It is a homemade chicken soup day today, as cool April showers water the earth. This spring keeps blowing in drastic changes in the air, with temperatures climbing into the 70’s and then dip down to the 30’s within hours of each other. Storms and tornadoes become a regular springtime threat in Missouri. This year it is flash flood warnings, and now the mighty Mississippi is cresting in some small local rivertowns. One of my favorite comfort foods is homemade chicken soup. During cold and/or rainy weather, nothing beats the aroma in the kitchen and flavor at mealtime.
My homemade chicken soup recipe includes fresh chicken and vegetable stock, herbs, and garlic are key. Organic brings out the flavors. It’s clean, no artifical product to dull the tastes. I roasted a chicken fryer for our Sunday dinner with plans to use the leftovers later. I simply put a fryer in the crockpot, added no-salt lemon pepper, a pinch of kosher salt, fresh thyme, and 32 oz organic vegetable broth. This slow-cooked for 8 hours while working at the spice shoppe. Sometimes I use a different herb mixture such as herbs de provence or an Italian blend. After our Sunday dinner, I diced 2 celery ribs and 2 carrots, minced 2 garlic cloves, and added to the existing stock from the roasted chicken. This time it is chicken-rice soup, so I added a 1/2 cup of brown rice. (If it is chicken-noodle soup, I add rice, gluten-free noodles.) I cooked for about 30 minutes on the stovetop. Then I added more vegetable broth and the leftover chicken chunks. The soup pot is in the fridge for lunches and future dinners. This is what we will have for dinner tonight. Steaming hot soup and a warm French baquette! Ummmmm!
Cold and rainy on this side of state–so that sounded so Yummy I could almost smell it over here! Wish I had a taste.
Still raining here, too! Maybe our next visit together we can have my soup on the menu?!
gosh, your soup looks heavenly!!! i am guessing you just added the cooked fryer meat without bones into the crockpot? i am going to try this. thanks!! ♥
Thanks for commenting. I pull out the entire chicken and strain the stock before putting the stock into a soup pan. While the vegetables and rice cook, I de-bone the chicken, cube the meat, and put into the soup pan with more chicken or vegetable stock after the veggies and rice are cooked. Does that make sense? Enjoy!
yes it makes perfect sense…i cannot wait to try it. thanks, Deanna!