Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Prepare: Chicken Soup

Knowing how to cook is a skill for everyone especially these days. Here is a fast chicken soup recipe I use.


One pound chicken
Bell pepper
2 cans chicken stock

My wife did not feel well the other night and longed for some chicken soup. Jewish culture calls chicken soup "Jewish penicillin" as it cures everything. It was after six and I did not have hours to labor over a stove so I whipped this one out fast.

Heat a large pot on the stove, medium heat.
Add some olive or vegetable oil (couple of table spoons).
Throw in about 4 or 5 diced cloves of garlic.
Throw in about one 1/2 cup of onions.
Let the garlic and onion cook for about two minutes stirring regularly.
Add the chicken, diced, to the pot.
Let cook for about four or five minutes stirring regularly.
Add the carrots and celery.
Let that cook another four or five minutes stirring regularly.
Add the bell pepper, stir.
Add the two cans of chicken stock and one can of water.
Stir and season. I add kosher salt, ground black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and some cajun seasoning.
Why the garlic? Russians call that "Russian penicillin" so its got to be good.
Reduce heat to low and stir. Let sit for about five minutes.

I ladled the finished soup over left over spaghetti noodles - instant chicken noodle soup. The kids and wife had two bowls each.

Plenty of vegetables in each serving and very good for a cold.

Lots of people, men and women, cannot cook. When I married, I could burn water and scramble an egg, that was about it. But since then, I have figured out enough in the kitchen to no only put down a good meal, but shop for groceries smarter too.

If you try and like it, let me know. If you don't like it, remember everything here is my opinion so try at your own risk. If you change it, and like it better, let me know.


1 comment:

Jennifer said...

the lowly turnip is also good in chicken soup, and I believe adds to the nutrition in a big way..though what big way I don't exactly remember. It would also stretch it a lot and make it much more filling.

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