Easy Peasy Chicken Soup
Seriously, this is the best and the easiest chicken soup ever. Because it’s so packed full of nutrients, it’s great to have on hand for when you’re sick, so make extra and put some in the freezer. I have listed the vegetables I like to add, but you can basically take the main ingredients: chicken and soup stock and add whatever vegetables you have on hand. I like to stagger adding the veggies in so they come out just cooked or a bit al dente - retaining all their nutrients and bright in colour. If you'd like a lower carb recipe, just leave out the potato, the couscous and toast.
- 400 grams roast chicken
- 1 onion, diced
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced or diced
- ½ cup leek (optional), sliced into rounds
- One large celery stalk, diced
- One potato cut into small pieces
- 2-3 carrots grated or cut into rounds
- 1/3 cup Israeli couscous
- 1/2 head broccoli, cut into small florets
- 2 handfuls of spinach
- ½ capsicum, cut into pieces
- Sprinkle chilli flakes (optional)
- 1 tsp curry powder (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1-2 tbsp Olive oil
- Step 1 Chop the roast chicken into bite-sized pieces and put aside. If you’ve used a whole roast chicken, save the other chicken meat to make wraps, sandwiches or salads.
- Step 2 Cook the onion in the olive oil until a little translucent. Add the garlic half-way through and stir.
- Step 3 Add the leek, celery, carrot and potato and cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Add the chicken.
- Step 4 Optional – sprinkle with chilli flakes and curry powder and stir in for one minute.
- Step 5 Boil some water and dissolve 2-3 soup cubes in 3-4 cups of water. Add to pot and stir.
- Step 6 Add 1/3 cup Israeli couscous or other pasta shapes. Cook for 2-3 minutes
- Step 7 Add broccoli florets and cook for 2 minutes
- Step 8 Add spinach and capsicum and cook for a further 2-3 minutes until pasta and all ingredients are cooked. Add water if soup needs more liquid.
- Step 9 Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
- Step 10 Serve with grainy toast cut into lengths for dipping. Portion some aside and freeze for a rainy day. Enjoy!