RecipesGrandma Homemade Basic Chicken Broth Soup

Grandma Homemade Basic Chicken Broth Soup

This amazingly delicious Grandma’s homemade basic chicken broth soup is the perfect thing to serve to a loved battling the cold and flu.

Grandma Homemade Basic Chicken Broth Soup

Through all of the coughing, runny nose and upset tummy comes the need for a homemade basic chicken broth that is soothing to the throat and easy on a queasy stomach.

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  • 1 chicken quartered

  • 3 1/2 quarts water

  • 1 large carrot

  • 1 medium size onion

  • 1 rib celery

  • 3 sprigs fresh parsley

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns


  1. You’ll need a heavy 6-quart pot, preferably not aluminum, with a cover.

  2. Put chicken in pot; cover with water.

  3. Cook over medium-high heat until water comes to a boil.

  4. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered about 45 minutes, skimming off foam as it rises with a slotted spoon.

  5. Add remaining ingredients and simmer partially covered 1 to 1 1/4 hours longer until chicken is very tender and falls off the bones.

  6. Leave chicken in broth until cool enough to handle. Remove with vegetables, using a slotted spoon.

  7. Discard bones and skin; cover and refrigerate chicken. You should have about 2 1/4 cups of dark and 2 cups of white meat from a 5-pound stewing hen. Wrap vegetables separately.

  8. Strain soup through a fine sieve and refrigerate overnight. Remove fat that has solidified on surface.

Makes about 2 quarts (8 cups).


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Melissa Francis
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