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Traditional Polish Chicken Soup Recipe

Updated on June 12, 2012

My Grandmother's Chicken Soup Recipe

This is a Polish chicken soup recipe that my Grandmother made for us on Sunday's throughout my childhood. It is very simple but really delicious and warming, excellent on a cold winter's day. Make sure you have a big pot to cook it in though, although if you want to make a smaller amount it is possible to use chicken pieces or thighs (but not breast, not enough flavour). As with most homemade soups the exact measurements don't matter very much.

Chicken soup Ingredients

To make the chicken soup you will need:

1. A chicken (free-range is best)

2. 2-3 pieces of oxtail or other stewing beef on the bone (optional but adds a good flavour)

3. 2 carrots

4. 1 leek

5. 2-3 stalks of celery

6. onion

7. 1 clove of garlic

8. salt, several peppercorns, parsley

Rinse the meat under the tap, put it in a large pot and cover with 1.5L of water (make sure the water covers the meat), season with salt.

Simmer gently for 1 hour. If you boil the stock too vigorously it will be cloudy, so make sure to cool it over a small flame.

Prepare the vegetables, rinse them and cut into large pieces (e.g. cut each carrot into 3), add all the vegetables, the peppercorns and half the parsley to the stock. The whole peppercorns add a more complex flavour than ground pepper but make sure they are removed before eating, biting into one is not pleasant. Simmer for 30 minutes.

Remove the meat from the soup, remove the meat form the bones in big pieces.

Pass the soup through a sieve to remove the vegetables, some people like eating them but I find them too soft. Muslin lined sieve will give you a very clear stock. If you want to remove the fat from the stock, cool it so the fat rises to the top and remove with a spoon.

Check the seasoning, serve the chicken soup with the pieces of chicken and beef, and cooked egg noodles (bought unless you're a fanatic and want to make them yourself). Garnish with the remaining parsley.


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    • aa lite profile imageAUTHOR

      aa lite 

      5 years ago from London

      Thanks PegCole17. This is what my Grandmother always cooked for us when we went to Sunday lunch, so the recipe has a lot of sentimental value for me.

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      I like this recipe and can think of a dozen ways to use the soup. Nothing better than a good chicken stock when the weather is cold. Thanks for sharing.

    • aa lite profile imageAUTHOR

      aa lite 

      6 years ago from London

      Thanks Monis, yes I am very familiar with rosol and this is how my grandma made it. I remember days when we'd be walking or cycling in the rural bits of Poland and my aunt would jokingly refer to various chickens found on the paths, as running 'rosolki'.

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      6 years ago

      My mom makes the best polish chicken soup in the world. It's called ROSOL. It's so special, it has always been a part of every holiday/party dinner. I miss it so much!

      Voted up and interesting!

    • aa lite profile imageAUTHOR

      aa lite 

      6 years ago from London

      Hi oliversmum, thanks for stoppingg by and commenting. I hope you like it if you try it!

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      6 years ago from australia

      aa lite Hi. This sounds like a very tasty Chicken Recipe.

      It never occurred to me to use oxtail and chicken together or peppercorn in place of pepper.

      As it is coming up winter over here. I will be trying your recipe very soon.

      Thank you for sharing it with us.:):)


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