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Tis the season for sickness. We have had several bouts of sick days at our home the last couple weeks that have called for the healing power of soup. I bought a whole chicken on Sunday and have been pleasantly surprised by its yield. We have gotten 2 meals out of that 1 chicken that lasted 5 days (loving the leftovers!) Here's how you can do it too.
Make chicken noodle soup! Here's a shortened version of how to-
Submerge chicken in a pot of water plus an inch or two over. Put in celery scraps, carrot peelings, onion peels (anything you don't eat is considered a scrap - 50% onion, 25% celery and 25% carrots – if you have bay leaves on hand put 3 in too.) Bring chicken to a boil then to a rolling simmer. A 2lb-3 lb chicken will take about 20-25 minutes to cook. To be sure chicken is done stick a thermometer in the thick part of its thigh. It should be 140 degrees. Keep and strain all the broth, getting rid of the scraps. Then put the strained broth back in the pot with 1-2 chicken bullion cubes to thicken the broth. Add cut carrots, celery, onions and minced garlic. Cook until al dente then add uncooked noodles. Take the chicken meat and pull apart how much meat you want in your soup. Add after noodles are cooked. Be careful not to over cook the noodles. You want noodles, not earthworms. Viola, one healing recipe done! Our soup lasted for 4 meals and we gave some away to other fellow snifflers.
We still had a lot of chicken meat leftover so after day 3 I pulled the rest of the chicken off the bones (except the legs and wings – hubby took those for lunch.) I cooked 2 bags of Success Boil-in-a-Bag brown rice. Evenly poured the cooked rice on the bottom of an ungreased 9 x 11 glass casserole dish. Then evenly layered the pulled chicken down. In a separate bowl I mixed 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 can cream of mushroom soup and 2 cups of whole milk plain Greek yogurt (or you can use sour cream), 1 T. of garlic powder, 1 t. salt and 1 t. pepper. Then poured that evenly on top of the chicken. Covered and baked at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until slightly boiling. Optional – if you want to add some crunch to it add crumbled Ritz crackers mixed with butter and top after casserole has cooked. Put in an additional 5-10 minutes until crispy.
One chicken, two meals, five days – does it get any better?
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