I love chicken soup. I would watch my mom brown a whole chicken in the pot then add water and cook until the whole house smelled like… home. Chicken soup just has the healing smell. I know logically it’s because it gets made whenever someone gets sick. That doesn’t change how good it smells!
So while I do love to brown the chicken in butter I rarely do. I usually don’t make soup with my chicken right off the bat. I save the soup for the end of the chicken. But I’m not feeding a family with mine either! So one chicken will last us much longer.
The one thing you need for the easy version is a crockpot. If you don’t have one, then brown the chicken in a large pot, by adding butter and turning the chicken so each side gets browned. After the whole chicken has been browned you can follow along.
Here’s how I make chicken soup, from a whole chicken, for two.
1 chicken -Organic, pastured
2 large carrots -cut in nice big chunks
1 small onion -I cut in quarters
3 cloves of garlic -just smash em
2 stalks celery -cut into bite sized pieces
a little bag of fingerling potatoes -just rinsed!
1. Slice the lemon in half set by the pot
2. Rinse the chicken removing any giblets first. Sprinkle salt in the cavity of the chicken. Place the chicken in the crock pot.
3 .Squeeze the lemon juice on the chicken and stuff the lemons in the chicken cavity.
4. Sprinkle a little butter or oil on the chicken, then salt and pepper.
cover and set the crockpot.
I like to set mine to 4 hrs (high) and let it brown, however sometimes I’m going to be out all day so I put it on 8 hrs (low) it doesn’t get as brown but it is the most tender chicken ever made on earth.
5. An hour before the chicken is done I put the potatoes and big hunks of carrots in. You’ll notice that your crockpot has a few inches of water in it. I toss the potatoes and carrots in and add a little more water to cover the veggies. It’s not a big deal if they aren’t submerged so don’t stress! This is just so you have enough broth for you soup.
6. 30 minutes later I toss in the rest of the veggies.
7. When the chicken is done I typically pull the veggies out and place in a bowl, then pull of the chicken we will be eating with the soup. The chicken will completely fall apart. There is no lifting it whole out of the pot it’s that tender! So I grab the legs off and a breast for the two of us. Place in bowl. Then I use my baster to pull out the broth and squeeze right into the bowls.
8. Add salt and pepper
-The bonus points:
After you’ve eaten and your just super awesome happy pull the rest of that chicken out of the pot. It should be cool now. Take the meat off the bones and make yourself treats, chicken salad is my go to. Place the bones right back in the pot. Pour a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar in, then fill with water. Cover and let soak overnight. The next morning turn your crockpot on the lowest setting -mines 10hrs. Cook constantly for a few days. After the 1st day you should be able to cut the bones with a pair of regular scissors. Keep cooking. You’re making bone broth!