When winter arrives, the temperature drops, and the dark nights draw in, it’s time for homemade chicken soup.
It's the quintessential soup from your childhood, the one your mother used to make to nurse you back to health after you’ve been poorly, and it will always remain the ultimate comfort food. In the west, a homemade chicken soup is considered a nourishing and nurturing tonic for a convalescing family member, while in Asia, and China, in particular, chicken noodle soup is symbolic of culinary perfection in all its beautiful simplicity.
A homemade chicken soup recipe offers the chance to use up any leftovers you might have from a roast chicken dinner - the dark meat adds flavour to a chicken broth, creating a tasty soup that will be a family-loved staple on winter evenings.
With chunks of delicious white chicken breast floating in the soup, bay leaves for a herby flavour, and plenty of salt and pepper, it’s very easy to make and always a winner.
A Simple Homemade Chicken Soup Recipe
A simple chicken soup is a base upon which you can build and supplement your own ingredients, add your favourite vegetables, carrots, sweetcorn, peas, or whatever you have leftover in the fridge. You can add some spinach leaves or some other green leaves to swirl around in the soup.
Start with the chicken breast, by browning it in a large pot over medium heat until golden all over. Remove the chicken breasts and add three finely-chopped onions and cook stirring. If you like garlic, add a couple of crushed garlic cloves and cook on medium-high heat until transparent. Add chopped carrots, spring onions, bay leaves and mixed herbs. Add two cups of water and reduce heat to medium and cook for about 20 minutes until reduced. Then add a litre and a half of chicken stock and lemon juice and cover the pot.
Allow to cook until the broth has the golden colour of chicken soup. Cook your egg noodles separately and add them to the broth when serving, piping-hot. Season with salt and pepper.
Daniel Humm’s Mother’s Creamy Chicken Soup Recipe
If you’re looking for a great homemade chicken soup recipe, you can do a lot worse than having Eleven Madison Park’s Daniel Humm’s own mother’s creamy chicken soup in your arsenal. Watch the video to find out this Swiss chicken soup for the warming you need when the snow is keeping you inside by the fire.
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