The chill is definitely in the air and near the fire is where I want to be. Plus a bowl of chicken soup!
Whenever my grandmother cooked something awesome, which was often, she would say, “it’s so good it can wake the dead!” I used to smile whenever she said that because quite frankly, she said it all the time. Perhaps that’s where my love of cooking comes from. Needless to say, I could never measure up to her skills but I did learn a lot when she was around. In reality my chicken soup does not deliver that kind of power, but I assure you, it’s pretty darn close!
I’d like to share with you a recipe that I believe you will use over and over again. If you’re anything like me, a busy mom and wife there just aren’t enough hours in the day to cook all the things you would like to. And in my home, heating things in the microwave does not constitute as cooking nor is it accepted. Grandma also always said that time is precious and as such we must spend it wisely, which brings me to this recipe. You too will be able to make a very hearty, flavorful and healthy soup for your family to enjoy with a few items that are likely in your kitchen.
- 1 whole rotisserie chicken (2-3 lbs.) skin & bones removed, meat shredded
- 3 Tablespoons of butter
- 1/2 medium Vidalia or Yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 3/4 cup dry white wine (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 small package frozen mixed vegetables
- In a large pot over medium high heat, melt butter. Add onions and cook stirring occasionally until tender and slightly golden, 5-8 minutes.
- Sprinkle the flour and cook stirring for a couple of minutes. (This will create the base for the broth.) Do not let it darken, you just want to get rid of the flour taste.
- Stir in wine, broth, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Add the vegetables and shredded chicken and return to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer partially covered for about 10 minutes or until desired consistency. Serve immediately.