My signature chicken soup
Comfort food at its best– a simple healthy flavoursome cream of chicken soup with an addition of cumin seed that makes all the difference. The perfect hangover cure for the festive season!
⦁ 1 chicken around 1.5kg (2 drumsticks, 2 thighs, 2 chicken wings)
⦁ 1 small leek (just the white part of it)
⦁ 1 onion
⦁ 1 carrot
⦁ 1 celery stalk
⦁ 2 garlic cloves
⦁ 2 parsley stalks with leaves on
⦁ 1 bay leaf
⦁ A twig of thyme
⦁ 1 tablespoon rock salt
⦁ Half a teaspoon white or black pepper
⦁ A teaspoon or more cumin seeds
⦁ 200 ml liquid cream (heavy cream)
⦁ Around 6 cups water
⦁ 1 cup pan fried croutons (optional)
⦁ 1 tablespoon chopped parsley to decorate
Cooking time – 1 hour
If using a whole chicken cut it into pieces and keep the breast for another meal. You really want to use a good quality cream. If you want you can just pass the soup through a sieve rather than mix it with a stick blender.
⦁ Joint the chicken but save the breasts for garnishing the soup or for using in another recipe. Thinly slice the onion and slice the leeks, celery, carrots and shallots.
⦁ On medium or high heat melt the butter and when hot add all the vegetables and herbs (except parsley) and sweat them for 3-4 minutes (after reducing the heat to medium).
⦁ Add the chicken (apart from the carcass) and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the salt and pepper and cumin seeds and mix in.
⦁ Add the water – enough to just cover the chicken and vegetables. Add the carcass and the parsley (including the stalks).
⦁ Bring the contents to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer for an hour, preferably with the lid off. The meat should by then be falling off the bone.
⦁ Remove the carcass, any scum, and the bay leaf, thyme and parsley and discard them.
⦁ Remove the drumsticks and other meaty bits of chicken and reserve them. Use a stick blender to blitz the vegetables. Remove any foam.
⦁ Add the cream and mix in, and gently bring back to a simmer.
⦁ Shred the chicken meat (if wished, discarding all but the white pieces).
⦁ Add a few more cumin seeds and if preferred add the shredded chicken.
⦁ Alternatively, place sliced carrot in a bowl, pour the soup, then add the shredded chicken, chopped parsley and croutons.
Chicken soup recipe in video: