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July 5, 2011 / amyjmcintosh

Chicken soup

Chicken soup

There’s two types of eaters in this world – those who live to eat and those who eat to live. No prizes for guessing which camp I fall into. What type of eater are you? Is your relationship with food based on passion or necessity?

Sometimes I wish I was one of those people who regard food as fuel and regularly forget to eat. It would save me from having to constantly think about food. It would probably save my waistline too. But on the downside, it would mean the death of this blog. A food blog written by a food hater? Forget it.

A surefire sign of a food lover is a healthy preoccupation with comfort food. In other words, eating when you’re not hungry. Comfort eaters are masters of the art of eating for the sake of it. They’ll find any excuse to put food in their mouths. The most frequently cited reasons being boredom, sickness, procrastination, heartache, depression, joy and tiredness.

Ice-cream, biscuits and chocolate are popular forms of sweet comfort food. Hot chips, pizza, burgers, bangers and mash, anything involving carbs are highly sought after in the savoury department. A common misconception with comfort food is that it has to be unhealthy. This is not the case. Take chicken soup, for example. It’s one of the best comfort foods around and happens to be very good for you. Some even go as far as saying it cures sickness.

In the interests of curbing my reliance on unhealthy comfort foods, I decided to soothe my soul with a big pot of homemade chicken soup. I made the whole thing from scratch, including the broth. This isn’t a mid-week meal as you need to leave the soup in the fridge overnight so you can skim the solidified fat off the surface the next day. It’s really worth the effort. I’ve never tasted soup this delicious.

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Classic chicken soup adapted from Taste

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 1 x 1.4kg (size 14) chicken (make sure it’s free-range)
  • 2 large brown onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh continental parsley leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 60mls (1/4 cup) fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 5 celery sticks, cut into lcm pieces
  • 5 medium carrots, cut into lcm pieces
  • 2 medium tomatoes, halved
  • Salt & ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1.5L (6 cups) water


  1. Rinse the inside of the chicken. Remove the tail and neck, and as much skin as possible from the chicken.
  2. Combine the onions, parsley, garlic, lemon juice and soy sauce in a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 5-8 minutes or until the onions are soft. Add the chicken, celery, carrots and tomatoes and season with pepper. Add the water and bring to the boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 1 hour or until the chicken is tender and comes away from the bones easily.
  4. Remove from heat, cool for 10 minutes and place the soup in the fridge to chill overnight. (This allows the fat to rise to the surface and set.)
  5. Next day, remove the soup from the fridge and use a large metal spoon to remove the layer of solidified fat from the surface.
  6. Remove the chicken from the soup and place in a large bowl. Use your fingers to remove the meat from the bones and shred into pieces. Discard the bones. Return the chicken meat to the soup.
  7. Bring the soup to the boil over medium heat and simmer until the chicken and vegetables are heated through. Remove the soup from the heat and skim a piece of paper towel over the surface to absorb any excess fat.
  8. Season with salt and ladle the soup into deep soup bowls. Sprinkle with pepper and serve.

So, tell me, what’s your favourite comfort food?


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  1. Elle (Bromography) / Jul 17 2011 9:03 am

    Lovely soup recipe! I believe that life is richer for food lovers. Food feeds the soul as well as the body.

    • amyjmcintosh / Jul 26 2011 10:15 am

      Thanks for your comment, Elle. I agree that life is definitely richer (and yummier!) for us food lovers. 🙂

  2. earle mcintosh / Jul 22 2011 1:47 pm

    I have had a dreadful day got soaked in this shocking rain and when i got home i had a nice warm shower and went straight to Ayms Cookbook and found your beautiful Chicken soup recipe .I made an extra large serve and invited my dear friends Madge and Vera in for lunch Vera and Madge selected the wines to go with it and before we knew it it Dinner Time the Chicken soup was so delightiful we had a repeat for dinner.Amy have you got a recipe for a nice hot Indian curry i have some lovely reds from the Clair Valley to go with it.Vera want to have a vindalo evening she loves her hot curry and red wine. Best Wishes Earlene and the Girls

    • amyjmcintosh / Jul 26 2011 10:16 am

      Thanks for your comment, Earlene. Glad to hear that you and the girls enjoyed the chicken soup. I’ll test out some Indian curry recipes for your curry night!

  3. Wendy @ Obesebaby / Aug 1 2011 10:11 pm

    I love soup, love your recipe also with a dash of lemon juice. that is exactly my winter comfort food.

    • amyjmcintosh / Aug 1 2011 10:15 pm

      Thanks Wendy! Lemon soup is a great idea! I love lemon roast chicken too. What is it about lemon and chicken that tastes so good?! Yum!

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