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There have been jokes made about it, traditions built on it, books written about it – and so there must be something very special about the simplest but most nutritious of soups.

Two elderly neighbours swear by it and have managed to avert flu epidemics over many Winters and stay healthy by consuming just one bowl of chicken soup each day.

Chicken Soup

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Category: entree, starter

Yield: 6

Serving Size: 6

Calories per serving: 288

Fat per serving: 14

Saturated fat per serving: 6.5

Carbs per serving: 11.5

Protein per serving: 28

Fiber per serving: 3.4

Sugar per serving: 7

Sodium per serving: 0.7

Chicken Soup

THE ORIGINAL SOUL FOOD

Ingredients

  • 55g butter
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 25g plain flour
  • 1.2 litres chicken stock
  • 450g cooked shredded chicken
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat and fry the onions, celery and carrots until they start to soften.
  2. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes. Add the chicken stock and bring the mixture to the boil, stirring as you do so. Season with salt and pepper, then reduce the heat until the mixture is simmering and simmer for 10 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
  3. Add the cooked chicken and cook until heated through. Adjust the seasoning, stir in the parsley and serve.
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