Made With Love Chicken Soup


Thanks again Ripe Deli (this is from their newly released cookbook. We’re going to have so much fun with this). This is the big one, the no more mucking around, this immune system isn’t big enough for the both of us, chicken soup when all others have failed. You’re dropping a whole chicken on the problem, with a few garlic, carrot, and celery cluster bombs added in for good measure. We’re even using lemon and barley to make sure the cold stays down once it goes down.  Prepare for flavour that floats lightly like a dandelion and nutrition that stings a cold like nettles.

You’ll need:

A big stockpot with a lid

3 celery stalks thinly sliced

1 onion thinly sliced

4 cloves garlic, peeled, finely chopped

2 tbsp. rosemary leaves, finely chopped

2 carrots, peeled and grated (I didn’t peel mine though)

2 bay leaves

8 cups of water

3 cups chicken stock (I used 4 cups to finish the whole batch I had)

1/2 cup barley

1 tsp. salt

1 small whole chicken


Once everything is ready, put it all in the pot on a medium heat with the lid on until it comes to the boil, then turn the heat down to low. Let it sit like that for an hour or until the chicken is falling off the bone.

Take the soup off the heat, and carefully work the chicken onto a chopping board so you can strip off the meat.

Prepare the following garnish:

1 cup cavolo nero (uh, I used spinach) finely sliced

1/2 cup fresh curly parsley

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Put the chicken back in with the garnish, then bring the soup back to the boil. Then you’re done!

Ladle out generously, and serve with a “How do you like those apples?” to your cold.

34 thoughts on “Made With Love Chicken Soup

  1. Definitely would be Mama SEG Approved if she saw this.

    Just spent 6.877 minutes trying to fit all the words on twitter. Was staring at it and trying not to swear. #whyisthereawordlimitanyway? Grrr.

  2. I’d probably never make it out of the kitchen on a good day with all those ‘finely chopped’.. much less attempting this while I’m sick. Suffocating in bed still seems a better deal, and wishing to be bed fed..quack.

  3. This looks wonderful & makes me want to curl up under a blanket and watch a good film while cupping it in my hands for warmth and savouring every morsel! It’s still a bit chilly on this side of the world… can you tell?! 🙂

      1. It has got better over the last week but the way things have been I wouldn’t be in the least surprised if it snowed next week! Hope not though, I’m loving the trees getting their buds coming through and the flowers blooming 🙂

    1. It’s kind of a ping pong thing at the moment. Mrs P gets better, I get sick, I get better, she gets sick. If we could just stop returning serve this would be over and done with. Plus I think stress is a factor at the moment.

  4. Morning PK (my newest blog bud’) – Thanks for the heads up on the latest Ripe cookbook. I have the first one and I love it. I find if you quarter the chook before you pop it in the stock pot, it cooks more quickly… Cheers 🙂

    1. It’s great isn’t it? They’re just down the road from work but I’ve never been for lunch. We’ll have to order their food in one day for a staff lunch or something.

      In the meantime, I’ll please myself with making some of their dishes at home.

      What are your favourite recipes.

      (yeah, the whole chicken went in the pot as part of my usual absent minded professor kitchen habits. I knew as soon as I started pouring on the water that I’d made a mistake). In my defence, the recipe said whole was cool!

      1. I have ordered the 2nd book. See what an influence you are on some complete stranger in another country?

        Favourites (to date): Smoked Fish & Asparagus Salad, Spiced Eggplant & Peanut Salad, Fresh corn & Green Bean Salad (LM’s favourite, too). I have also made the Gingerbread & Stewed Figs with some success for my mad keen ginger-loving Dad when he visited. There are probably more, but that’ll do for now, I reckon!!!

  5. Hope this soup helps to boost both of your immune system! It definitely sounds good, except no carrots for me thank you.
    Oh and don’t forget about the secret cure.. ice cream!
    Side effects: brightens mood instantly 🙂

    1. Definitely have ice cream on the go as well. I’ve got three flavours lined up to review this week; well, two ice creams and a sorbet anyway. Definitely an instant on in the bright and shine stakes. 🙂

  6. This recipe seems so simple! Simple but incredibly delicious looking. I might just have to have a talk with my reader, I didn’t get any of your updates. It seems to be happening with some other blogs I follow.

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