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Grandma’s Chicken Soup
(At least I'll be a grandma in 2 months!)

It’s President’s Day so I guess I should post a recipe for Cherry Pie to honor George Washington, but with all the sick folks I’ve talked to this week I thought I’d post this healing soup recipe…
Years ago I watched a TV show that extolled the benefits of homemade chicken soup, which is why so many of our grandmothers made it when folks in the family got sick. The experts on the show explained that in order to get the health inducing benefits, the  whole chicken had to be boiled for several hours to insure that all the healing nutrients were released. I went in search of a good recipe, and for the past decade, before my schedule got so crammed, I put together a pot when folks I loved were under the weather. It remains a favorite for my kids, and if they’re around, they’ll still ask for a batch if they have a case of the “punies.” I hope you enjoy it!

1 whole chicken
13 oz. chicken broth
11/2 half tsp. salt
10 peppercorns
1 bay leaf
1 onion unpeeled stuck with 2 whole cloves.
1 stalk of celery with leaves broken in pieces.
3 sprigs of parsley.
1 slice of lemon.
1 small onion chopped.

2 small potatoes cubed.
4 large carrot, cubed.
3 stalks of celery.
½ cup of noodles (Can be eliminated if you need the soup gluten free.)
Rub chicken with 1 clove of garlic. Place in a large pot. Add chicken broth, and water to cover completely. Add onion stuck with whole cloves, salt, peppercorns, bay leaf, chopped onions, sprig of celery, parsley, lemon slice. Heat to a boiling. Reduce heat and cook until chicken is fork tender. Remove bones and skin, and cut chicken into bite size pieces. Set aside.
Return soup to heat and boil liquid until it’s reduced by ¼. Then add cubed potatoes, carrots, celery. Cook over medium heat until veges are almost tender, about 15 minutes. Add noodles and chicken cook until noodles are done, about 6-8 minutes. Serves about 8.


March 19, 2011 @08:22 pm

This is great I just threw a whole chicken in the crock pot and was wondering what I was going to do. Sounds very healing! Thanks.

March 05, 2011 @08:42 pm

Nancy, the you take out the unpeeled onion stuck with a clove. The celery kind of cooks to nothing:) It's supposed to snow here again. I think I'll make up a batch.

March 02, 2011 @10:48 pm

Sounds great, but a leave the unpeeled onion/cloves and the celery w/leaves in??

February 27, 2011 @09:20 pm

Made a huge batch of chicken soup. My boys loved it and it lasted a couple of days which is amazing in this house;)"

February 21, 2011 @09:22 pm

What an interesting recipe! I think I'm going to have to try it out soon ; )


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