This chicken soup recipe came from my SIL. It's fairly easy and the actual cooking time isn't long. However, there is some prep work, so plan on about an hour and half from the time you start chopping until the time you're sitting down to eat.
Here's what you'll need:
4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
5-6 large cloves of garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 lb. carrots, peeled and sliced
4-5 stalks celery, sliced
2 quarts chicken broth
1 quart vegetable broth (or use 3 chicken)
2-3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1-2 dashes red pepper flakes
l large bay leaf (optional)
3-4 cubes (or equivalent) chicken bouillon
1 package Kluski or Bohemian noodles
I like to chop and gather everything for this dish before I actually start cooking.
Once that's done, place a large Dutch oven over high heat and add your olive oil.
When the oil is heated, add the chicken, onions and garlic.
Cook until meat is browned.
Okay, so it doesn't exactly brown because there's a lot of moisture in there from the onions. The main thing is that you don't want to see any pink meat.
Next, add your carrots, celery and all of your seasonings.
Bring to a low boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes or until veggies are tender.
Boy, oh boy, does the house smell yummy. Talk about whetting your appetite.
Add noodles and simmer for an additional 20-30 minutes.
Now that's one lean meal with loads of flavor. You can even up the garlic and red pepper flakes, if you like, to clear those nasal passages.
Nothing like ending the week with an armada of weapons to get you through this flu season. From Jan's tips and vitamin C packed Orange Smoothie (recipe here) to Cate's natural remedies (find those here) to a flavorful chicken soup, the Yankee-Belle Café has got you covered.
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