Monday, 23 January 2012

Chicken Soup for the Sick

Ladypants is not feeling well so I made her some soup.

2 full chicken legs, separated, leg nubs discarded, thighs halved, fat chunk separated
1 large onion, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1 inch nub of ginger, minced
5 cloves garlic
10 sprigs thyme, bouquet
~1 tsp tumeric
1 jalapeno, split down the middle
2 bay leaves
1 beer
8 cups water
1 cup brown rice
half red pepper
half head of cauliflour
small handful of cilantro, chopped, stems minced
salt and pepper

Preheat soup pot, add fat chunks to melt. Once a layer of fat covers bottom of pan, brown chicken parts. Add onions, carrots, ginger and garlic. When onions have softened, add tumeric, bouquet of thyme, jalapeno, bay leaves beer and water.

Bring to simmer and add rice. Simmer for 35 minutes, add red pepper and cauliflour. Simmer for 10 more minutes while discarding chicken skin/fat/jalapeno and removing meat from the bones. Adjust seasoning, add cilantro, serve hot, eat and enjoy.

Chopping through the nubs of the drumstick allows marrow flavour to escape into the soup, creating a more flavourful broth. I made this kind of soup because ginger, garlic, chicken and tumeric are all health promoting ingredients that work very well together.

2 comments:

Eleanor Gang said...

Thanks for looking after Ladypants!

Ilana MacDonald said...

Yeah, thanks for looking after me! It was delicious soup.