Nancy's Ol' Fashioned, Easy, Simple Chicken Soup...Un-Chained Recipe Contest!

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 105.4
  • Total Fat: 2.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 51.7 mg
  • Sodium: 675.0 mg
  • Total Carbs: 3.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.2 g
  • Protein: 16.7 g

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Introduction

This is (a) an improvement on Corner Bakery Cafe's Mom's Chicken Noodle Soup; (b) a large pot of vitamin-rich, naturally sweet, nutritious, chicken soup that (c) is very easy to make, (d) freezes well, (e) feeds about a dozen hungry people, and (f) I make throughout the year after having and making many different variations on a theme for many years

Although it can take a little time to get the chicken off the bones, it's SO worth it! Also, if you don't want to use a whole chicken or shredding it just isn't your thing, you can use chicken parts or whole breasts instead, cut off the big chunks, and dice or shred them. They'll take less cooking time, too.

There's nothing better for you, especially when ONLY chicken soup will do! It's not ambrosia (nectar of the gods), but it's as close as I can get! I appreciate your feedback and input. Enjoy! SparkPeople rocks my world! Nancy, a/k/a KEEPITMOVING
This is (a) an improvement on Corner Bakery Cafe's Mom's Chicken Noodle Soup; (b) a large pot of vitamin-rich, naturally sweet, nutritious, chicken soup that (c) is very easy to make, (d) freezes well, (e) feeds about a dozen hungry people, and (f) I make throughout the year after having and making many different variations on a theme for many years

Although it can take a little time to get the chicken off the bones, it's SO worth it! Also, if you don't want to use a whole chicken or shredding it just isn't your thing, you can use chicken parts or whole breasts instead, cut off the big chunks, and dice or shred them. They'll take less cooking time, too.

There's nothing better for you, especially when ONLY chicken soup will do! It's not ambrosia (nectar of the gods), but it's as close as I can get! I appreciate your feedback and input. Enjoy! SparkPeople rocks my world! Nancy, a/k/a KEEPITMOVING

Number of Servings: 12

Ingredients

    Nancy’s Ol’ Fashioned, Easy, Simple Chicken Soup

    1 whole chicken (about 3-5 lbs.)
    4 quarts cold water (I use filtered or spring; tap is fine)
    3 large carrots
    3 large celery stalks
    3 large, whole garlic cloves
    1 large, sweet onion (or 2 medium)
    3 dried bay leaves
    6 sprigs of fresh thyme
    1 tablespoon (kosher) salt (to taste)
    2 teaspoons black pepper (to taste)
    ¼ cup chopped, fresh, Italian, flat-leaf parsley
    1-½ cs. cooked barley, pastina, orzo, acini de pepe, alphabets, brown rice, wheat noodles, or other small-size, complex carbohydrate (optional)

Directions

1. Wash chicken well (inside and out, remove organs, you can use them in this soup of you want, just make sure you wash them, too). Remove and dispose of chicken fat that is naturally lodged inside the lower cavity of the chicken near the thighs (some people save this fat, wrap it up, freeze it, and use it to fry things because, when the fat is heated, it renders down, like oil, but it’s too much cholesterol and fat for me!). Fill large pot with water and put in chicken.

2. Add salt and pepper; wrap thyme and bay leaves in some knotted cheesecloth for easier removal later; add to pot. Wash carrots, chop off bottoms, cut one in half and the other two in thirds; wash celery, cut off bottoms, cut one in half and the other two in thirds, and don't forget to cut off and include the green celery-tops (unless you're using celery hearts); peel off onion skin, chop off ends, leave whole; peel garlic cloves, leave whole; put all prepared and whole veggies in water with chicken; cover pot with tight lid; bring to simmer over medium-high heat, stirring a few times to keep everything moving around, cooking evenly, not sticking to bottom of the pot, or catching from the heat.

3. Simmer slowly, covered, stirring occasionally, for about 1-½ to 2 hours, until the chicken turns white, is cooked through, and hasn't yet fallen apart. Remove bay leaves and thyme. Using two, large, slotted spoons, carefully remove all chicken pieces, put in a big bowl, away from the stove, for about 20 minutes (with slotted spoons, press hard to separate all joints and large pieces of meat, like the thighs and breast, to crack skeleton apart for quicker cooling and easier handling).

4. While the chicken is cooling, take out the halves of the cooked carrot and celery, cut up into smaller pieces, and return to the soup. Sprinkle in parsley. Stir. Get out your food processor, scoop out with large, slotted spoons all veggies BUT the carrot and celery you just cut (NOTE: some of the onion may have separated, so include those larger pieces if you can; also, search for the garlic, which might have dissolved, so don't worry about it if you can't find it), and add veggies to your food processor. Pulse everything first to get it going (10 seconds), then puree until veggies begin to liquefy and slip down the inside of the top of the food processor (20 seconds). Add all pureed veggies back into soup pot. Add cooked noodles, pasta, rice, or other, optional, complex carb. Stir well. When chicken is cool and easier to handle, take a few large dark meat pieces and/or about ½ of a chicken breast, put in the food processor, and pulse (15 seconds). Add chopped chicken back to soup. Take apart rest of the chicken with your fingers, picking as much meat as you can off the bones and ripping it into small, bite-sized pieces. Add chicken back to soup. Reheat for a couple of minutes and stir well.

This recipe makes about twelve, substantial, 12-14 ounce servings.

NOTE: I always freeze a few servings in different size containers, so all I have to do is defrost it and I'm good to go! Also, the easiest way to defat this soup is to wait until it's cool and skim off the fat on the top with a large spoon and/or freeze in containers, so the fat rises to the top, and can easily be skimmed off prior to reheating.

Number of Servings: 12

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user KEEPITMOVING.

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Yep, good old fashioned chicken soup! - 11/18/09

    Reply from KEEPITMOVING (11/19/09)
    Thanks, JEMPOWER! I consider that a compliment, coming from you! Nancy


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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I made this today and found it delicious, healthy and very low in carbs, exactly the way I cook.......LOVED IT - 11/10/09

    Reply from KEEPITMOVING (11/11/09)
    Thanks, KITTYDOT! I appreciate all feedback and glad you didn't mind the chicken-prep time because it adds so much homestyle flavor to my recipe. Enjoy! Nancy


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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    this recipe sounds really tasty i cant wait to try it myself. - 8/11/10

    Reply from KEEPITMOVING (10/21/12)
    i hope u enjoyed it! n


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  • Very Good
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    sounds like a lot of work but i bet it's so worth it! - 11/10/09

    Reply from KEEPITMOVING (11/10/09)
    Oh, it is! Please try it and let me know how you like it. It's not hard, really, and it may take about 15 minutes to deal with the chicken. BUT THE FLAVOR!


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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This sounds really good. Think I'll try it when my daughter's here for Christmas. - 11/4/09

    Reply from KEEPITMOVING (11/5/09)
    Music to my Sparkears! Please let me know what you and your family think of my ol' fashioned chicken soup. Thank you! Nancy


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