bread or rosemary crackers. This soup freezes well and is even more delicious the next day.
This is one of those staple recipes you can make over and over. Everyone loves chicken soup!
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Healing Homemade Chicken Soup Recipe
Delicious, healthy, healing homemade chicken soup! Carrots, leeks, potatoes, herbs, peas, need I say more?
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 8 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
Chicken Meat from One Whole Chicken
Large Carrots – 6 peeled and diced
2 Large Leeks – cleaned and diced
Celery – 4-5 Stalks diced
1 package of frozen Peas
12 Yukon Gold Potatoes Large Dice
Fresh Pepper – 1 Teaspoon
Fresh Thyme – 10 Sprigs
Rosemary – 2 Sprigs
6 quarts Chicken Broth unsalted
Fresh Parsley – 1/2 cup
Make your broth as above in the blog post—strain and set aside.
Saute leeks, carrots, and celery in 1 tablespoon of olive oil for 2 minutes. Add raw cubed potatoes and pour strained broth over the vegetables. Add fresh herbs. Simmer on very low until veggies are fork-tender. Add pepper, parsley, all the chicken meat, and peas—salt, and pepper to taste.
This soup is warm and comforting! This soup keeps well for a few days in the refrigerator in a covered glass container.
Special Note- Remove the stems and sprigs leftover from the fresh herbs before serving. You can find them with a slotted spoon! Enjoy!
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