Here is a recipe everyone should have in their kitchen: Classic Chicken Soup
My kiddo woke up with a sore throat on Saturday morning. “It hurts a lot, Mom. But I’m still playing in my lacrosse game today!!”
“Okay,” I said. “But you’ll play the game and then come home and rest for the remainder of the weekend.”
He did just that. Scored 3 goals and assisted a few (on a rainy, chilly day). They won the game, and my lacrosse-obsessed son happily got his fill of playing. He’s very passionate about lacrosse, so it’s tough for me to take that away… even when the Mother in me says he should sit-it-out and get better instead. We chilled-out for the rest of the weekend, and he’s feeling a bit better with the exception of a pesky cold. Sunday was a day to make my magical, healing, homemade, classic chicken soup. I love this recipe because it makes use of the entire chicken carcass in the soup, which adds an incredible amount of flavor (as it should) to chicken soup.
The kiddo is pretty opinionated about how he truly feels about dinner. He’s not afraid to tell me if he doesn’t care for it, and he’s also willing to share how he thinks I should adapt the recipe to make it better. With this soup, he was perfectly satisfied. Completely! He gobbled up every bit with some King’s Hawaiian rolls for dunking, and I’m happy to have leftovers for a couple of nights to come.
Classic Chicken Soup
Prep Time:25 minutes
Cook Time:2 hours and 30 minutes
- 4 to 5 pound whole chicken
- 4 to 6 cups chicken broth
- 1 large onion, diced
- 3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 large parsnip, peeled and chopped (optional)
- 2 heaping tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
- 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- noodles, optional!
- Rinse the chicken and remove the inside parts. Place the chicken in a large stockpot, add the chicken broth, and then add enough water to cover the chicken. Bring the chicken in broth to a boil, if there is visible fat, skim it and discard. Then add the onion, carrot, celery, garlic and parsnip. Simmer until chicken is tender- about 2 1/2 hours.
- Remove the chicken to a cutting board and let rest until it's cool enough to handle. Shred the chicken apart, then add back to the soup. Stir in the parsley and dill. Taste and add salt and pepper. If you want noodles in the soup, add them to the broth, bring to a boil again and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes (or until noodles are tender).
- If you prepare this recipe using chopped or shredded chicken breast instead of a whole chicken, then this recipe yields ZERO Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints (no noodles!)