When the nights begin getting longer, and the temperature begins to drop, a good hearty soup or stew is the outright quintessential comfort food… I can’t image the Autumn/Winter season without soup and stews on my weekly menu rotation. And on my list of the top-ten recipes, this one emerges pretty close to the top.
Sometimes I’ll make this cozy dish with homemade dumplings, or nice freshly made egg pasta. And sometimes I’ll just scoop it into a bowl, and eat it as is.
Oh, and let’s not forget that fresh chicken stock…
4When the foaming subsides, add the wine, lemon juice and 1/2 cup of chicken stock.
5Chef’s Note: This is a standard base for many hearty soups and stews. If you don’t want to use the white wine, you can always substitute an equal amount of white grape juice.
6Bring to a simmer, and allow the liquid to slowly reduce by half, about 10 to 12 minutes.
7Mix in the cream.
8Add the remainder of the chicken stock.
9Chef’s Note: If you are using store-bought chicken stock, or (heaven forbid) broth. Then, when you season the soup watch the salt.
10Add the flour and water to a small bowl, and whisk together.
11Add to the pot, and simmer until it begins to thicken, about 3 to 5 minutes.
12Add the carrots, and continue to simmer for 10 – 12 minutes.
13Add the onions, celery, , and then bring the pot back up to a simmer.
14Continue to simmer for 10 to 12 minutes.
15Add the chicken, and then let it warm up with the soup, about 5 minutes.
16Chef’s Note: Although I am a big fan of brining chicken breasts, for this recipe, don’t. It isn’t necessary, and it will add unwanted additional salt.
17Chef’s Tip: If you want to add an additional level of flavor to this dish, then salt & pepper the chicken breasts, and sauté them in a bit of olive oil and sweet butter. When they are cooked, tear them into rustic pieces, and pour the liquid from the sauté pan into the pot, when you add the chicken stock in step 8.
18VARIATIONS ON A THEME
19Dumplings: After you add the chicken, drop your dumplings on the top of the soup, cover, and allow to slowly simmer, for 10 to 12 minutes.
20Pasta: Get you favorite egg noodles and stir into the soup. Follow package directions as to how long the noodles need to cook.
If you are using homemade egg noodles (YUM) they will only need about 3 to 5 minutes in the liquid before they are cooked.
21Chef’s Note: If you don’t want to make your own dumplings, or pasta, no worries. Just pick up your favorite brand at the local grocer. However, if you take the time to make homemade (it really isn’t that difficult), you will be glad that you did.
23Serve in nice bowls with a few friends. Enjoy.
24Keep the faith, and keep cooking.
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