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Mom's Chicken Soup

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Need a little comfort that only "Mom" can provide? Well, you're sure to feel and taste lots of TLC in each spoonful of our Test Kitchen's classic soothing Mom's Chicken Soup.

Serves: 8
Cooking Time: 1 hr 45 min

What You'll Need:

  • 1 (3- to 4-pound) chicken, cut into quarters
  • 4 quarts water
  • 3 carrots, cut into chunks
  • 3 celery stalks, cut into chunks
  • 2 onions, cut into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Chicken base or bouillon cubes to taste, optional (see Notes)
  • What To Do:

  • Rinse chicken under cold running water. Place all ingredients except chicken base (or bouillon cubes) in a soup pot over medium-high heat; bring to a boil.
     
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer until chicken meat falls off the bones, about 1-1/2 hours. Cool slightly, then separate chicken from bones, discarding bones. Return chicken pieces to soup. Add chicken base or bouillon cubes and stir until completely dissolved. 
  • Notes: If you decide to intensify the flavor of your soup with chicken base, begin with 1 or tablespoons. If you are using chicken bouillon cubes, you can use 2 to 3. 

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