November 3, 2021
For centuries and all around the world, chicken soup in one form or another has been a staple dish and could definitely be considered as one of the original comfort foods. I have a favorite chicken soup recipe, and I want to share it with you. First, I am going to give you some tips on how to make your chicken soup more flavorful, if its better to use chicken broth or chicken stock, and how to make my favorite chicken soup step by step!
Chicken soup is tremendously versatile, and can be seasoned in so many different ways that you can create thousands of unique chicken soup recipes. Starting at the base, you can definitely make your chicken soup flavorful by using chicken thigh instead of chicken breast. You can also prepare the chicken beforehand with seasoning, which will give your soup more depth of flavor!
If you just want a little zing of flavor, squeezing lemon into your soup may be a welcome surprise. If you are sick, I have found that lemon paired with a tiny bit of hot sauce or chili powder works wonders! It’s also common to add garlic to your chicken soup, which always has a wonderful aroma and flavor. Other traditional seasonings may include rosemary, turmeric, onion powder, sage, salt, and pepper.
Another great way to add flavor to your chicken soup is the other ingredients, like veggies. In my recipe, I include carrots, celery, onions, and mushrooms in my soup because those are the veggies that we love. You could also add spinach, tomatoes, squash, potatoes, you name it! Creating a unique chicken soup recipe is all about choosing the flavors that you love. Besides the vegetables, you could also add cheese, bacon, or any other toppings that would complement your chicken soup recipe.
You can use either chicken broth or chicken stock for your chicken soup recipe, however, it is important to know the difference between the two in order to decide which one will be best for your recipe. They are both the result of simmering parts of the chicken with vegetables in water and separating the liquid from the solid pieces. However, chicken stock is made using the bones of the chicken, and the broth is not. For this reason, the broth gets most of its flavor from the seasoning that you add to it.
Both chicken broth and chicken stock can be used as a base for stew, gravy, or sauce! If you are looking for a thicker or more rich chicken soup recipe, you should definitely go with the chicken stock. Because the chicken stock is made using chicken bones, it is darker in color, thicker, and will create a more creamy soup texture. The same is true for any sauce or gravy that you make using chicken stock. Chicken stock is thicker because the bones deposit gelatin and collagen into the water when boiled, and those things contribute to the overall flavor as well.
Chicken broth would essentially be chicken flavored water if not seasoned, so when making chicken broth be sure to season it well so that it will be a flavorful base for any recipe. Chicken broth can be used as a base for soups that include ingredients that are rich in flavor and don’t need a lot more added. You can also use chicken broth when blanching or boiling as a substitute for water if you want to add additional flavor to whatever you are making. Both chicken broth and chicken stock are super easy to make and can be frozen and stored for future use!
Whether it’s chicken noodles, chicken with vegetables, or chicken and rice, chicken soup is sure to make you feel good and full! I have a chicken soup recipe that I absolutely love, and every Fall I don’t hesitate to whip this recipe up. I pick the veggies straight from my garden, along with fresh herbs.
I love my Instant Pot and I’ll link to it here and in the recipe. I use the Instant Pot Duo Crisp 11 in 1 Electric Pressure Cooker with an air fryer lid. It holds 8 quarts, is made of stainless steel, and can air fry, roast, bake, dehydrate, slow cook, steam, and is also a rice cooker. With all those features who needs anything else!
Do you have a special ingredient that you add to your chicken soup recipe? Let us know in the comments, friends!
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