Chicken Soup

By WinnieAb
November 13, 2009
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Author Notes: My father Barry Wine (chef/owner of the now closed Quilted Giraffe restaurant in NYC) showed me how to make this great homemade chicken soup about 10 years ago. I make it often because it's one of my favorite meals.

One of the great things about this recipe is that it yields great leftovers that are endlessly variable. You can mix some miso (instead of salt) into a serving of soup or try it with a little crème fraiche. Have some with leftover cooked rice or potatoes one day, with coconut milk and some Thai chili sauce added another day... And don't forget about noodles- anything from egg noodles to buckwheat soba noodles works well!


Serves: 6-8

  • 1 whole chicken, approx. 3-4 pounds, preferably free-range
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 ribs celery, chopped
  • 3 parsnips, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large turnip, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 -1/2 large daikon radish, peeled and chopped
  • coarse sea salt to taste
  • fresh black pepper to taste- optional
  1. Heat olive oil and butter in a large soup pot. Place chicken in the pot and allow to sear for a minute or so on each side. Add a little water if necessary to prevent the chicken from burning.
  2. Add chopped onion and cook for several minutes, moving the chicken around, again adding a little water to prevent burning.
  3. Add the rest of the vegetables, and then add enough water to cover the chicken (about 10 cups). Bring to a boil, skim any foam that rises to the top, and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 50 minutes-1 hour.
  4. Turn off heat. Carefully remove the chicken and allow to cool in a separate bowl.
  5. If you are going to be serving all of the soup right away, you’ll want to remove the meat from the chicken bones, chop or shred it, and add it back into the soup (make sure you don’t burn yourself).
  6. Sprinkle with course sea salt and freshly ground pepper before serving; you might also want to add some finely chopped greens such as kale (the heat will wilt them down) and/or green onions before serving.
  7. If you are eating just some of the soup right away, I suggest taking the meat off the chicken and then storing it in the refrigerator to add back into individual servings of soup. You can also reserve some of the chicken for another use, like chicken salad.
  8. One last tip: Do not discard your picked over chicken bones; keep them in the freezer so that you can make chicken stock.

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