As promised, here is the recipe for a roasted chicken soup that is awesome on its own and will be a great addition to the bread bowl recipe that I shared yesterday. This soup will take about 2 hours to make; there is some down time. I promise!
What you will need:
- 1 lb. chicken (use your favorite parts)
- 2 med. red potatoes, diced
- 1 lg. onion, diced
- 2 med. carrots, diced
- 1 stalk celery, diced
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 tbls. flour
- 4 tbls. butter
- Season salt
- Broiling pan (preferable) or sheet pan
Preheat oven to 350° (should take about 5 – 10 min, depending on how old your oven is). In a bowl season chicken with seasoned salt and pepper and place on broiler pan. If there is skin on any of the parts, place it with the skin side up. This will allow the fat that is under the chicken to flow freely to the drip pan. Stick it in the oven for 1 hour.
While the chicken is cooking, dice veggies (they should all be about the same size) and put them to the side and cover the container. If using frozen veggies, skip this part of the process. They will be added at the end to help preserve freshness.
Once the chicken is done, let cool for about 5 – 10 min (just so you can handle the chicken), remove any skin and dice the chicken to the same size as the veggies. In a large pot add the butter, veggies, bay leaves and seasonings to cook until the carrots and potatoes are soft, about 5 min. Add chicken and flour and cook for an additional 3 min while stirring. Turn the stove to high and add desired amount of water and cover. If you have a water cooker/kettle, this makes it a lot easier. Once it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for about 20 min. while stirring occasionally. If you are using frozen veggies, about half way through (10 min) add the veggies and turn the heat to medium. Cook for an additional 10 min. Remove bay leaves and serve!
This is an easy soup that you can create a myriad of variations. Since most of the food that I make is low-sodium, please season your food accordingly. Let me know how this turned out for you!