Chicken Soup from the Heart! This recipe is the one I remember my Serbian Grandmother (Baba) making for us as children. My Mom has since carried on the tradition. Now, it is my favorite “go-to” soup. So perfect for those cold, dreary days, or even to help heal you from the inside when you aren’t feeling so well. This Chicken Soup is, and always was, served as we celebrate Orthodox Christmas in January.
Additionally, I love the clean look of this soup. Totally not a fan of having a ton of vegetables in my Chicken Soup. Chicken, an amazing broth, and fabulous noodles are all I really need. If you ever get the chance to find homemade noodles, buy them. The women at our local Serbian church would make them all the time. Big brown bags were filled with the thinest, hand cut noodles you have ever seen.
The flavor of this Chicken Soup is amazing. Be sure to use bone-in chicken. A whole chicken, or chicken breasts will work perfectly.
HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN SOUP
In a large stock pot, add the chicken, celery, onion, potato, cabbage, parsnip, kosher salt, black pepper and the chicken broth. Heat to almost boiling. Lower heat and allow to simmer for about an hour, or just until the chicken is fully-cooked. Try not to cook beyond this as the chicken will actually become tough, and lose a lot of its flavor making it difficult to use in the soup.
As mentioned earlier, If you are lucky enough to find homemade noodles, use them! If not, a great alternative are these fine egg noodles from Manischewitz. Cook the noodles for just a few minutes less than the recommendation on package. Remove chicken from pot and allow to cool enough to be able to handle.
Hint: Take the cabbage and the potato out of the broth. Cut up. Add butter, kosher salt and black pepper. Enjoy this bowl of goodness while you are finishing the soup! My Hubby loves it!
Remove any of the larger pieces of vegetables. Discard. Run the broth through a mesh strainer. This will catch any tiny pieces of bone that may have fallen off the chicken. Basically, I just grab an extra pot. Place the strainer on the top edge and pour the soup through the strainer into the clean pot. Discard the contents in the strainer.
TO FINISH AND SERVE CHICKEN SOUP
Place broth back on stove on medium-low heat. Add in the sliced carrots. Remove the chicken from the bone and add into the soup. Taste for additional salt.
Honestly, I never add my noodles to my soup. I keep them separate even when I store the leftovers in the fridge. I just think that noodles tend to soak up too much of the broth and can become mushy. Leftovers can be enjoyed for up to three days in the fridge. You can easily freeze the Chicken Soup. However, I would recommend just freezing the soup without the noodles.
To serve, grab your bowls. Fill with a few handfuls of the noodles. Ladle in the Chicken Soup. ENJOY! Love soup? Click here to check these out! In addition, I usually will cook extra chicken to also prepare a bit of my Homemade Chicken Salad. It is the BEST!
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