How to make it

  • The cooking process is rather simple, you will be adding the ingredients along with the chicken and water and allowing it all to boil then simmer for at least 90 minutes until the chicken is done. Then removing the chicken allowing it to cool so that you can remove the meat from the bones. Then cooking your noodles separately if you want to add them to your soup, then adding the last of the reserved veggies to your soup and returning the now-deboned chicken along with the noodles to the soup and serving it up to you and your family.
  • Here are the step by step directions:
  • * Gather your ingredients and place your large stock pot on your stove or even use your slow cooker.
  • * Add olive oil to your stock pot (if you are using your slow cooker omit this step and simply add your ingredients to the slow cooker starting with the vegetables first, then add the chicken, then the water and turn it on)
  • * Remember to reserve one celery stalk, one carrot and all the scallions - you will be adding those last to the soup pot once your chicken has cooked and you have removed the meat from the bones and replaced it back into the soup - this keeps them slightly crunchy and adds color)
  • * Add diced onions, celery and carrots to the mix and turn the heat under pot.
  • * Allow the vegetables to sweat for 5-7 minutes, stirring occassionaly.
  • * While vegetables are cooking, remove skin off chicken and separate legs from thighs.
  • * Add chicken to pot, add all remaining ingredients: garlic, spices, salt and peper, jalapenos, etc. (except for one carrot, one celery stalk, scallions)
  • * Add water to pot enough to bring the water level to about one inch from the top.
  • * Allow to come to a boil, then lower heat and allow the soup to simmer for at least 90 minutes.
  • * Scoop out chicken. Let cool slightly so it is easier to remove meat from bones.
  • * While noodles are cooking (see next step) and chicken is cooling, add the reserved diced carrot, celery and scallions to the soup.
  • * When removing meat from the chicken bones, I like to keep the chicken in chunks.
  • * Cook noodles separately and when done drain and rinse noodles before adding to soup.
  • * Serve up in bowls to feed your cold and starve your fever!
  • Variations & Tips:
  • * You can easily allow this to cook for much longer of course, just remember, the longer you cook the chicken in, it might be a bit ‘drier’ despite it being cooked in the soup.
  • * Adding additional jalapenos or red pepper flakes at the end will bring up the ‘heat factor’ opening up the most stubborn of stuffed noses.
  • * Adding a squeeze of lemon juice to the bowl will also up the vitamin C content.
  • * You can ‘cheat’ with the chicken and buy a pre-cooked roasted chicken, remove meat from bones and ’start’ the soup with the bones only and adding the meat after 90 minutes. - This is especially helpful for those too weak and need a quick fix of chicken soup. Just be sure not to add any of the skin to the soup.
  • * By adding the jalapenos, red chili flakes and cayenne pepper in the beginning, the soup takes on a gentle heat mellowing out the spiciness of the jalapenos. I personally like to add more red chili flakes and sliced jalapenos into my bowl just before serving to make it extra spicy - it gets my nose passages to open up so fast, I simply love being able to breath again.
  • ****LASTLY - the spices selected are specifically selected to help your body heal (cayenne pepper - gets blood flowing, ups metabolism)(rosemary aids in lung functioning properly)(scallions thin mucous secretions & help sweat out cold)(jalapenos & red chili flakes help open up nasal passages)(onions and garlic - have antibiotic properties plus help again with thinning out mucous secretions)
  • Feel better quick!

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    " It was excellent "
    melissamcf ate it and said...
    I made this for my sis who had the flu, and my whole family had a cold at the same time. Luckily there was plenty to feed all of us and to have the next day! This soup is SO yummy and healing. So many awesome flavors. Only thing is, I used only a half of one jalapeno and it was plenty spicy! I had to add water to my kids' soup bowls to lessen the spice for them. I added a couple cloves of garlic since the recipe didn't say how much, but I'm sure you could add even more. Since I'm not a fan of soggy noodles, I got this cool small shell pasta called collezione (Barilla brand) and cooked it 10 minutes instead of 15 like it called for. That way, since the soup was plenty hot, it just cooked a little more in the soup pot and tasted great. I will definitely make this again! Hope everyone who makes this feels better soon! :-) It'll help!
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    " It was good "
    cassidyshea ate it and said...
    I made it- hubby has the flu and he actually ate 2 bowls!!! Most he has eaten in 3 days- Than you! I used 6-8 cloves of garlic and added more. Only added 1-2 tablespoons of rosemary- seemed like A LOT. I used 3 drumsticks and 3 thighs- added 2 more cups of water as the chicken cooled. CANT WAIT TO SEE HOW YUM IT IS DAY 2!!
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  • jordantmcgee 5 years ago
    Your description of 3 leg quarters is confusing, as I have nominal experience cooking. Is there a clearer quantity of chicken, or will the salesclerk know what I'm talking about?
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  • TxShay 5 years ago
    How much garlic is in this recipe? Garlic is not on the list of ingredients but it is mentioned in the cooking instructions. Thank you!
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    " It was excellent "
    oxfordtoni ate it and said...
    I have a cold and feel awful. My soup is simmering now and I can't wait to eat it. Smells wonderful and I tried the broth and it is exceptional. I will be eating on this all week till I get better.
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    " It was excellent "
    sweetirene ate it and said...
    This was fan-freaking-tastic. Best I've had, and I've made many, many chicken soups. I'm a tough one to please, and this one is a winner. Thank you so much!
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  • Giulia21 7 years ago
    This soup sounds yummy, how spicy does it actually end up being though?
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    " It was excellent "
    darmac ate it and said...
    Yummm!!! Living in Mexico also suitable for the native palette!
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  • Alcyone1968 8 years ago
    I just made this soup for my sick daughter. I have been making chicken soup for sick family members for 40 years, always taste good. But this was superlative! The best I ever made. The jalepenos rock. Thanks for sharing this gem.
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  • cindylou1326 8 years ago
    a friend made me this soup. love, love,
    loved it. the pepper really help with breathing better

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    " It was excellent "
    mrpeyton ate it and said...
    I made this for a friend who was totally down and out with a cold. She called after eating it, and said it was the best chicken soup she had ever had, and it totally opened up her sinuses. I'm glad I saved some for myself. It snowed in Atlanta, and we tend to stay home when it snows. What a great lunch! This will be my go to chicken soup recipe from this point forward
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  • quaypocooks 9 years ago
    Totally agree, chicken soup is a comfort soup.
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    " It was excellent "
    chihuahua ate it and said...
    Wowee! This is some soup. Sounds like it would definitely clear things up and make a sick tummy feel better. Thank you for posting.

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  • binky67 11 years ago
    Yeah Baby!
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    " It was excellent "
    rosemaryblue ate it and said...
    Wonderful recipe! Love chicken soup!
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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said...
    Love this soup! It has great spices in it, and I love the addition of halapeno peppers!
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    " It was excellent "
    lunasea ate it and said...
    Hey Leah - I love it! Nothing tastes any better than a good soup when you're under the weather and this one sounds like a tasty and curative powerhouse. I don't have a cold or the flu (currently), but I'm thinking I'll make a big ol' pot for the chilly weather this week. Maybe it will help ward off the nasties - and it sure will make me warm. Inside and out. High 5, m'dear - and thanks! ;) Vickie
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    " It was excellent "
    donman ate it and said...
    WOW! What a recipe. I can't wait to try it :)
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