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      Chicken Soup

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      Time40 Min
      DifficultyEasy
      Serves2

      There is truly nothing more homely than a fresh, hot bowl of chicken soup. The aromatic fragrances leap out of the container to succumb to your every taste bud towards the dish. It is the perfect dish to precede an entree and sets the mood for culinary perfection. Chicken soup is one of the most universal dishes to have been prepared using some of the most commonly found ingredients in one’s pantr ... y. Whether it’s growing teenage kids or workaholic quadragenarians; The aroma of simmering soup with tender chicken slices in an eddy is an idyll meal. Depending on your palate, the chicken soup can be tweaked as per your preference. Whether it's the addition of chicken broth or moderation of condiments, the adjustments only make it even more delectable. A predominantly Southeast Asian cuisine, chicken soup has now transcended into international menu cards as well. This dish is one of the simplest yet soothing chicken soup recipes to make. The chicken soup ingredients can vary from traditional spices to additional vegetables and fruits. The assembling and preparation of the dish is an easy task that does not require exceptional culinary practice. This chicken recipe is by far the most versatile dish that can be paired with a number of meal options. Traditionally, the chicken soup would be accompanied by egg 'ribbons'. However, with the advent of international cuisine, there is now a variety of ingredients that are used in it. It can now transform from a Chinese dish to Italian cuisine with minor adjustments of ingredients. Chicken soup is a versatile yet delectable dish that is loved by many across the world.

      Nutrition Info. (per serving)

      ProteinFatCarbsFibre157 Cal157 Cal157 Cal157 Cal
      • 11gProtein
      • 9gFat
      • 8gCarbs
      • 5gFibre

      Ingredients

      Dry Grocery

      Refined Oil

      Refined Oil

      2 teaspoons

      Black Cardamom

      Black Cardamom

      2 units

      Cinnamon Sticks

      Cinnamon Sticks

      1 unit

      Salt

      Salt

      1 teaspoon

      Bay Leaf

      Bay Leaf

      2 units

      Poultry

      Chicken Breasts

      Chicken Breasts

      80 g

      Fruits & Vegetables

      Onion

      Onion

      1 unit

      Carrot-regular

      Carrot-regular

      1 unit

      Spinach W/o Roots

      Spinach W/o Roots

      8 pieces

      Broccoli

      Broccoli

      50 g

      French Beans

      French Beans

      50 g

      Other

      Pepper

      Pepper

      0.5 teaspoons

      Coriander Leaves

      Coriander Leaves

      10 g

      Garlic

      Garlic

      4 pieces

      Water

      Water

      2 cups

      Directions
      1
      Clean and cut the chicken into strips. Peel and fine chop the onion, garlic, carrot, beans, small florets of broccoli and shredded spinach .
      2
      Heat oil in a pot, add black pepper corn, black cardamom, cinnamon stick and saute it till fragrance of whole spices comes out. Add chopped garlic, cooked till light golden color once it turns into golden color add chopped onion, chopped coriander roots and carrot. Saute well.
      3
      Once the carrot gets tender add small florets of broccoli and beans to it along with strips of chicken breast and saute it for a few seconds. Add chicken stock and mix well, cover it with a lid and allow it to cook for 15 -20 minutes or till all flavor combined together.
      4
      Once it starts boiling remove the whole spices with the strainer and let it be cooked on slow fire for 5-10 minutes .
      5
      Adjust the seasoning according to the taste preference. As the chicken is cooked, check seasoning and serve hot.

      Success!

      We hope you had fun making it! Enjoy the meal.

      Origin and the History of Chicken Soup

      Soup is considered a hearty and healthy meal all over the world and is a staple food for many people. Soup has an interesting history and as per archaeologists, humans were consuming it 20,000 years ago. It is believed that they used clay pots to cook vegetables, meat and herbs. The contents were boiled over heat using hot rocks. Coming to the history of chicken soup, ever since the domestication of fowl happened around 10,000 years ago, chicken soup has become famous in Southeast Asia. The soup ingredients saw a lot of additions and subtractions and that changed the flavours of the soup. The soup ingredients were dictated by the seasons. Meats were preserved during winter by sun-drying them in summer. But since eating only meat would become boring, they changed it by adding various grains, vegetables and even fruits that were available in summer.

      Types of Chicken Soup

      The chicken soup recipe has many variations but ideally, a soup is something that is liquidy and served thin. It may have a few vegetables and pieces of meat. However, chicken soup has seen an evolution and to cater to different palates, there are a few types of chicken soup that is popular: The Cream of chicken soup: It is unlike the normal chicken soup recipe as it is thick and creamy. It is made with pieces of chicken and stock that are mixed with cream or flour and may or may not contain vegetable chunks. Chicken noodle soup: This is another popular version of chicken soup, in this chicken soup recipe, noodles are added to the chicken broth. This dish becomes a wholesome meal by itself and is nutritious too due to the presence of chicken pieces and broth.

      Chicken Soup in different Cultures

      The chicken soup ingredients used are all healthy and in some cultures, it is considered medicine to cure infections like cold and also bronchitis. Jews also rate the chicken soup highly and consider it as an alternative for penicillin. The chicken soup ingredients and the way it is made varies based on the culture. In the United Kingdom, the chicken soup is very watery and has some chunks of chicken and other vegetables like onion, carrot, etc which is spiced with pepper. However, in Scotland, a popular version is the cock-a-leekie soup where there are shreds of chicken and leeks. Chicken noodles soup is popular in the United States and Canada and is traditionally prepared using hens which are cooked over the flame for a short time. Chicken broth-based soups are popular in China. An elaborate version is to use freshly hen and seasoned with herbs and boiled for a long time. While the quicker version of the chicken soup recipe is seasoning the hen with pepper, soy sauce, scallions of ginger and boiled. French serve the chicken soup using chicken broth either as a thin version or a concentrated form and seasoned with thyme, bay leaves, garlic and white wine. The chicken soup is made from Bouillon De Poulet or Bouillon which is nothing but chicken broth. A hen called the Suppenhuhn or the soup hen is used to make chicken soup in Germany. In some parts of the country, the chicken broth is added with dumplings or noodles. Italy known for its pasta dishes often has chicken soup with pasta. The interesting part of chicken soup here is that sometimes, the chicken and the vegetables are removed and served as a dish. It is a traditional dish for the Jewish communities of Russia and Poland and the chicken stock is made from bones. The soup is served with Matzah balls, flat egg noodles or dumplings. Closer home in India, the chicken soup also has many versions where the chicken broth is spiced with green chillies, peppercorns, etc.

      Choosing Chicken for Chicken Soupe

      One of the things to know even before learning how to make chicken soup is to pick the best chicken for it. Some of the things to consider are: To make the soup flavorful use the older chicken like the boiler, rooster or pullet. A packaged whole chicken that is fresh can be brought from a store and the meat can be removed when cooking is completed. Organic skinless breasts can also be used if you are on a diet or health-conscious. If you are buying it from a local butcher then ask for a soup hen that is at least 16 weeks old. The older the hen the better the flavour. If you are thinking of making the chicken noodles soup then use the chicken thighs. They are tender and delicious even after simmering. Use the bones to make the chicken broth taste better.

      Tips to Make a Perfect Chicken Soupe

      The chicken soup for the cold is comforting even when you are not sick. However when you search for how to make chicken soup many recipes come up. Follow any of them but also consider these tips to make this tasty soup taste even better. Make the chicken stock first irrespective of the chicken soup recipe you follow and then add the ingredients of your choice like the chicken, noodles, vegetables, etc. Ensure that the chicken broth or the stock that you use is flavorful. The broth is the main source of flavour and hence make sure it is flavoured right. The cooking time of each ingredient varies, some cook faster than others. While cooking ingredients use the one that takes longer first so that everything gets cooked evenly. Chop vegetables in a reasonable size, else it becomes difficult to eat using a spoon. Even the greens that you use should be chopped to make it easy to eat. Also, try to chop all the veggies to the same size. Whether it is the chicken clear soup or the noodles soup, once it has come to a boil, simmer it. Boiling it on high heat makes the vegetables mushy, the meat hard and the noodles will start to break. Season the chicken beforehand, brown it in a pan and bake in the oven. When you want to make the soup, chop them and add it as the last ingredient. Do not overcook the chicken as it can ruin your soup.

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