Herb Chicken Soup – Quick and healthy soup

Freezing cold weather=hot soup…

Last weekend, I had spend a few hours digging deep into my closet for sweaters and winter jackets which I had buried last year. As summer arrives I bury it deep and as winter comes I dig deep searching for it, sigh. Well, I am still a snow freak, so I love winter. However, it takes a few weeks to cope up with the summer to winter transition. I just adore the first snow showers of every winter, it’s just magical and enchanting. I am eagerly waiting for the first snow shower of this winter.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with family and friends. Yesterday was a very rewarding day for me, I successfully defended my research work that I had been working on for the past 1 year. Well, this doesn’t mean that I am going to have a relaxing time, more research work is awaiting me and tons of other course work.

Couple of days ago, it was freezing cold, after I reached home from work I was desperate to sip a bowl of hot soup to keep myself warm. I felt little sick too so made chicken soup in its healthiest way possible. I didn’t use chicken soup to make this soup, instead cooked the chicken in water. While cooking the chicken added herbs to it which made this soup aromatic and flavorful. It was aromatic, healthy and soothing.

Herb Chicken Soup

Ingredients

  • Chicken breasts, boneless cut small- 2 breasts
  • Olive oil- 1 tbsp
  • Onion, diced small-1
  • Carrot, halved and diced-2
  • Celery, diced small-2 stalks
  • Lemon grass, cut small-1 stalk
  • Rosemary, fresh or dried- 1 stalk
  • Oregano, dried-1 tsp
  • Ground Pepper- 1/2 tsp
  • Basil, dried- 1 tsp
  • Water- 3-  3 1/2 cups
  • Salt- to taste
  • Soy Sauce- 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Scallions, chopped small- 2 stalks
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 handful
  • Pasta or noodles- 1 cup

Instruction

  1. Dice the chicken breasts into small size.
  2. Place a large soup pot or pan over medium heat.
  3. Add olive oil, add onion, carrot, celery to the oil, saute till veggies starts to turn tender.
  4. Add lemon grass, rosemary, oregano, basil to it, combine well.
  5. Add chicken and season with ground pepper, combine well.
  6. Add water and cook covered till chicken has cooked well.
  7. Add soy sauce to it, combine.
  8. Now, add pasta or noodles to it, let it cook well.
  9. If the constituency of the soup is too thick, add some water to it.
  10. Taste and add more salt if needed.
  11. Let the soup come to a boil, add scallions and cilantro to the soup.
  12. Remove from the heat and let stand covered for 2 minutes.
  13. Serve in a bowl.
Tips:
  • You could cook the chicken with chicken stock instead of water.
  • If using chicken stock don’t add too much salt to the soup as stock and soy sauce already have salt in it.
  • You could add bone-in chicken, after the chicken has cooked well remove the bones from it and add the shredded chicken to the soup.
  • You could skip adding pasta or noodles, however it helps in thickening the soup.

 

Herb Chicken Soup - Quick and healthy soup
 
Ingredients
  • Chicken breasts, boneless cut small- 2 breasts
  • Olive oil- 1 tbsp
  • Onion, diced small-1
  • Carrot, halved and diced-2
  • Celery, diced small-2 stalks
  • Lemon grass, cut small-1 stalk
  • Rosemary, fresh or dried- 1 stalk
  • Oregano, dried-1 tsp
  • Ground Pepper- ½ tsp
  • Basil, dried- 1 tsp
  • Water- 3- 3½ cups
  • Salt- to taste
  • Soy Sauce- 1½ tbsp
  • Scallions, chopped small- 2 stalks
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 handful
  • Pasta or noodles- 1 cup
Instructions
  1. Dice the chicken breasts into small size.
  2. Place a large soup pot or pan over medium heat.
  3. Add olive oil, add onion, carrot, celery to the oil, saute till veggies starts to turn tender.
  4. Add lemon grass, rosemary, oregano, basil to it, combine well.
  5. Add chicken and season with ground pepper, combine well.
  6. Add water and cook covered till chicken has cooked well.
  7. Add soy sauce to it, combine.
  8. Now, add pasta or noodles to it, let it cook well.
  9. If the constituency of the soup is too thick, add some water to it.
  10. Taste and add more salt if needed.
  11. Let the soup come to a boil, add scallions and cilantro to the soup.
  12. Remove from the heat and let stand covered for 2 minutes.
  13. Serve in a bowl.
Notes
You could cook the chicken with chicken stock instead of water.
If using chicken stock don't add too much salt to the soup as stock and soy sauce already have salt in it.
You could add bone-in chicken, after the chicken has cooked well remove the bones from it and add the shredded chicken to the soup.
You could skip adding pasta or noodles, however it helps in thickening the soup.

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