Although winter has been very good to Chicago this year, I know that there will be many many frigid nights to come that may lead to feelings of frozen-ness such as this:
Bring back memories? Never let go Jack, never let go.
(PS: I never understood why he just didn’t get out of the water and lay next to her on the floating debris…I digress)
So, because this is not a post about the Titanic, I will now share my recipe for “cheater’s” chicken soup. I call it a “cheater’s soup” because I use a store-bought rotisserie chicken. This saves tons of time and gives a delicious flavor!
By the time I get home from work I don’t have time to cook a whole chicken, make stock, and then make a soup. This version takes about 30-40 minutes from start to finish.
Cheater’s Chicken Soup:
-1 rotisserie chicken (you can get these at any grocery store for $4-5
-Variety of vegetables: I use celery, carrots, cabbage, potatoes, corn, chayote (a Mexican squash), zucchini, cilantro, and onions
-Bouillon cubes or chicken broth
-For garnish: cilantro and limes (this will make it more of a caldo de pollo or Mexican style chicken soup)
First, put a pot of water on to boil or start boiling your chicken stock
While the water is warming up, chop all your vegetables
Once the water is at a rolling boil add your bouillon cubes or powder. I like to use this Knorr’s Caldo de Pollo. If using store bought chicken stock, skip this step.
Add all your vegetables to the boiling liquid
Then, take the best part of this recipe, the rotisserie chicken, and take off all the meat
After. Yum, chicken!
Add the chicken to your vegetables and broth, place lid on the pot, and let it all simmer until the vegetables are soft. This takes around 15-20 minutes depending on how thickly you chopped your veggies.
And that’s it! You have some yummy chicken soup!
*Sometimes I add rice to the soup for extra heartiness. If adding rice, wait until the water is boiling, and then add your desired uncooked rice. By the time the vegetables are cooked the rice should be done as well.*
I like to add cilantro and lime (big surprise, I LOVE lime!) to mine.
This soup is very easy to make a big pot of so there are lots of leftovers the next day! Pair with some crusty bread and you have a homey heart-warming meal.