Healthy Chicken Soup Recipes with a Twist
There is hardly any non-vegetarians out there who does not love the taste and flavour of chicken and the varied recipes that they can try in this case. However, among the various chicken dishes, one that not only gives you an enhanced taste but also good health is that of chicken soup. There is no doubt that chicken soup can be prepared in hundreds of ways and each with a different twist to the smell and taste. However, you would want something that rates top notch in both the aspects of health and deliciousness.
The best is to trust on the recipe below and try is at least once to know the worth of the recipe. It is prepared in an easy and convenient manner and you have to follow the process step by step to get successful chicken soup results in hand.
Whole Chicken: 1 (3 pound)
Celery: 4 stalks, halved
Onion: 1, large, halved
Carrots: 4, halved
Water: to Cover
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Chicken Bouillon Granules: 1 teaspoon (optional)
Method to Prepare Homemade Chicken Soup:
Take the chicken, celery, carrots and onions in a large pot and cover it well with cold water. This should be heated and simmered but uncovered till the time the chicken leaves the bones well. This is the sign that the chicken has started to cook in the right manner.
Take out the vegetables and chicken from the pot and strain the broth (water) from the pot. The meat should be taken disposing off the bones along with the carrots, celery and onions. The vegetables should be chopped finely in this case.
The broth on the other hand should be seasoned well with salt and pepper as well as the chicken bouillon granules. (In case you are using it). Now add back the chopped chicken and the vegetables carrots, onions and celery into the pot of broth and stir it well. Heat it again a little before you plan to pour in decorative serving bowls to serve your guests or the family members.
Not only is this an easy way to make chicken soup but also one of the delicious ways in which you can restore good health. It is the perfect recipe to even try in the cases of cold and flu. The recipe is bound to give you some great results for health restoration. Well again, it can be used as an appetizer for meals.
Tips to Remember:
1. Make sure you use fresh chicken or else you might end up in bad health or low levels of taste of the soup.
2. Take fresh vegetables as well for the same reason.
3. The chicken should be removed from the pot only when it separates from the bone.
4. Chop the vegetables and chicken well or else it might hamper the taste of the soup.
This is a sure short cut way to enjoy a good chicken recipe in a fast and easy manner. You need to just try it well before developing the fine skill of an ideal recipe of chicken soup.
Chicken Soup with an Italian Twist
Those who love to combine the fine flavour of chicken with the hotness and spiciness of Italy and its recipes should know that there are a lot of ways in which you can prepare an Italian chicken soup recipe for dinner which is surely a winner! No matter what, this is one cooking idea that will never fail to impress your guests. You have to read through the recipe below given in a step by step manner to actually understand the best way to prepare it.
Cooking Time: 40 minutes (totally worth it!)
Smoked Bacon Slices: 2, chopped
Plum Tomato: 1 cup, chopped
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs: cut into 2 inch pieces, 12 ounces
Chopped Onions: ½ cup
Garlic Clove: 1, minced
Chopped Fresh Oregano: 2 tablespoons
Water: 2 cups
Black Pepper: ¼ teaspoon
Fat Free Chicken Broth: 2 cups
Uncooked Rice Shaped Pasta (orzo): 2/3 cup
Chopped Fresh Parsley: 2 tablespoons
Organic White Beans: 1 can (15 ounce) rinsed and strained
Salt: ¼ teaspoon
White Wine Vinegar: 1 tablespoon
Method to Prepare:
Take the bacon and cook it well in a large pan for about 7 minutes on medium heat till the time it becomes crisp. The bacon should be kept aside and the drippings from the pan should be kept stored as well for use in the soup later on.
This drippings in the pan can be used to cook the chicken. Sauté both for about 5-6 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan and keep aside. Now to this pan, add the onions and the garlic and cook them until they are soft and tender and gives out a nice fragrance.
Now add in the fresh oregano, tomatoes and pepper to it and cook for the next 1-2 minutes. During this time, you need to stir the mixture continuously to prevent it from sticking. Now add the cooked bacon as well as the chicken to the pan. Add the water and the broth to it while scraping the sides from any pieces and drippings into the mix.
This liquid should be left to boil which will take another 10-15 minutes of your time. Add the rice shaped pasta to it which should take another 9-10 minutes for proper cooking. This should be followed by beans and cooked for the next two minutes or till the beans are tender in nature.
Remove the soup from the heat and add on the fresh parsley, salt and vinegar to it. Pour it in soup bowls and serve this Italian White Bean and Chicken Soup to your guests without second thoughts! It is surely one of the simplest and the best recipes to use. For additional spice, you can add on chilli flakes to the coup while drinking. You can always modify the taste as per your taste buds.
One of the chicken soup recipes is a basic one for daily preparation and the other one is for special occasions when you want to serve the members with something different and out of the box! Enjoy your meal!
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