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Monday, November 30, 2009

Ginger Chicken Soup

This is an awesome recipe. It is more medicinal that your typical chicken soup recipe because of the ginger! Can you just feel it clearing your sinuses already?
I can!

Rather than buy a cooked bird, I bought an oven ready roaster

It is so worth your time to fill the house with the good roast chicken smell.

De-Bone the Roasted Chicken

Rough Cut/Pull Apart Chicken

Ginger & Garlic in Mini Food Processor

Using prepackaged Soup Mix from your market's Produce section is convenient.

While the bird is roasting, chop your veggies.

It made more sense to me to add the hardest veggies 1st. I also didn't want to scorch the garlic

Add Parsnips to the hot oil

Cubed Turnip
(A great way to sneak in veggies/minerals)

Add the Frozen Peas

Serves 4
Hands-On Time: 25m
Total Time: 55m

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 5-inch piece fresh ginger, minced (3 tablespoons)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 medium parsnips, peeled and chopped (1 1/2 cups)
1 medium turnip, peeled and chopped (1 1/2 cups)
2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped (1 1/2 cups)
2 celery stalks, thinly sliced (2 cups)
2 32-ounce boxes low-sodium chicken broth (8 cups)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 rotisserie chicken, meat shredded (2 cups)
1/3 cup frozen peas, thawed
3 scallions, trimmed and sliced

1.In a large saucepan or stockpot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the ginger, garlic, and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Add the parsnips, turnip, carrots, celery, broth, and salt and bring to a boil.
2.Simmer, covered, until the vegetables are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
3.Add the chicken, cover, and cook for 5 minutes.
4.Remove from heat, stir in the peas and scallions, and let sit, covered, for 1 minute.

Got this recipe from
Real Simple

Will Make this week & post photos.

12/02/09 Unless you are a HUGE fan of ginger, it may be overwhelming to this dish.
I found it to be a little bitter. I didn't follow the recipe exactly. I had a sick little one home from school so I decided to try this. I wasn't able to make it to the market to get parsnips or rotisserie chicken, so I had to use what I had in the pantry. I was able to get turnip, ginger & scallion from a local Jamaican market.
I will make this again. Perhaps with 1 less tablespoon of ginger. Not sure if that will make a difference. Out of the 5 people in my family, 2 really enjoyed it, I thought it was ok & the 2 sick folks (hubby & kid) didn't like it. Hubby said "this soup will put some hair on your chest). LOL Oddly enough, they were the ones for whom I made it & needed it most to cure their bug.

12/05/09 Hubby REQUESTED this soup again! It's helping to clear his congestion.
It looks like this recipe will be added to the winter recipes.

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