Best-Ever Hearty Chicken Soup

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Total Time
2hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs

This is my own creation and I make it every week, much to the delight of my DH. It has the richest, yummiest flavor and is really hearty. Your family will love it! We always eat this Friday night, so I make it Thursday evening, chill it, and then skim the hardened fat off the soup before serving it. The remaining broth is so light and low-fat, it's amazing! Please...PLEASE review the recipe if you try it.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 chicken carcasses (bones from entire chicken)
  • 1 -2 onion, cut into 1/8ths
  • 2 leeks, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 2 cups baby carrots (or shredded)
  • 6 garlic cloves, sliced into around 4 pieces
  • 2 cups white wine (cooking wine is fine)
  • 3 tablespoons chicken soup powder
  • 1 tablespoon pepper (black or white)
  • 3 -5 inches fresh ginger, peeled and cubed (thumb size pieces)
  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley, stems removed
  • 12 bunch chopped fresh dill
  • 4 -6 scallions, chopped into 'largish' pieces (long green onions)

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients into a very large soup pot.
  2. Fill pot with water, almost to the top and bring to a boil.
  3. Skim off any scum once the soup boils.(Optional).
  4. Allow to boil for 1 hour, before tasting and adjusting seasoning, if necessary.
  5. Boil for an additional 30-45 minutes, before removing bones and setting them aside. You can strip the bones of the chicken at this time, or wait until later.
  6. Continue boiling the soup on a low simmer for anywhere between 45 minute- 3hours. A longer, slower boil will yield a very nice, rich flavor.
  7. Once the bones have cooled off, peel and pick all the chicken pieces off the bones and put the chicken into the pot of soup. Discard the bones.
  8. I sometimes make this soup and then transfer it into the crockpot to simmer on 'low' for up to 24 hours (we observe the Sabbath, so this ensures we get a hot soup for lunch). The slowly simmered broth is so rich and delicious.