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Chunky Chicken Soup

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It was snowing here in Kansas yesterday, and what better way to chase away the chill than with a big bowl of soup?  This is from The Pioneer Woman‘s recipe collection, and it is fantastic.  Although I adore noodles in my chicken soup, the chicken and vegetables are the stars here and I found that I didn’t even miss the noodles.  This soup is so delicious and flavorful, the health factor was an afterthought, but realizing how healthy it is makes it a win-win in my book.  Happy mouth, happy body.

Chunky Chicken Soup

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1 whole chicken
2 (32 oz) cartons chicken broth
1 whole bay leaf
2 large onions, chopped
8 ribs of celery, trimmed & chopped
8 carrots, peeled and chopped
5 parsnips, peeled and chopped
Freshly ground black pepper, for serving

Place chicken in large stock pot and pour broth over it. Add the bay leaf and chopped vegetables. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 1 ½ to 2 hours, or until meat is cooked through. Remove chicken to a cutting board and allow to cool until you can touch it without burning your fingers, about ten minutes. Pull the chicken from the bone, discarding the skin, and shred or chop the meat before returning it to the pot. Taste and add salt if desired. Serve hot with freshly ground black pepper over the top.

Recipe source: adapted from The Pioneer Woman

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About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

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  1. I like u like my noodles when making home made chicken noodle soup..but it sounds so good and easy I believe franny will be trying this one for sure Thanks … Snowing here in Kentucky as well Veronica but I doubt it will be much ….

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  2. I feel healthier just looking at the photo. Deelish!

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  3. This looks like a really great meal to make on a cold Saturday, when I have nowhere to go and can just sit and enjoy the smells as the chicken cooks. Mmmm, I’m going to happy place in my soul just imagining it.

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  4. Looks yummy! Derek was asking me not long ago to come to TX to make him some soup….lol! :)

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  5. I like it better without noodles! This looks great! We could certainly use some snow here. It’s strange in MN without ANY snow!

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  6. but isn’t the skin very fat? always fear making chicken soup because of that… otherwise this recipe look seriously good and, sure, healthy. I especially like the addition of parsnip and the absence of potatoes.

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    • Yes, the skin does add fat so if you don’t like any fat in your soup, you can cut the fat off before boiling, or use chicken breasts.

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  7. I love that picture of your soup. Wonderful job, Veronica! I am still wondering if we will ever get snow here this winter?

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  8. This soup looks delicious. I could use a bowl of it right now to warm me up. It’s freezing here.

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