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Make Homemade Chicken Soup Fast and Easy

Updated on March 28, 2015
Big pot of homemade chicken soup
Big pot of homemade chicken soup | Source

Delicious Home Made Chicken Soup is Easy and Fast!

Once you learn how to make homemade chicken soup, you'll never want to buy another can, bag, box or package of pre-made soups again - at least that's my hope and guess! Soup is good food for lunch, dinner and snacks and any time of year too!

Homemade soup has all fresh ingredients so that you know exactly what is in it and I find that freshly made soup always tastes so much better anyway. This is also an easy one pot recipe to keep your dirty dishes at a minimum! Your home will smell amazing with a big pot brewing on the stove when everyone comes home at the end of a busy day. Chicken soup is always my number one recipe any time any one in my family is getting a cold, the flu or just not feeling well. There's something about it that just makes us feel better. Make some today!

Here you'll find my recipe that I use no matter what kind of chicken I use (whole chicken or breasts, thighs, wings, backs or legs) and it always tastes rich with flavor and is filling to eat alone, for a snack or to make a complete meal with. My family eats more fresh veggies and enjoys it too so I try to make this recipe at least weekly so it's ready when they are. I've also included all the supplies I use if you're unsure of what kitchen tools will help you in your own kitchen to make this homemade recipe soon!

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All-Clad 5507 Stainless Steel Stockpot Cookware, 7-Quart, Silver
All-Clad 5507 Stainless Steel Stockpot Cookware, 7-Quart, Silver

All Clad Stock Pot is your one pot that does so much - you'll love it! Use it as I do for large batches of homemade soup, cooking pasta, stews. Super fast and easy clean up is a great feature of All Clad and it will look sparkling clean for years to come with very minimal effort.

 

All Clad Stainless Steel 7 Quart Stock Pot - The Best Stock Buy you can own and my personal favorite!

Invest in a quality made stainless steel stock pot for the best tasting soups. Stainless steel won't absorb food odors from previously cooked items, cooks evenly, they clean super fast and easy and always look great. Plus, stainless steel pots have no residue, chemicals or flaking that could enter your food.

"Your home will smell amazing with a big pot of soup brewing on the stove when everyone comes home at the end of a busy day."

Brown the Chicken - I usually use a whole chicken to make a batch of soup but, this time I used two boneless skinless chicken breasts in this recipe

Homemade Chicken Soup Brown Chicken
Homemade Chicken Soup Brown Chicken | Source

Use one large stainless steel stock pot from start to finish. Shown is my All Clad Stock Pot. I add just a touch of cooking spray oil into the bottom of the pot, heat the pot and then add my raw chicken. Sprinkle with any of your favorite all chicken season mix, fresh ground pepper and allow to completely brown.

At this stage, I also add 1/4 small chopped onion, 4-5 celery leaves and 1 bay leaf.

As the chicken continues to brown, the bottom of your stock pot will start to create the carmelization needed to give you great flavors. Don't burn the chicken but, do allow it to fully brown on both sides.

Begin creating your flavorful Chicken Broth

Once the chicken is really browned, begin adding one cup of water and bring to a boil. The carmelization that was created at the bottom of the stock pot from browning holds much of the soup flavor and will disappear from your pot when water is added, so no need to worry! Keep adding water one cup at a time until you begin to see your chicken soup broth beginning to form, in about 5-10 minutes. Then fill the rest of the stock pot up with water, bring to a boil and then allow to simmer about 1 hour.

Wash and Peel Fresh Vegetables - Now you can get your fresh vegetables clean, peeled and ready for soup..

Homemade Chicken Soup Wash and Peel Fresh Veggies
Homemade Chicken Soup Wash and Peel Fresh Veggies | Source

OXO Pro Peeler

OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler
OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler

Get a good vegetable peeler that is easy to handle without giving you calluses, that swivels no matter what direction you're peeling in and you'll see it's a fast and easy task in the kitchen for any fresh vegetable peeling you need to do.

 

I used celery, onions and carrots.

You could also add peas, zucchini and mushrooms or other veggies if you like.

If you'd rather not have to spend time cutting your veggies, simply buy pre-cut ones from your favorite grocer.

I like fresh but, frozen is also a great option.

Cut Fresh Chopped Veggies - Cut nice bite sized pieces and then add all the vegetables to the soup broth.

Homemade Chicken Soup Add Fresh Veggies
Homemade Chicken Soup Add Fresh Veggies | Source

Poly Cutting Boards are the Best! - For cutting and chopping vegetables for your homemade soups, poly cutting boards are easily cleaned and disinfected

My husband is a Professional Chef and recommends poly cutting boards for the cleanest kitchen and safest food preparation so I take my tips from him and have never been sorry. Try them for yourself to see the difference!

Remove Cooked Chicken and Cool - After about an hour simmering in the broth, chicken is cooked and can be removed and placed in a colander to cool and shred.

Homemade Chicken Soup Remove Chicken and Cool
Homemade Chicken Soup Remove Chicken and Cool | Source

Place a bowl under your colander to reserve any juices and soup broth that drains off so you can re-add it to your soup after the chicken is shredded.

Stainless Steel Colander

I'm a huge fan of stainless steel and use a stainless steel colander for many tasks in the kitchen such as cooling chicken for great homemade chicken soup. You'll find so many uses for a large colander such as these shown from straining all your pasta noodles and macaroni, washing your fresh lettuce and other vegetables or cooling meat that you want to shred.

Skim along the top of the soup to remove additional fat and celery leaves

Homemade Chicken Soup Skim the Top
Homemade Chicken Soup Skim the Top | Source

Add Shredded Chicken back into Soup - I prefer to shred the chicken as shown, you could dice it into small bite sized pieces if you'd rather.

Add Shredded Chicken to Soup
Add Shredded Chicken to Soup | Source

Fresh Batch of Homemade Chicken Soup - Yummy! - Add salt to taste, remove the bay leaf and serve a big bowl of homemade chicken soup just like this or add your

How to Make Homemade Chicken Soup
How to Make Homemade Chicken Soup | Source

When you're all done, store soups properly.

Store in a sealed container to keep it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks and your chicken soup is great to keep in the freezer for the next easy meal and to have on hand when anyone is feeling ill.

Bormioli Rocco Parma Soup Plates, Set of 6, White
Bormioli Rocco Parma Soup Plates, Set of 6, White

Serve your best recipes in a Beautiful Bowl! - Once you've taken the time to create your best soup recipes, they deserve to be showcased in a lovely bowl!

 

© 2012 Cindy

Will you make a batch of Homemade Chicken Soup soon? - Thanks for your comments!

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