Bill Telepan’s Simple Chicken Soup

It’s been said that chicken soup contains anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent a cold’s...
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Bill Telepan’s Simple Chicken Soup
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Bill Telepan’s Simple Chicken Soup

It’s been said that chicken soup contains anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent a cold’s miserable side effects. We also add beans (which my family loves) for a little protein boost. So there’s a ton of nutritional value in this soup. — Bill Telepan, owner of Telepan restaurant and executive chef of Wellness in the Schools (WITS), a non-profit organization dedicated to making school food healthy.

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4
Servings
23
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can make the chicken stock in a regular pot. Just bring to a steady simmer and cook for 2 hours. Strain out, clean the pot, cook your vegetables as written, and you’re good to go. I like the slow cooker because I can leave the house without a flame going.

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ to 3 Pounds chicken wings
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1 small onion, halved
  • Head of garlic, split
  • 2 leeks, green cut off and washed for stock, and whites cut into 1/8- to ¼-inch rings, washed well
  • Oil, for sauteing
  • 3 to 4 Cups shredded cabbage, savoy or green
  • Salt
  • 1 medium rutabaga, medium dice, about 2 cups
  • 3 to 4 medium carrots-sliced into ¼-inch rings (about 2 cups)
  • 1 can white beans
  • Cooked egg noodles, for serving

Directions

Place the wings, thighs, onions, garlic, and leek greens in a slow cooker with about 2 quarts of water. Set the heat to high and cook for 4 hours. Turn off when done.

When the soup is ready, place the oil, cabbage, leek whites, and a good pinch of salt into a 4- to 6-quart pot and, on medium-high heat, cook for 5 minutes, covered.

Add the carrots and rutabaga and another pinch of salt, and cover and cook another 5 to 7 minutes.

Add the beans to the pot. Then strain the stock into the pot. Reserve the thighs. Bring the soup to a simmer and cook for another 20 to 25 minutes.

While the soup simmers, remove the skin, bone, and any cartilage from the chicken thighs. Shred the meat and add to the soup.

Serve with egg noodles, if desired.

Nutritional Facts

Sugar
1g
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
1g
1%
Protein
4g
9%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Calcium, Ca
23mg
2%
Choline, total
9mg
2%
Folate, total
8µg
2%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
3mg
1%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
51mg
7%
Sodium, Na
659mg
44%
Water
425g
16%

Simple Chicken Shopping Tip

When working with chicken, buy a separate cutting board, preferably a dishwasher-safe, plastic one, to avoid spreading bacteria onto raw produce.

Simple Chicken Cooking Tip

Legs take longer than breasts to cook. For more consistent results, mark the chicken on the grill and then finish cooking them in an oven.

Simple Chicken Wine Pairing

Pinot noir, gamay, merlot, zinfandel, carménère, pinotage, or grenache with grilled, roasted, or other simply cooked chicken; chardonnay, pinot gris/grigio, pinot blanc, or chenin blanc with chicken in cream or light tomato sauce or with chicken crêpes or croquettes; sauvignon blanc or sémillon with fried chicken; viognier with spiced chicken dishes.