Now I know this is the cheats way of making chicken soup, but honestly when you feel as lousy as I do, the last thing you want to do is spend hours in the kitchen making soup. In fact you don’t want to make anything, curling up in bed with a good book and a hot drink is a far better option.
So having said all that, here is my easy version of chicken soup which you may like to try.
1 packet Chicken Noodle Soup (generic brand is fine or use a can of Chick Noodle Soup)
To this add:
Onion, Celery, Carrots, Potatoes, Parsnip, Zucchini, Tomatoes in fact any vegies you happen to have on hand will be fine.
I usually grate the lot up using my food processor – remember I’m sick and looking for easy options. Throw the lot in and cook gently for around 20 minutes give or take a few. This is also really nice if I don’t have fresh tomotoes, by adding a can of crushed tomatoes and herbs.
Now if you want to do this the old fashioned way you can boil up your raw chicken, use the stock for soup and I quite often shred the flesh finely and add that as well.
The other alternative is if you buy your chickens cooked, boil up the carcass, bones, skin the lot with just enough water to cover it. When the flesh is falling off the bones, then it is done. Strain carefully, collect all the chicken meat, add to the stock, throw in the vegies and cook until vegies are done. This makes a fantastic flavoursome soup and considering the price of cooked chickens – gives you two meals for the price of one.
Enjoy curled up in front of the fire with the family giving you lots of sympathy.