Cheater’s chicken soup
I love soup. I can eat it anytime of the year. There is no reason to slave making stock, slicing and dicing vegetables, or taking all day to make a nice pot of soup.
Believe me, I love the process and keep quarts of homemade chicken broth in my freezer. But, sometimes you just want fast and easy.
Make the grocery store your friend. This cheater’s soup is fast, efficient, tasty, and healthy.
Look, who says you can’t cheat once in a while to put something tasty, nutritious, and comforting on the table.
2- large boneless, skinless chicken breasts Boneless thighs have more flavor if you can get them 3-4 for this recipe. You can use two of each, depending on the size of the thighs.
1- small to medium onion diced
1- small shallot diced (Optional)
1-3 cloves of garlic, diced (Or to taste)
2 tbls. Extra virgin olive oil or vegetable oil
1½-2 qts. Chicken broth- homemade is nice, but store bought works just as well
1 bay leaf- fresh or dried
Juice and grated rind of one lemon (Optional)
1/2 tsp. dried oregano or minced leaves from a large sprig of rosemary.
1lb bag frozen diced soup/stew vegetables (Available in most supermarkets)
1 lb. egg noodles, orzo, bow ties,, or other small shaped pasta cooked to package directions.
In a large saute pan, poach chicken breasts until cooked. Drain, rinse, and cool.
In a stock pot or other large pot, heat oil, sweat onions and shallot until translucent. About halfway through add garlic and a pinch of salt.
Dice chicken into bite sized pieces and add to onions and garlic. Add some salt and coarse ground pepper.
Add Chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Let simmer for a few minutes.
Add lemon juice and rind, if using.
Add frozen vegetables. Simmer until they are cooked.
Check for seasoning and add salt, if necessary.
Add cooked noodles or pasta and more broth if necessary. Simmer for just a few minutes.
If you want to skip cooking the chicken, pick up one of those rotisserie chickens at the store. Remove the skin, as it has a slimy texture in the soup. Shred all the meat off into bite sized pieces. Add it to the broth to heat with the vegetables. You will probably need more stock. Add the cooked noodles or pasta.