It is officially Spring time, the first of March. I can imagine that most of you are welcoming today with rain coats and boots as I am, as it's more of a sub zero rain storm outside that spring showers!
I thought I would quickly share this recipe for a seasonal bowl of Chicken Soup, made with Free Range whole chicken and all your gorgeous spring time Veggies!! I made this a few weeks ago and it lasted for daaaaaaaaaaays, tasting even better each time I heated it! Now you can pretty much choose which Veg to use, whatever is in your fridge, or if you're a huge fan of potatoes stick those in instead of sweet potato!
Whole Free Range Chicken
5 large Shallotte's, chopped
3 Spring Onions, Choppped
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
4 carrots, chopped into discs
2 bay leaves
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
bunch of fresh parsley (reserve some for serving)
Water, as needed
Additional salt and pepper, to taste
- Poach the whole chicken in a large pan covered in hot water, bringing to the boil then reducing the heat and simmering for 2 hours, carefully seasoning with salt and pepper.
- Once the chicken has cooked and will easily remove from the bone, remove the whole chicken from the pan and set aside to cool. You should just be left with the cooking water in your pan.
- After the chicken has cooled, remove the skin and any undesirable fat, start to pull the meat from the bone. (I use two forks to pull apart the meat and shred it)
- Put all the meat and veg, including garlic, thyme etc into the pan with a little more water.
- Discard of chicken waste but add the leg bones to your soup, this will really help with the flavour and natural stock.
- Bring the soup to the boil again, seasoning well, then reduce the heat and cook for a further 2 hours, until all veg is cooked through.
- Make sure to stir your soup and season to taste, removing bay leaves and bones before serving..
- IMPORTANT- serve with the freshest, crustiest white loaf you can find/make... makes the experience F A R more enjoyable!
Voila, a spring time soup fit for gatherings or family meals, lasting days and days!!
Recipe adapted from here