White Chicken Soup – good for a Malaise

by kath_red on 08/08/2012

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We have all been suffering from Man Flu this past week, today I am home sick with my boy, and we watched a bit of olympics and drank tea together for a while. I plan on watching the BBC series of Pride and Prejudice a little later with more tea too.

Otherwise there has not been a lot going on in the world of me. Post big deadline means that I am now procrastinating on a few things (the garden, the cleaning, some work) while I recover.

But have been cooking big pots of chicken soup or pea and ham soup – our new pressure cooker has been in use constantly – I have a new very simple recipe for White Chicken Soup, which the whole family adores.

And we have been eating rather a lot of these amazing Cara Cara oranges (pictured above next to regular oranges), they are a darker – pinky red, and very sweet.

Recipe for White Chicken Soup – good for a Malaise

  • You’ll need: A whole (free range) chicken, 1 or 2 fennel bulbs, 1 or 2 cans of cannelloni (white) beans (or cannelloni beans that have been soaked overnight and simmered until soft). Salt to taste.
  • 1. Pressure cook for 20 mins or simmer for 1 hour a whole chicken (add some bay leaves, pepper corns, and any vegetable peelings you might have – including the tough outside of the fennel if you like)
  • 2. Remove the chicken from the stock and leave to cool, and strain all the peelings, bay leaves, peppercorns from your stock. Scoop off (with a soup ladle) the layer of oil floating on the top.
  • 3. Chop your fennel bulbs into chunks (remove the coarse outside first), and place in the stock and add the beans too. Salt the stock to your taste.
  • 4. Remove all the meat from your chicken bones, and break it up into small pieces, add it back into the stock. Simmer for a further 15 minutes until the fennel is softened. Serve for dinner and have the leftovers for breakfast.

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1 tia August 8, 2012 at 10:16 am

I hope you all get to feeling better soon. Being ill is terrible. I will certainly try your recipe for chicken soup, it sounds delightfully mild. I just wanted to let you know that we are reading your book recommendation “the Apothecary” as a family as well. There are some heavy subjects to explain in it for sure! The kids are loving it and my husband and I are too. Thank you for the recommendation. Rest and recover soon.


2 kath_red August 9, 2012 at 8:28 pm

thanks so much – hope you enjoy the book and the soup.


3 Dace August 9, 2012 at 8:57 pm

am popping out to buy a chook right now 1


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