Chicken Soup Recipe
Everyone loves a homemade turkey or chicken soup recipe.
Whether it's to warm up your insides on a cold day, help cure the common cold or provide a welcome steaming bowl of comfort, chicken or turkey soup fills the bill.
There are a surprising number of ways to flavor this chicken soup and I have suggested several variations below the basic recipe.
Add chicken or turkey carcass or pieces and bay leaf. Add water to cover, about 2 quarts, but this varies with the size of the carcass or amount of meat you use. Just make sure it is covered.
Add salt to taste. Boil for 2 hours, checking near the end of the cooking time to see if you need more salt. Add pepper at that time.
Remove meat and bones. Add rice or noodles and cook for about 20 minutes more. Cut cooled meat into small pieces and add back to the pot.
Makes about 8 servings.
Tips and Variations:
Nutritional Analysis Per Serving
Calories 142; Calories from Fat 21; Total Fat 2.3g; Saturated Fat 0.6g; Trans Fat 0.0g; Cholesterol 40mg; Sodium 348mg; Total Carbohydrates 12.7g; Dietary Fiber 1.1g; Sugars 1.6g; Protein 16.4g; Vitamin A 53%; Vitamin C 4%; Calcium 3%; Iron 7%
(Percentages based on a 2000 calorie per day diet)
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Did You Know?...
As you can see above you can vary the starch you add to turn this into a great chicken noodle soup recipe, a chicken rice soup or chickensoup with potatoes.
I keep interchanging chicken and turkey because the same recipe is used to make turkey soup. Just substitute a turkey carcass for the chicken.
And don't forget the basics - this chicken soup recipe without the noodles or rice and strained of all the vegetables is a versatile chicken broth that can be used to add flavor in hundreds of recipes.
This is a gluten free recipe if you make the soup with either rice or potatoes instead of noodles.
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Cooking TipIf you want to significantly lower the fat content of the soup, chill it before serving. The fat will solidify on the top and you can skim it off with a spoon. When you heat it, the soup will be almost fat free.