This is a recipe my husband taught me and it is awesome when you are sick. It is a simple, but flavorful chicken soup. It is great for when it is cold outside or you have little cold.
You need a really big pot, because this soup is jam packed with tasty warm goodness.
4-5 Chicken thighs bone in preferred but not necessary
3 carrots peeled and cut into bit sized pieces
6-8 small fingerling or little potatoes
2-4 zuchinnis cut into larger pieces
2 garlic cloves
1/2 white onion
1 bunch of cilantro
salt to taste
Optional gluten free noodles. I prefer spirals in my soup, but whichever works for you. I sometimes cook them separately, because if you want to reheat the leftovers later they will become soggy and come apart. However my three your old loves the noodles so it is well worth it. Salt the water if you cook them separately and for extra points use chicken broth.
It is a very simple soup. Using a pot large enough for all your ingredients boil you water with a bit of salt leaving room for all your ingredients. Add your chicken without cutting it. Add your potatoes onion and garlic. Watch the soup and scoop off any white fluff that forms on top. Wait about 15 mins. Add your carrots. Wait another 15 mins add your zuchinni. Check the salt content of the soup, add more if needed. Wait another 15 minutes, tie about 1/2 of the bunch of cilantro in a knot and put it in the soup, this is so you don’t have to eat the actual cilantro leaves, if you save this for later take the cilantro out before putting it away. After about 10 more mins turn off the soup and let it sit until a couple of minutes. If you like you can pull out the chicken and shred it. It tends to just come off the bone by itself though. Cut up your limes and avocados for everyone to use. Dish up your soup and squeeze lime in as you like top with avocado and serve!
We usually make salsa and add it to the soup after we put it in our bowls so everyone can control the amount of spice in their bowl. I serve it with quesadillas most of time. I will link to my favorite salsa reicipe and home made quesadillas here at a later date.
Some days all my kid eats are the quesadillas with avocado and sometimes she just picks all the noodles out of the soup and drinks out all the broth. However, some days she actually eats it all. The good news, every time we make my husband and I eat it and our kid is fed. So, I call it a win.
Hope this makes you and your family feel nice and warm. I believe it has kept me from getting a cold before, but maybe that is part psycho-sematic. Either way it was tasty!