Chicken Soup 3 Ways

For those of us who are planners, this classic and comforting chicken soup can be made and frozen into three separate batches. And for those that need a little extra nourishment, choose from our three combos - all add an extra punch of protein, iron and zinc, which are essential for recovery.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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Ingredients

Soup:

8 cups low-sodium chicken broth or stock

One 3-pound chicken, quartered into 2 leg pieces and 2 on-the-bone breast pieces (save the backbone to make chicken stock) 

One 3-pound chicken, quartered into 2 leg pieces and 2 on-the-bone breast pieces (save the backbone to make chicken stock)

Kosher salt

2 to 3 small carrots, thinly sliced

3 stalks celery with leaves, thinly sliced and leaves roughly chopped

3 stalks celery with leaves, thinly sliced and leaves roughly chopped 

Flavor Variations:

Combo 1: 4 cups baby spinach, one 15-ounce can drained chickpeas and 1 to 2 tablespoons harissa (depending on the brand)

Combo 2: 1 cup cubed tofu, 1 cup cooked broccoli and 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce

Combo 2: 1 cup cubed tofu, 1 cup cooked broccoli and 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce 

Combo 3: 1 cup cooked quinoa, 2 ounces sliced ham cut into ribbons and 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

Directions

  1. Make the soup: Add the broth and 4 cups water to a large soup pot and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the chicken with salt. Submerge the chicken pieces in the broth. When the broth starts to boil, reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook until the breast and tender start to separate, about 15 minutes, then remove with tongs or a large strainer. Continue simmering the leg pieces until the meat pulls away from the bone, about 10 more minutes. Remove the legs from the pot and set aside. When the meat is cool enough to handle, remove the skin and shred the meat by hand.
  2. Add the carrots and celery stalks (reserve the leaves) to the soup and simmer until tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in the shredded chicken until just heated through, about 3 minutes, then remove from the heat. Season with salt, stir in the celery leaves and cool to room temperature.
  3. Divide the soup into three 4-cup servings and freeze in containers for up to 1 month.
  4. To reheat: Thaw a container of soup and bring to a low boil in a medium saucepan. Add the desired combo mix-ins and cook for a just a few minutes to heat through. Serve.

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