Chicken soup is a food that crosses all ethnic and cultural borders, and this is an all time favorite chicken soup recipe. It has many variations and in all households has a special place in our hearts. It has been used for both medicinal and therapeutic purposes.
Traditionally made with old hens (their meat to tough and therefore needing to cook for a length of time) it is now made with readily available chicken. Try this simple chicken soup recipe, add some of your own ingredients and enjoy this classic comfort food that feeds more than just the soul.
1 (4 to 5 pound) stewing chicken
3 1/2 quarts water
1 Tablespoon salt
3 stalks celery
1 parsley root
3 sprigs dill
3 sprigs parsley
1. Clean chicken thoroughly. Combine in a deep saucepan with the water and onions.
2. Bring to a boil and cook over medium heat for 1 1/2 hours. Add remaining ingredients.
3. Cover and cook over low heat 1 hour longer, or until chicken is tender.
4. Remove chicken and strain soup. Makes about 2 to 2 1/2 quarts soup.