A good chicken soup recipe uses fresh roasted chicken, fresh vegetables, herbs and seasonings and can be prepped in about 5 minutes. The Food Network website offers a simple chicken soup recipe that is considered easy enough for even beginner cooks to prepare.
Simple Chicken Soup
The recipe below makes 8 cups, enough to serve a family of four. It uses a leftover roast chicken carcass to enhance the flavor and save on cost for preparation.
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 50 min.
Ready In: 55 min.
- Bones and carcass from 4 to 5 lb. roast chicken
- 4 cup chicken broth
- 2 medium carrots, sliced into rounds
- 2 celery stalks, sliced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 cup white rice
- 2 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
- salt to taste
- Start the broth
- Remove bones
- Add vegetables
- Add rice
- Remove meat from bones
- Add meat and season
In a large pot, combine the chicken carcass, chicken broth and 4 cups of water. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Reduce the heat and allow the broth to simmer for 20 minutes. Skim off any fat or foam that forms on the top of the broth.
Use tongs to remove the chicken bones and carcass from the pot and set aside to cool.
Add celery stalks, carrots, bay leaf and onion to the broth, and allow to cook about 10 minutes.
Add the rice to the broth while stirring to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the grains are al dente.
Once the carcass has cooled, remove the meat from the bones, shredding it by hand.
Add the chicken meat to the pot once the rice has completely cooked. Add fresh parsley and salt and serve warm.