Anyway, about the Chipper Chicken Soup...I had to make it this weekend for my husband. Ever since his birthday, when we made him the brownies, he has been sick. Mind you, he wasn't sick from the brownies, rather he had developed a head cold that traveled south. We all know there is nothing better than chicken soup to "cure" a cold. So, in an effort to make him feel "chipper" again, I whipped up a pot of this soup.
Here are the basic ingredients I used:
Rotisserie chicken, chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, carrots, onion, celery, minced garlic (not shown), preferred pasta and frozen peas. I also added some seasonings, but these are personal preference. I use what I have on hand. This time it was a rosemary herb blend and some seasoned salt.
Just a quick side note: I used this for chopping my carrots, celery and onion. My sweet cousin gave me this cool gadget one year for Christmas. While it is not necessary, it does make cute consistent-sized pieces quickly. Okay, back to the recipe...
Chipper Chicken Soup (a starter recipe)
2 cups chopped cooked chicken (I used a rotisserie chicken.)
2 stalks celery, chopped
4-5 carrots, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 can Cream of Chicken soup, plus one can of water
16 oz or more Chicken Broth
1/2 to 1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup milk or half and half
desired spices and herbs
Chop celery, carrots, and onion. Saute in olive oil until soft, about 7 minutes (maybe longer). Add minced garlic and stir around for another minute or two. Add the can of soup, a can of water and about 16 oz chicken broth to vegetables. Stir to combine. Add in your chopped chicken and frozen peas. Let it come to a boil, then add the noodles. I used fideo noodles (thin spaghetti broken into pieces) for this soup, but I often will use egg noodles. Stir and cook until noodles are desired texture. Pour in about 1/2 cup of milk or half and half to add creaminess. Heat through. Add whatever spices or herbs you wish.
This is the Chipper Chicken Soup (starter recipe)...it should reflect your tastes. Feel free to experiment with different vegetables and spices. Serve this with some crusty bread and a smile.