Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Chicken Soup for the Rainy Day Soul

Aside from snuggling up on the couch with a great book or movie, soup is one of my favorite things for a cold, rainy day. My husband also had the sniffles that week so I figured it would be good for him too.

Depending on your schedule, you can just use store bought chicken stock and a rotisserie chicken for this recipe. If you have the time, I suggest you make it whole shebang! You can set this aside and eat it during the week or even freeze it for later.

Chicken Orzo Soup (Serves 6-8)
Time: 3-4hrs (30min Prep)

- 1 Chicken
- 32z Low Sodium Broth
- 1qt+2c Water
- 2 Gold Yukon Potatoes, chopped (You can use whatever you want here or even a root vegetable)
- 5 Carrots, chopped
- 5 Celery Stalks, chopped
- 3 Cloves Garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 Sweet Onion, chopped
- 1 Bay leaf
- Cayenne Pepper, 3-4 Dashes
- 1/2 tsp+ Curry Powder (It adds a nice sweet and nutty flavor!)
- 1-1 1/2 tsp of Salt
- 1/2 tsp of Thyme
- 1c of Orzo (Optional)
- Pepper, to taste

  1. Add Stock, Water, Bay leaf and Chicken to a pot and set to boil.  
  2. Once the soup is boiling, add chopped carrots and celery, set to medium low and cover for 1-1 1/2hrs.              
  3. Constantly remove the foam and skim the fat with a spoon.
  4. After Chicken is cooked, remove from the pot and remove the skin and shred the chicken.
  5. Return shredded chicken along with the onion, potatoes, and the rest of the spices. Cook for another hour or so on low. 
  6. 20mins before serving, add your cup of orzo if desired and cook on medium until pasta is cooked.
  7. Finally add any other seasonings your soup may require and enjoy! I personally like to add some sriracha chili sauce to mine!           


mnalverio said...

Hey girl...I was wondering if that was brown rice orzo you put into the soup. Making it tonight and I'm sure it will be delicious :) Thanks for the recipe!


Eat. Love. and Be Merry. said...

Hey lady,
I used a whole wheat orzo! Enjoy!