Cooking chicken soup: recipe and tips – Guide

Status: 02/05/2020 12:08 | archive

As a home remedy for colds or simply as a hearty meal at any time of the year: chicken soup not only tastes great, but it’s also very easy to make at home. However, preparation takes some time.

Making Chicken Soup: Here’s How

A wooden bowl of chicken soup with a tea towel under it.  © imago images Photo: Panthermedia

Not only pleasure in the cold season: hearty chicken soup.

The most important ingredients for homemade chicken soup are soup chicken, soup vegetables with celery, leeks and carrots, as well as onions and salt. The chicken is cooked whole, only the gizzard with the fat gland is removed. It is best to first cut the onion in half, fry it briefly and add it together with the peel – this guarantees a good color.

Put all the ingredients in a saucepan and add the ginger, a bay leaf or two and whole peppercorns if you like. Pour cold water and slowly bring to a boil. Then simmer over low heat for about an hour or two, occasionally removing the foam from the surface with a ladle.

Delicious with peas, rice and pasta

At the end of the cooking time, remove the chicken, clean the meat from the bones and cut it into small pieces, and then add it back to the soup along with vegetables such as carrots and peas. If you like the soup to be very transparent, first rub it through a sieve. Add rice or soup noodles, if desired, and cook in the soup. Tip: If you want to reheat the soup later, cook the rice and noodles separately and add them just before serving so they don’t get soggy.

make your own eggs

In addition to pasta and rice, egg cream is a classic addition. To do this, simply mix an egg with a little cream or milk, season with salt, pepper and a little nutmeg and leave the mixture covered in a water bath for about 20 minutes to set. Then remove from the mold and cut into cubes.

Why is chicken soup useful?

A ceramic bowl with chicken soup, a kitchen towel nearby.  © imago images Photo: Westend61

Chicken soup can also be frozen. Add noodles or rice to the soup only after defrosting.

Even our great-grandfathers appreciated chicken soup as an effective home remedy for colds. Research now proves they were right. The ingredients of the soup have an absorbent effect on the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract. In addition, they contain vitamins, as well as zinc and iron, which strengthen the immune system. In addition, through soup, the body absorbs a lot of liquid – this is especially important during a cold.


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