When the weather gets cold why not a little soup. Chicken Soup is so basic and easy to make everyone should give it a try. First I take a little shortcut I boil a whole chicken with peppercorns, salt, and a bay leaf or two in, ready for it, chicken stock and sometimes a little vegetable stock. Yes that’s cheating a bit. My grandmother used to pressure cook her chicken for hours before making soup but I don’t have a pressure cooker or the time for that. And her soup will always be better than mine. Not a hard boil either more of a simmer.
After about an hour, always check internal temp, I pull the chicken and set it on the side to cool down. I dont like burning my hands as I pull apart the chicken. You don’t want to over do it then it will fall apart in your broth and you will have to contend with bones in your soup. I keep the skin in a separate pile for further processing.
As soon as I take the chicken out I add my veggies. Carrots and celery are mandatory but you can add other things if you like we enjoy mushrooms as well. Cover it and bring it back up to a simmer. As for the skin I like to use it because it has a lot of flavor but it doesn’t break down very well. So what I will do is take the skin and a little broth and run it through my Ninja blender. I blend it until it is a liquid. I add all the shredded chicken and liquefied skin back to the soup. Bring it up to a simmer and season to taste.
Simmer and season until it tastes like you want it. About 15 min before ready to eat I add a bag of kluski noodles. Yes this I another shortcut from my grandmother because she would spend all day making homemade noodles. These are the closest I can find to hers.
Nothing left to do now but dip eat and enjoy. Then just feel the love warm you up from the inside out.