Simple Chicken And Vegetable Soup
Living in Thailand now, not having my own kitchen setup yet, I only get to cook once in a while at my friends place. This soup isn't just very easy to prepare, it's also the type of food I like to eat when I have a bit of an upset stomach. This certainly tends to happen here in Thailand if I had a few chilies too many the day before. You can also prepare quite a big pot of this tasty soup, then keep it for the next few days or even freeze it.
For a big pot:
1,5 l (50 oz) chicken stock
1/4 l (1 cup) white wine for cooking
2 bay leaves
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (for the veggies)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (for the chicken)
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 large carrots, cut into large pieces
2 spring onions, chopped
1 celery root, cut into large pieces
any other veggies you'd like
chicken thighs, breast or legs, cut into large pieces
salt and pepper to taste
Add bay leaves and clove to the stock and bring it to a boil. Reduce the temperature so the stock simmers gently.
In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté for at least 5 minutes. Add garlic, spring onions and all the other veggies that take longer to cook. Don't put broccoli and similar types of veggies in yet as they only take a very short time to cook. Pour in the wine.
Stir well and sauté for another 5 minutes over medium heat to let the wine absorb a bit.
Add the chicken stock including the bay leaves and clove and adjust the temperature to let the soup simmer.
In the meantime, heat the 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken pieces and season well with salt and pepper. Sauté all the pieces well all around, then put them into the soup.
Keep everything simmering and taste the soup after another 15-20 minutes. Adjust the taste if necessary by adding more wine, salt and pepper. About 5 minutes before serving, add broccoli and other fast cooking veggies.
If you're interested in other easy to prepare dishes, check out:
Spaghetti with Oven Roasted Tomatoes
Pasta with Sage