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Video:How to Make Homemade Chicken Soup

with Gretchen Siegchrist

Chicken soup is a classic dish that you'll enjoy eating for years to come. Learn how to make a delicious chicken soup from leftover roasted chicken.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Homemade Chicken Soup

Hi, I'm Gretchen Siegchrist for About.com Food, and I am going to share with you my method for making chicken soup.

Virtually every culture around the world enjoys chicken soup, and though the flavors may vary from place to place, every version involves chicken, broth, vegetables and starch.

Chicken Soup Broth

I like to make my broth by using the carcass of a roasted chicken. I find this very convenient because you can buy the chicken the day before, have that for one meal, and then use the leftovers and bones to make soup the next day.

Begin by picking off whatever meat is left on the chicken. You will need a stockpot large enough to hold the entire carcass. Place the bird in the pot and cover it with water.

Now we are going to place this on the stove and bring it to a boil. It will take a little while for this to boil, since we have a lot of water, so while we are waiting, let's chop our vegetables. Even though we will not add them for a long time, it is nice to chop the vegetables now because we can use parts of them in the stock.

Adding Vegetables to Chicken Soup Broth

I am going to have celery and carrots in my soup, so the celery leaves and roots will be great additions to the stock, as will the tops and tips of the carrots. We will also add a whole onion, cut in half, and a few cloves of fresh garlic.

Add these vegetables to the pot now, and their flavor will infuse the stock. We will also add a teaspoon or so of salt. When the stock begins to boil, turn the heat down to low, and let it simmer. The longer you let the broth simmer, the more flavorful it will be. I recommend a minimum of three hours.

After the broth is done simmering remove the chicken bones as well as the vegetables. At this point, we will set the stock aside and begin cooking the rest of the soup.

Sautee Chicken Soup Ingredients

Melt a little bit of butter and sautee whatever vegetables you are going to use. In this case, I have onions, celery and carrots. Once the vegetables are soft, you can add some spices. I am going to put in a little bit of thyme and oregano.

Add Final Ingredients

Stir everything up so the vegetables are coated in the spices. Now we are going to return the broth to the pot and add the chicken. Bring the broth to a boil and add whatever starch you are going to use. This could be noodles, rice or potatoes. I am going to add some pasta.

Once the starch is done cooking the soup is done and it is ready to enjoy.

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