This is my absolute favorite recipe to make when it's cold outside, when anyone in my family is sick, when we have guests over, to have in the freezer, literally anything! This recipe is super easy to follow, although there are quite a few steps to follow. Using Lieber's Sack'n-Boil soup bags make the recipe so much easier, since it means you won't have to strain the soup. I usually make the soup the night before I'm planning on serving it, because it's important for the flavors of the chicken soup to refrigerate overnight prior to serving.
3 chicken legs and thighs (leave the fat!)
1 tbsp whole peppercorns
4 bay leaves
1.5 inch piece of ginger
5 cloves of garlics
2 onions, whole and peeled
6 carrots, peeled
4 celery stalks (keep leaves)
1 zucchini, whole and peeled
1 sweet potato, whole and peeled
Fresh Dill, Parsley
PLACE the chicken, peppercorns, bay leaves, ginger and garlic in a Lieber's Sack'n-Boil soup bag
ADD the onions, carrots, celery stalks to the pot
POUR water into the pot, enough to cover the vegetables
BRING the water to a boil, turn down to a simmer
COOK for 3 hours
ADD the zucchini and sweet potato, and in another Sack'n-Boil bag, put in fresh dill, parsley and celery leaves
SIMMER for another 1-2 hours
REMOVE the bag of herbs from the pot, throw away
TAKE out the vegetables carefully and place them on a deep plate
REMOVE the bag of chicken and spices. Separate the contents and keep the chicken, place in a separate bowl
REFRIGERATE the broth of the soup that is still left in the pot in the refrigerator, in addition to the vegetables and chicken
SKIM the fat off the top of the chicken soup - this step is necessary! I usually do it with a spoon.
SERVE to all your friends and family!
Recipe Note: I usually let my guests customize their soup, and allow them to put in whichever vegetables and however much chicken they want! If you wanted to freeze the soup, be sure to keep it separate from the chicken and vegetables so you can ensure it can be as versatile and fresh as possible! You could also add in some fresh parsley and/or dill to the soup while you're serving, and it adds such a delicious kick!