For a Chilly Evening

The last few nights have been very chilly around here.  And what makes a chilly evening warm and cozy?

Well, according to Bitsy Girl a blanket (or a “bacon”, as she calls it).  Honestly, both make a chilly evening more pleasant.

But I digress.  I was thinking more along the lines of chicken soup.  🙂

Chicken Soup

1 chicken carcass, preferably already roasted and meat cut off

3 quarts of cold water

8 cloves of garlic, chopped

4 carrots, peeled and chopped

3 ribs of celery, chopped

4-5 peppercorns

1 bay leaf

shredded chicken (however much you like in your soup)

about 2 cups of cooked rice

 

Combine all but the last two ingredients in a large pot and bring to a simmer.  Cook for 90 minutes.  Carefully remove the chicken carcass and place it on a plate to cool.  Make sure you remove all the bones, but feel free to leave the veggies and herbs in the pot.  Put the pot of now chicken broth in the fridge.

Once the carcass has cooled, remove any remaining meat with your fingers.  Discard the bones, skin, and other not-so-tasty bits.

When the chicken broth has cooled, the fat will form a solid layer on the top of the liquid.  Remove this solid mass of fat.

Because it is gross.

Finally, combine the chicken broth, the meat from the chicken carcass, plus any extra if desired, and the rice.  Heat over medium heat until all ingredients are good and hot.

Enjoy on the couch under a blanket.  Or some bacon. 😉

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