Simple Chicken Soup

Many of you will agree that there are few things more comforting than a bowl of chicken soup. Almost every culture has their own version that has been passed down throughout generations. I love to order the Sopa de lima (lime soup made with lots of chicken) from our favorite Mexican restaurant and I often spice up my own soup with Asian flavors like ginger, Thai basil, and Sriracha. This recipe, however, is more representative of my own heritage. Good old fashioned chicken soup, American style, that is similar to what my own grandmothers would have made. Go ahead and add noodles if you like. I prefer my starch in the form of a large chunk of sourdough bread served alongside for dipping.

You can refer to my previous post for chicken stock and shredded chicken
for this recipe or use store bought or home cooked roasted chicken and boxed stock. It will be great either way although the sodium content is likely to be higher with the purchased ingredients. Once you have your chicken and stock, this soup is super easy to put together. Freeze what’s leftover for a quick, hot, nutritious meal.
Simple Chicken Soup
(10 – 12 servings)
@1 TB olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
4 carrots, chopped
6 celery ribs, chopped
salt & black pepper
4 cups cooked chicken, shredded or chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
juice of 1 whole lemon
6 cups chicken stock, homemade or low sodium
1 TB fresh thyme or 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
Chop onion, carrots and celery into medium/large chunks.
Place olive oil in a large stockpot (6 – 8 quart) then add chopped veggies. Season with 1/2 tsp salt and some freshly ground black pepper. Saute on medium heat until the veggies just begin to become soft, stirring occasionally, about 7 – 10 minutes.
Stir in chopped garlic and saute another 2 -3 minutes.
Stir cooked, shredded or chopped chicken.
Add lemon juice,
and chicken stock.
Stir in thyme and add more salt and black pepper to your taste.
Serve with your favorite bread, crackers or noodles… Enjoy and be well!
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”
Leonardo da Vinci