Saturday, October 17, 2015

Under $2.00 Pot Of Chicken Soup

Hi Folks,

Our Walmart often makes too many rotisserie chickens so they sell them the next day at half price, so I purchased one for $2.49, I only used half the chicken for the soup,  so @ $1.25 for for the chicken and with about .70 cents extra ingredients I made a pot of soup.

The ingredients are:

1 rotisserie chicken deboned
1 large or 2 medium potatoes
3 carrots
4 stalks of celery
1 onion
1 clove garlic smashed and peeled
1 bay leaf

Debone the chicken, separate white meat from the dark if you intend to use only 1/2 of the meat for the soup, dark works well in this soup,  cover and reserve meat in the refrigerator.

For the stock for the soup, place bones in a large pot, add 1 carrot, 1 stalk of celery, 1/2 of the onion, the garlic clove and the bay leaf to the pot (you do not need to dice these vegetables, just cut into chunks to fit in the pot), add 8 cups of water, note water level.

Place pot on stove and bring to boil, reduce heat to a medium simmer and cook for at least 1 hour ( I usually go for 11/2 to 2 hours but 1 will do), about half way through cooking time check the water level, add enough hot water, to bring up to previous level.

After stock has cooked, being very careful, strain stock through a colander into another container, or another pot large enough to hold liquid, discard bones and vegetables, they have done their duty.

Return strained stock to stove, heat to a medium simmer, and add :

1/2 onion diced
2 carrots diced
3 stalks celery diced
Cook for 10-15 minutes

Add diced potatoes ( I like the other vegetables to be about a 1/4 inch dice, and the potatoes to be about 1/2 inch dice, but however you like is fine). Cook for another 10-15 minutes, until potatoes are soft, add reserved chicken, and cook for another 5 minutes.

Soup is done serve with crackers, a nice loaf of crusty bread, cornbread, or by itself for a delicious, hearty meal.

You can watch me make this and other recipes on my youtube channel, just click the link above.

Thanks for reading.