Chicken Soup

Having Some Left Over Chicken?

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This week is ‘Salt Awareness Week,’ please take a little time off your busy schedule and monitor the amount of salt you are ingesting on a daily basis. I did that, last week, and I was shocked at the amount of salt I have been unknowingly consuming. I am now making a list of salt-loaded products that I must stop buying. I will share with you my list, in due course. Please share with me your thoughts on this.

Meanwhile, the weather in Southern Ontario was great, this weekend, with temperatures up to 8°C (46°F). It was awesome. I kept on smiling the whole weekend. I know I have been taught that the best way to have a good life is to ‘take the weather with you,’ but sometimes I just forget to take the weather with me and I get a little depressed during extremely cold days. Does winter weather depress you too, sometimes?

The weather forecast had predicted a rainy weekend, so I packed my dirty car outside hoping the rain would give it a good wash. Unfortunately, it didn’t rain much, so maybe it’s time to take a trip to the car wash.  Do you have some things you hate doing like taking the car to the car wash or ironing clothes? Please share with me.

I hope your weekend was great, too. If it was ruined by some unforgiving weather, then I am really sorry for you. Last week I had a terrible migraine that lasted five hours. When it finally subsided, I was ready to face anything. I’d much rather have cold weather, than a five-hour migraine. Sometimes being a little sick is a good thing, it jolts you back to reality. It makes one more resilient to the nitty-gritty stuff in life.

I hope your weekend was great, too. If it was ruined by some unforgiving weather, then I am really sorry for you. Last week I had a terrible migraine that lasted five hours. When it finally subsided, I was ready to face anything. I’d much rather have cold weather, than a five-hour migraine. Sometimes being a little sick is a good thing, it jolts you back to reality. It makes one more resilient to the nitty-gritty stuff in life.

Okay, so much for the chatting. Today I want to share with you a recipe for chicken soup. Last week I had two left-over chicken breasts (uncooked)  and I spent some time brooding over what to do with it. Finally, I made this chicken soup and I liked it. I hope you will like it too!

Finally, if you are reading this line, then it means you have read the whole post. Thank you so much for reading my post and please, come back again!!!

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Assemble all ingredients

Always remember to assemble all ingredients before you begin. The cooking goes much faster, this way.

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Melt butter and margarine. Add onion, red pepper, celery, garlic and chicken. Sauté for 5-7 minutes.
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Add mustard, paprika, ground pepper, and bouillon granules.
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Fry 2-3 minutes
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Stir in chicken broth, bay leaf and bring to boil.
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Reduce heat, simmer 15 minutes or until tender
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Whisk milk and flour, gradually add to the soup  stirring constantly. Cook until thickened. Serve immediately.

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Chicken Soup

Preparation time: 20 minutes; Total cooking time: 30 minutes; Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 45g (3 tablespoons) butter or margarine
  • I onion, finely chopped (110g)
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped (90g)
  • 2 celery sticks finely chopped (60g, ½ cup)
  • I clove garlic, crushed
  • 300g (10oz) skinned, boned and diced chicken breast
  • Pinch dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons low-salt chicken bouillon granules
  • 1100ml (4¾ cups) chicken broth, preferably unsalted if buying
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 30g (3 tablespoons, scooped, leveled) flour
  • 60ml (¼ cup) milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • Finely chopped chives

Instructions

  1. Melt butter or margarine in a pan. Add onion, pepper, celery, garlic and chicken, Sauté for 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add mustard, paprika, cayenne pepper, chicken granules and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Stir in chicken broth, add bay leaf, bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked.
  4. Whisk milk and flour. Gradually add into soup mixture, stirring constantly. Cook until thickened. Season with salt and pepper and top with chives before serving
  5. Last Updated: 6 December 2014

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Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

11 thoughts

    1. Thank you so much for sharing on your Facebook page. How kind of you! I totally appreciate your effort! I had some chicken soup yesterday. It’s getting quite chilli. Have a fun filled weekend!
      liz

  1. An ideal dish for a cold, Southern Ontario night. Of course, what better use of leftover chicken? I love to make or buy a whole chicken each week. As for salt – yes, you are so right. My kids and I eat what I cook, but my husband eats many meals at the hospital during his long shifts and call. They are salt loaded. We should all monitor what’s in our food – especially the sodium. THank you for sharing, Liz. Lovely photos and recipe, as always.

    1. Hi Shanna,
      I am sorry it takes me time to respond to your lovely comments but I’ve so many other things to do in a day so I blog a little and finish other tasks and cook for the blog and take photos.
      I am glad these days I do most of my cooking so this gives me an opportunity to control what I eat, and the amount of salt I ingest. Cool…isn’t it? Have a wonderful week!
      Liz

  2. Thank you for stopping too!! I would love it if you did the same. Having to cook everyday presents a challenge and my taste buds and I get easily bored so let’s share ideas. 🙂

    1. I love your attitude, you must be one hell of a happy person, if you do try it please give me a feedback!!! Thank you for browsing my blog, I can see you even liked my debut post. Thank you very much for stopping by!!!!

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