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Soup – Chicken

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#homemade #ChickenSoup #CucinaDelloZio

Chicken Soup (a basic take on a classic)
Minestra di Pollo (di base)
by James Belardo 

When we think of comfort food, chicken soup comes to mind. There’s good reason for that, it’s been found that chicken soup can boost your immune system, help alleviate some symptoms and side effects of a cold. It’s warm and comforting oh so delicious! It all starts with a good broth made from a simple mix of basic ingredients. The stock is pure gold, it can be used in oh so many ways, from making rice or adding it to a sauce or gravy. Here’s a fairly simple take on a simple chicken soup.


2 skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
4 cups Chicken stock (try our homemade version)
2 cloves garlic, crushed and diced into small pieces
1 medium onion (diced)
1 or 2 medium carrots (sliced)
3-4 celery stalks (sliced)
Broccoli stalks – sliced (leftover, waste-not-wank-not) – optional
1 cup diced Cremini Mushrooms – optional
2 Roma tomatoes – cut roughly into pieces
2-3 tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Italian Flat-leaf Parsley
2-3 Bay leaves
Salt and pepper
4-6 cups waterNoodles or Precooked Brown rice (made with the chicken stock)

1. In a large soup pot, sauté the onions, garlic in two or three tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil until the garlic begins to brown and the onions begin to become translucent.
#homemade #ChickenSoup #CucinaDelloZio - Onions garlic & hot pep

2. Add the cubed chicken and cook until browned.
#homemade #ChickenSoup #CucinaDelloZio - Chicken

3. When chicken pieces are browned on all sides, add the carrots, celery and cook for about 5-10 minutes or until the vegetables begin to soften.
#homemade #ChickenSoup #CucinaDelloZio - carrots and celery

4. After the carrots and celery begin to soften add the (optional) broccoli stalks and cook for about 5-10 minutes or until they begin to soften.
#homemade #ChickenSoup #CucinaDelloZio - broccoli stalks

5. Once all the vegetables have begun to soften, you can fold in the sliced mushrooms and cook for 5-10 minutes. (optional) 6. Add the white wine and let come to a boil
#homemade #ChickenSoup #CucinaDelloZio - #wine (Pinot Grigio)

7. Once the vegetable base has cooked sufficiently, add the sliced Roma tomatoes and bay leaves, cook for an additional 5-10 minutes or until the tomatoes begin to break down.
#homemade #ChickenSoup #CucinaDelloZio - tomatoes & bay leaves

8. As the tomatoes begin to breakdown, add 1 cup of chicken stock followed by 1 cup of
#homemade #ChickenSoup #CucinaDelloZio - 4c chicken stock (1c at a time) #homemade #ChickenSoup #CucinaDelloZio - 4c water (1c at a time)

9. Continue this procedure of adding the liquid to the pot one cup-at-a-time until you have added a total of 4 cups of chicken stock and 4 cups of water.

10. Taste the soup as it boils and add salt and pepper tasting the broth and making sure you’re not putting too much in at a time.

11. Once the soup flavor begins to shape nicely, let the soup simmer on low for at least another 30-minutes, adding a bit of water (if needed) to make of for the reduction of liquid due to the cooking.

12. Add the lemon juice flat-leaf parsley 10-minutes before serving.
#homemade #ChickenSoup #CucinaDelloZio - parsley and lemon juice

Precooked rice or noodles are perfect for this!


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Written by Zio James

January 3, 2014 at 3:45 PM

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