This recipe is a family favourite, although we all have our own ways of making this nourishing chicken soup, we all make it all the time. I love to take a nourishing pot of Chicken Soup to friends who have just had a baby. The nutrients are great for a breastfeeding Mum and excellent for a healthy warm feel good cup of nourishment in the middle of the night when you are up with your new born.
I cook Rice in my chicken broth to add flavour and a heath kick, I use it in casseroles and other dishes requiring chicken stock but the main use is as a drink along side Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. Ruben LOVES it and drinks it with a straw several times a day. Sometimes just 100ml or so, sometimes 1/2 L per meal. It is so good for us, you can never have too much Chicken Soup. If he is fussing with his food and doesn’t eat enough of his meat or veg, at least I know the chicken soup will give him some nourishment.
If I am running around in the morning and didn’t eat a proper breakfast, I will take a Take Away coffee cup of Chicken Soup with me as I leave the house, yummy, warming, nourishing and a little bit of protein for energy.
I grab a bag of lovely meaty chicken bones from the butcher on the weekend and put a pot of soup on to simmer when I get home. Then I have a ready to use stock of goodness on hand all week. Breast frames, Chicken wings or Chicken necks are all excellent. I love 3-4 meaty breast frames, always use free range or organic.
I love to take a nourishing pot of Chicken Soup to friends who have just had a baby. The nutrients are great for a breastfeeding Mum and excellent for a healthy warm feel good cup of nourishment in the middle of the night when you are up with your new born.
- Chicken Bones - A large bag of free range bones from your butcher, these are very economical. I usually get lovely meaty breast frames (3-4 carcasses) My Mum likes to use Chicken wings (2kg)
- Carrot - About 5
- Celery - 1/4 - 1/2 Bunch
- Brown Onion - 1
- Garlic - 5 cloves
- Bay Leaf - 2 (fresh or dried)
- Apple Cider Vinegar - A large splash (about 1/4 cup)
- Fresh Lemon Juice - Juice of 1 Lemon
- Heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius and place the Chicken bones on a baking tray in the oven ready to roast (takes about 25 minutes)
- Meanwhile fill a large saucepan with about 4 L of water and put on a hot stove to heat up. If you happen to have a pasta cooking pot with an in-built colander, this is ideal, so much easier to strain the ingredients out at the end
- As you are waiting for the water to boil and the chicken bones to brown, prepare the vegetables and throw them into the pot of water as you go
- Peel the carrots and roughly chop into small chunks
- Wash the celery, discard the woody end and roughly chop the stems and leaves
- Roughly chop the onion and garlic into large chunks
- The veg should now be simmering away in the boiling water, once the chicken bones are brown, remove from oven and place into the water, no need to use the chicken fat rendered off the bones, but some choose to include it
- Add the lemon juice, bay leaf and apple cider vinegar and turn the heat right down to the lowest point
- Place the lid on the pot and leave to very gently simmer for as long as you can, 12 hours is great
- The vinegar adds a small flavour, but the primary purpose is to draw nutrients like magnesium and calcium out of the bones
- Once cooked, allow to cool down, strain the liquid and discard the bones and vegetables
- I keep my soup in recycled Yogurt pots in the fridge (like Jalna or Meredith Dairy, pot set containers) I freeze about half of what I have made for later in the week
- Once cooled you can easily remove any layer of fat, but fine to eat it with the soup. Roasting the bones removes most of the fats anyway
- We sip on the delicious nourishing soup a few times per day, it is a lovely warming cup of protein and goodness for me as I run out of the house on a busy morning. Ruben sips it with a straw alongside his meals, it is so nourishing you can never have too much
- We also cook our rice in stock for flavour and extra health benefits or use it in a casserole requiring Chicken Stock
- Enjoy xoxSha