A chicken soup recipe with vegetables - one of the best ways to make up your own, so.....
Take some chicken bones - preferably with a bit of meat still on there
Add odd bits of vegetables that you have around
Herbs and spices - a dash of salt or a stock cube
Pearl barley - lentils - other pulses add a bit of body
Let it stew slowly - a slow cooker (crockpot) is brilliant for this!
I peeled the tough outer skin off a broccoli stalk, diced a small potato and put them in my (very small) slow cooker (crock pot) with the bones off 2 chicken drumsticks and 2 chicken thighs. these were left over from a creamy chicken and broccoli meal that I'd made the day before.
A whole chicken carcass would be good for this - cooked or raw. Or if you don't have bones - any diced chicken meat - again cooked or raw.
Then I filled the pot with water and added a wee smattering of pearl barley and salt and pepper
Use a pan on a stove top if you don't have a slow cooker - but keep your eye on it to make sure it doesn't dry out and burn - top up with water as necessary
Once the lid was on I set it on 'low' and left it to cook overnight....
.......and this is what I had in the morning.
OK so it doesn't look too appetising at first glance - but with a bit of a stir and once ladled into a bowl - it looked and tasted delicious
I'm an adult - so I kept it kind've rustic and left the bones in as you can see in the picture at the top of the page. This is far more enjoyable to eat this way as you can pick up the bones in your fingers to eat the meat, but of course a bit messy, so have a serviette ready and warn others if you have used a whole carcass - those ribs have some weeny tiny bones
If however you are serving it up to children, be very careful to take every bone out so they don't get stuck in little throats
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