Chicken soup is probably one of the most popular soups out there. There are so many ways to prepare it. My version of chicken soup is inspired by my Serbian heritage. I use garlic and vegeta to get that Eastern European taste.
Chicken soup is the go to soup when feeling sick. What makes this version of chicken soup perfect for boosting health is the GARLIC, which happens to be a natural immune booster. It also makes the flavor of the broth quite tasty. When I don’t use it I can really tell the difference.
VEGETA is another key ingredient in this soup. Vegeta is a popular Balkan seasoning made of vegetables. It gives the soup a rich yellow hue and the flavor is salty. To learn more about it, read my post on Vegeta.
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I typically make a double batch of the soup because I like freezing it as an easy go to meal. It freezes well for up to 6 month. However, mind the noodles you use. I have found smaller and skinny noodles do better if you plan to freeze the soup. The wide egg noodles are great if you plan to eat the soup right away.
Enjoy! And, let me know what you think.
Serb Style Chicken Soup
Bring Serbian flavor to the table with this Serbian inspired chicken soup recipe.
- 1 whole uncooked chicken
- 12 cups water
- 4-5 stalks of celery, chopped
- 3-4 large garlic cloves, minced
- 7 carrots, sliced
- 2 bay leaves
- 8-10 oz of your favorite noodles, uncooked
- 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 Tablespoon vegeta
- Salt & Pepper
- Paprika (optional)
- Fresh parsley (optional)
- To make broth – put the whole thawed chicken in a large soup pot with the 12 cups of water. Make sure to remove all the stuff from the cavity. Bring water to boil. Reduce heat to medium. Cook for 45 to 60 minutes. I leave it for 60 minutes, the meat comes off very nicely then.
- Once the broth is made, remove the chicken and cut up the meat into bite sized pieces. Discard everything else.
- Strain the broth. Return broth to the pot and boil.
- Add the celery, garlic, carrots, and bay leaves. Cook for about 15 minutes or until vegetables are soft.
- Add half of the chicken (or more if you want) and vegeta. Taste to check the broth flavor. Add more vegeta, if needed. Vegeta is pretty salty. At this point, if you want to add more do so a teaspoon at a time and check the flavor.
- Add the noodles and cook per package instructions.
- Stir in the parsley, salt (if needed), and pepper.
- Garnish with a bit of paprika and/or fresh parsley.