Chicken soup recipe for the challenged

Since you guys gave me some great recommendations...
I’m looking for a recipe for chicken soup. And So you know where I’m at — that ina garten chicken broth scared me bad. So could you give me something simpler but with taste? I’ve had a lot of tasteless chicken soup?



HalfPint December 1, 2020
My quick chicken soup uses a whole rotisserie chicken and Better Than Bouillon (Roasted Chicken base):
1. Remove chicken meat from the bones and skin. Set aside meat.
2. Put bones and skin into a soup pot. Add 6-8 cups water, 2TB bouillon, 3-4 bay leaves, 1 tsp dried thyme, and 1 tsp ground black pepper. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer. Simmer 35-45 minutes.
3. Remove/scoop out the bones and skin and discard. Skim off excess fat if needed.
4. Add 1 large chopped onion (~2-3 cups), 2-3 cups chopped celery, 1 cup chopped carrots. Simmer until vegetables are tender, ~15minutes.
5. Taste and add more bouillon or salt, if needed.
6. Add in reserved chicken meat, cut into small dice-sized chunks or tear into small pieces.

Serve as is or add cooked pasta for chicken noodle soup. I prefer adding noodles to the soup when serving rather than leaving cooked noodles in the soup and reheating.
Nancy December 1, 2020
GeminiCookie - I like HalfPint's recipe.
But/and if you don't have a cooked whole chicken around, have a look at this recipe which uses fresh vegetables, chicken tenders and homemade or bought stock.
dao613 December 5, 2020
Sorry but I have to ask does simmer mean I have to put a lid on the pot?
Apologies for beginner question.
Nancy December 5, 2020
Not necessarily.
Simmer is a method of cooking keeping the food under boiling point.
Use a thermometer to keep temp 180 to 190 F.
Or visual cues are no or very tiny bubbles at the surface.
PS all questions are good - they lead to learning more.
geminicookie December 7, 2020
I just sampled my soup. I’m so proud! Thank you
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