The Quickest & Easiest Classic Chicken Soup
Is there anything more comforting than a bowl of classic chicken soup? Whenever I'm feeling a little under the weather or just in the mood for something warm and cozy, chicken soup is my go-to. This recipe is one of the easiest yet, and with so few ingredients, it's a no-brainer!
Is it just me or is chicken soup a totally nostalgic meal? It seems like people always want to eat it the exact way their mom or grandma made it for them as a child. When Mitch came down with a cold recently, he asked for chicken soup with the "carrots cut into circles like his Nana used to do it." Yes, sicky, anything for you & those puppy eyes. (Btw, what is it with grown men turning into little boys again when they have a minor cold?! Ha!) So I picked up a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken and got to chopping up those round carrots, and I wondered if this recipe was too simple to share on here. But hey, who doesn't love an easy dinner recipe with a few shortcuts!? Best thing is, this makes a huge batch of soup, so you'll have tons of leftovers! I love prepping this on a Sunday so I'm ready to go for the week.
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 white onion, diced
4 medium carrots, sliced in rounds or diced
3 celery stalks, roughly chopped or diced
6 cups organic chicken bone broth
1 bay leaf
1 pre-cooked organic rotisserie chicken - shredded
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
Salt & pepper to taste
1. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
2. Add chopped onion, celery, carrots, and bay leaf, and saute about 5 minutes. Season with salt & pepper.
3. Add chicken bone broth, bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, and cook until
vegetables are tender (about 10 minutes).
4. Add shredded chicken, season again with salt and pepper, and cook until heated through, 3-5 more minutes.
5. Stir in parsley and serve!
I love the simplicity of this soup, but you could always add in some noodles, quinoa, or beans, plus some extra herbs. If you'd prefer to cook the chicken yourself, rather than picking up a rotisserie chicken, more power to ya!
Wondering what the deal is with chicken bone broth? Yes, it's been around for years and years, but it's recently become a hot trend in the wellness world thanks to it's amazing health benefits, and it's a super easy upgrade in this recipe from regular chicken broth or stock. Bone broth is very nutrient-dense, easy to digest, full of protein, and it even boosts immunity (perfect for when you have a pesky cold!). It's also a great source of collagen, which reduces inflammation, heals gut lining, and supports healthy joints, ligaments, bones, skin and hair! Still curious? Read more about the health benefits here.
Enjoy this cozy recipe and stay well this Fall season!
11/13/2016 03:15:30 pm
This is perfect for us Californian's trying to survive our first winter on the East Coast!
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