Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Hearty Country Chicken and Vegetable soup

We loved it! This is the recipe that I created for dinner tonight, but I would add more carrots and more parsnips. If you haven't tried parsnips or fennel you are really missing out. This is a perfect soup to try them both out for the first time.
* I made my own stock for this recipe, it's very easy, as always I try to use as much of an ingredient as possible, so with chicken we'll eat half the night I make it and half usually for sandwiches and the bones for stock.
Stock: Add bones to 3 cups of water , 1 T kosher Salt and simmer, the longer it simmers the more flavor. When it reduces by half but hasn't cooked longer than an hour add another two cups of water. You will want the stock to reduce by at least half before adding to soup.

1 med onion sliced 1/8" slices across the round.
1 leek 1/4" slices
1 fennel bulb (reserve the green tops for the end of the recipe) thinly sliced.
3 med cloves garlic rough chopped
1/2" ginger pealed & slivered into 1/4 slices (remove them before serving)
2 carrots sliced 1\2"
1 L parsnip pealed and sliced 1\2"
2T butter
6 med chicken breasts (mine were kinda skimpy when they were done cooking so I would add a few more to this recipe)
2 c. stock
2 c. water or to cover
3T red wine vinegar
1/2 C shopped fennel tops
salt and pepper

Saute your onions, fennel, and leek with a few tablespoons of olive oil and a pinch (1/4ts) kosher salt. when your onions start to "dry" add the 2T of butter and saute till they are opaque.
Make a some room in the pan for the garlic and toss that in, let it brown a little before stirring it into the rest of the vegetables.
Add the rest of the veggies and chicken into the pan and let simmer for about 5 mins, then add chicken stock and water to cover.
Simmer everything until chicken is just done, take chicken out of pan and simmer until the potatoes are soft. Remove ginger slices.
Just before serving toss the fennel tops into the soup and slice chicken into bite sized pieces. (you can add it to the soup but I like to fill the bowls with the soup and then put the chicken on top).

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