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Why is it Still Cold? Looks Like Time For Another Soup – Chicken and Barley Soup

We are still experiencing windy and cold weather here today in my area of New York and even though Spring starts tomorrow night, we are expecting 2 to 4 inches of snow tomorrow, which does not bring a smile to anyone’s face around here after all of the snow and cold we have had this winter. In any case,cold weather, and even early spring weather that can be chilly, is still a good time to break out the soup recipes and make something nice and warming. This particular recipe that I found at the Kitchn worked perfectly with some leftover chicken that I had. It is for chicken and barley soup and makes use of chicken, some veggies and barley to create a hearty and warming soup.

Chicken and Barley Soup

1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil

2 carrots, peeled and diced

4 stalks celery, diced

1 onion, diced

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 quart chicken broth

1 cup water

1 cup pearl barley

2 cups diced cooked chicken

1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice, to taste

Parsley, to garnish, if desired

Heat the olive oil or vegetable oil in a Dutch oven or large, heavy-bottomed soup pot. Add the carrots, celery, onion, oregano and salt. Stir to coat the vegetables with the oil and herbs, then cover the pot and allow the vegetables to sweat until the onions are translucent and the carrots are softened, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Add the chicken broth, water and the pearl barley to the pot. Bring the mixture up to a simmer and then cover the pot and turn the heat down to low. All the soup to simmer until the barley is cooked through, about 30 to 40 minutes. Uncover the pot and add the cooked chicken. Allow the chicken to warm through, about 2 to 3 minutes, then add 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice. Taste the soup to adjust the seasonings and add more lemon juice, salt or pepper to suit your tastes. Serve the soup immediately and garnish it with parsley, if desired.

If you do not have any cooked or leftover chicken in the fridge, you can easily add some uncooked  cubed chicken after you have sweat the vegetables and cook the chicken until it is no longer pink and cooked through, about 5 to 6 minutes. the lemon juice adds a nice touch to the soup but I found 1 tablespoon to be plenty and left it at that. I really liked the barley with this soup and it added great texture and flavor overall to make the soup a bit heartier than just your standard chicken soup or chicken and rice soup. You could always add different vegetables or other veggies if you prefer and this soup is hearty enough to stand on its own as a meal, though some nice crunchy homemade bread with it does go rather nicely. Hopefully it will be the last soup recipe of the winter for us here!

That’s all I have for today. Check back next time for another recipe. Until then, enjoy the rest of your day and enjoy your meal!

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Savor the Simple Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

We haven’t really had a lot of cool weather here in my part of New York just yet, though it is starting to get there with some nights down in the thirties. in any event, once the fall rolls around I start to think more about soups, stews and slow cooker meals because they just make you feel warm, make the house smell great and are easy to put together for a one pot meal. I decided I wanted to make something really easy and have a great soup and give some chicken and wild rice soup a try. This is a great options when you have some leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken and want to do something different with it. There are lots of different types of wild rice that you can get, so you could always get your favorite quick version or get a regular version that takes longer to cook but seems to have better flavor, in my opinion. In either case, this turns out a very tasty soup for the whole family. I used this recipe from Food.com to make my soup when I did it, but the soup as a whole is pretty easy to put together on its own.

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

4 cups chicken broth

1 cup peeled and sliced carrots

1/2 cup sliced celery

1/3 cup wild rice, uncooked

1/3 cup sliced leeks (white and light green parts) or green onions

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

Freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cup half-and-half or milk

1 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken

2 tablespoons dry sherry

1 carrot peeled into thin strips, for garnish (optional)

In a saucepan set over medium heat, mix the chicken broth, sliced carrot, sliced celery, uncooked wild rice, leek or green onions, dried thyme and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce the heat to low. Cover the saucepan and allow the mixture to simmer until the rice is tender, about 45 to 50 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Stir in the flour and then stir in the half-and-half or milk. Cook and stir the mixture until it is bubbly, about 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly add the half-and-half mixture to the rice mixture, stirring constantly to thicken the soup. Stir in the chicken and the dry sherry. Heat the soup and until the chicken is heated through, about 3 to 4 minutes. Divide the soup evenly among soup bowls and if desired, garnish the soup with the carrot peel strips.

This turned out to be a really great soup without a lot of work needed for it. You get great flavor from the wild rice and the stock thickens up nicely when you add the roux to it to make things even better, and the touch of dry sherry at the end really tops things off nicely. I could see adding different vegetables to this if you like, such as some broccoli or sliced mushrooms or really anything that you favor. The soup was even better the next day for lunch and we all really enjoyed the meal. I made some buttermilk biscuits to go along with the soup, but you could make any bread, rolls, biscuits or even just have crackers or a sandwich alongside of it and you have a great meal.

That’s all I have for today. Check back next time for another recipe. Until then, enjoy the rest of your day and enjoy your meal!

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The Easiest Chicken Noodle Soup You Will Ever Make

I had planned to make some pizza last night, but Sean and I both had dentist appointments so we got home late. As it turns out, Sean had a couple of fillings done, so he couldn’t really eat anything anyway and asked if he could have some soup for dinner. I didn’t have any pre-made in the freezer or anything, so I had to throw something together quickly using just what I had around the house. Luckily, they are fewer things that can make great use of leftovers and household items than chicken noodle soup. All you need is some homemade or store-bought broth, some leftover chicken and vegetables, a bag of noodles, are you are good to go in about 15 minutes.

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

4 cups chicken broth

8 ounces noodles

1-2 pieces leftover chicken (breasts, thighs or drumsticks), shredded

6 ounces frozen vegetables (or any leftover vegetables you may have)

In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring the chicken broth to a boil, Add the noodles and return the broth to a boil, then turn the heat down to low to simmer until the noodles are almost tender, about 4 or 5 minutes. Add in the shredded chicken and the vegetables and heat until the chicken and the vegetables are warmed through, about 3 or 4 minutes. Serve.

That’s all there is to it. We actually made use of some leftover chicken gravy I had on hand and added that into the soup as well to act as a thickener and really make it nice. Sean loved it and ate all of it so fast I never even had a chance to take a picture of it. The nice thing is that you can do this same thing with just about any kind of leftovers you may have. You can use rice instead of noodles, use beef broth or vegetable broth instead of chicken, simply add some frozen tortellini and spinach to the broth for a spinach tortellini soup, use beef instead of chicken or just use all vegetables and some herbs along with the vegetable broth and you can make yourself a nice vegetarian soup. The options seem nearly limitless when it comes to making a quick soup if you just want something fast and satisfying. You can serve this with a side salad, just some crunchy bread or even have soup with a sandwich for a fast dinner or a great lunch (I had a tuna sandwich with mine).

That’s all I have for today. Check back next time for another recipe. I hope to get to the pizza tomorrow, I have some ribs planned for Friday, and I also have a cinnamon bun recipe I want to try, so there’s always more to check out. Until next time, enjoy the rest of your day and enjoy your meal!

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2013 in Cooking, One Pot Meals, Soups & Stews

 

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