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Chicken and vegetable soup |

chicken-vegetable-soupWith the warning of heavy rains and 2 cold fronts approaching Cape Town this weekend I decided to make a pot of this fantastic chicken and vegetable soup that takes 20 minutes tops to make and a large French loaf and a good book prepared for a weekend indoors. (4 large servings)

What you need

1 large potato diced
2 large carrots sliced
2 leeks sliced finely
2 celery sticks chopped (leaves included)
1 onion halved and sliced finely
2 large skinless boneless chicken breast sliced finely
handfull of flatleaf parsley chopped
2 chicken stock cubes crumbled
About 1 liter water
Olive oil

The process

first off, be sure that you wash the vegetables thoroughly, especially the leeks, they have a tendency to have sand hiding in between the layers. Chop and slice away.

Heat a pot on a meadium heat with some olive oil and add the vegetables. Stir them around to sweat them a little and begin to soften.

Add the water and crumble in the 2 stock cubes, bring it to the boil and then add the chicken slices.

Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes or so with the lid on and lastly toss in the parsley, season with pepper and simmer for another 5 minutes.

Thats it, you are done.

Serve with warm crusty French loaf.

Tip: When adding the water, ensure that the vegetables are covered completely and don’t worry about the little bit of oil on the surface, it’s perfectly good if you used olive oil
and adds extra flavor.

Double up if need be and leave it on the stove to reheat whenever you feel the need.

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10 Responses to “Chicken and vegetable soup”

  1. Juan says:

    Me and my partner love this recipe, making tonight again love it
    Thank you Graham

  2. Charlene says:

    I would like to add small noodles to the soup, when should I add it to this recipe. Can I also make it slighlty thicker by adding something to the soup unless i am doing it wrong

  3. weli says:

    hi G
    My man always ask me if i went for cooking lessons, you let my cooking skills out in the open.
    that chicken soup is magical, i tried it last yr,am definitely gonna cook it again this winter. Thanx for making me a complete woman in the kitchen world.

    • Graham says:

      Hi weli, your secret is safe with me.. so happy to hear that, it makes all that I do worthwhile hearing you say that. Have a fabulous day G 😉

  4. Joy says:

    Great recipe! I am soup mad and when I have a pot on the stove will have 3 to 5 times a day. I enjoy putting a small bite in soup by adding a quantity of chilli, which I grow, into it. Depending how hot you want your soup is to how much and which chilli you want in. Try it, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Thanks.

    • Graham says:

      Hi Joy, I am already converted, have a mate who grows copious amounts of chili so always have a few lying around. Have a great day G

  5. Debby says:

    Hi Graham

    Made this a few nights ago for my ailing boyfriend, and it was a huge success! I’ve never been great at making soups, but this recipe is pretty much foolproof, and absolutely delicious.

    Your site is fast becoming one of my favourites – thanks so much for these great recipes.


  6. Kim da Cook says:

    Hi Graham
    Long time I know been a bit busy, hope you are well.
    I was looking for a chicken soup, but I had something quite different in mind, but this sound great,this is the only reason that I love winter is for soup I could live on it for the the winter, but my other half on the other hand would not feel the same. 🙂 🙂

    • Graham says:

      Hi Kim, great to have you back, It’s how I get my veggies…. Chicken soup[ is medicine I tell you!

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