With Love, Chicken Soup

“Food feeds both the body and soul-there are clear reasons to eat a balanced diet, but there are also reasons you cling to your mom’s secret chicken noodle soup recipe when you are sick.” -Michael Mina American Chef

 It is healing, it is comfort, it is warm, and it is versatile. With the weather changing and finding ourselves in the middle of Fall, I love to have this several times throughout the season and especially into the Winter months. While my recipe below calls for a boiled hen, you can save time by picking up a rotisserie chicken and using it, or using chicken breasts. I prefer the whole hen for it’s richness and the bone broth benefits. The key is in the cayenne. I’m not sure why I started placing it in my soup, but I did and it worked. Like literal magic, so it has always been the secret ingredient until now. No more a secret. I hope you enjoy not just eating this, but enjoying making it as much as I do. 

Feel free to use whatever pasta of your choice or rice, or nothing at all. To make it gluten free, just use rice, or a gluten-free pasta. 

Chicken Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 whole hen
  2. a bunch of carrots (diced)
  3. 1 large onion (diced)
  4. 6 celery stalks with the leafy greens included (diced)
  5. 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  6. 2 cans diced tomatoes
  7. pepper to taste
  8. salt to taste
  9. extra broth may be needed
  10. **few dashes of cayenne pepper**
  11. pasta or rice of choice
Instructions
  1. Boil whole hen in plenty of water until done and remove from broth and debone.
  2. Add all of the veggies and canned tomatoes to the broth along with shredded chicken and return to boil.
  3. If needed, extra broth can be added. *suggested low-sodium
  4. Add seasonings as needed,
  5. Boil for at least an hour on low-medium heat while monitoring the flavor and water level.
Notes
  1. TIP-serve with pasta or rice when ready to plate. Do not mix together to prevent the pasta/rice from soaking up all of the broth.
  2. QUICK METHOD: Use chicken breast or rotisserie chicken and broth instead of whole hen.
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