The seasons are changing in Australia! Night times are approaching earlier and my winter pajamas are ready to snuggle with me. However, the body have to re-adapt to the change of weather, which makes our immune system more vulnerable. Chicken soup has a long history that we always hear from our friends and families as a home remedy to cure a cold. Whether it can truly help with our block nose and sore throats…I think just the taste and smell of this soup can work its wonders on us. What’s better than a bowl of home comfort food and watch movies on a weekend night?
Everyone has their own spin with their chicken soup. I only used a few common and cheap ingredients that you can easily get your hands on at supermarkets. Now I don’t ever want to buy chicken stock again! I didn’t want to chop my vegetables too small because they would all melt into the soup.
Homemade Chicken Stock
Preparation Time: 20 mins Cooking Time: 1 hour Estimated cost: AUS $13
1. Cut chicken into quarters and wash it under tap water.
2. Put chicken into a pot and add water in to cover all chicken pieces.
3. Once the water starts boiling, turn off heat and drain the water out.
This method is called Blanching which helps to remove impurities in the chicken.
4. Chop vegetables into chunks.
5. Optional: sauté vegetables in a little olive oil to preserve the colour and develop more flavours.
6. Pour in the vegetables with the chicken and add water in to cover.
7. When it starts to boil, turn the heat down to a soft simmer.
8. Now the waiting game begins…
1 hour later…
9. Taste the soup and add 1 tablespoon of salt.
10. Use a pair of tongs and carefully take the chicken and vegetables out.
11. You can choose to eat the chicken in whole or use a fork to scrape the meat off.
It should fall out of the bone without you trying!
Have fun cooking.