Chicken & Broccoli & Cauliflower Soup
Chicken & Broccoli & Cauliflower Soup:
How to Make homemade – Chicken & Broccoli & Cauliflower Soup
It is a pleasure to share this recipe of a nutritious healthy soup that is full of flavour as well as goodness.
A perfect combination of ingredients ensures a spectacular mouth-watering taste that gives this soup a wow factor. Of course (if there is any left!!!) you can freeze it.
8 – 10 portions
lunch OR dinner
- 1 whole chicken
- large onion x 1
- Broccoli – 1 large breakfast bowl
- Cauliflower – 1 large breakfast bowl
- Carrots – ½ breakfast bowl
- 25g butter
- 1 vegetable stock cube
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- cumin – 1 tsp
- ginger – 1 tsp
- Salt & pepper
- mixed herbs – 2 tsp
Chicken & Broccoli & Cauliflower Soup -Method – Instructions
In a large saucepan, boil half a pot of water.
Carefully place the whole chicken upside down into the hot water. However, if you don’t have a big enough pot then you can break off the legs and wings and cook separately.
The water needs to fully cover all the chicken.
And check your water level every now and then as you may need to top it up so you know the chicken is covered with water to ensure all the chicken is cooked properly.
Put the lid on the pot.
Bring to the boil and then let simmer for about 1 ½ hours.
In the meantime while your chicken is cooking prepare everything else for your Soup
Peel and dice the onion.
Cut up broccoli, cauliflower and carrots.
You can dice the carrots, or cut circle or half moons. Or you can mix different cuts. It is up to you. For this video I used half moons.
Once the chicken is cooked
When the chicken is cooked, you can take it out the pot.
I use two big spoons with holes in and I pick up the whole chicken with the spoons, hold it above the pot for a few seconds to let the juice drain.
Carefull, bring the chicken over to a plate and place it down gently and let it cool a little for 15 to 20 minutes.
Drain the chicken juice or stock through a sieve into a large bowl to get rid of any unwanted bits.
Next part of making your tasty homemade chicken & broccoli & cauliflower soup
Wash the saucepan up that you cooked the chicken in.
Into your clean pot, place the butter and melt it on a low heat.
Add the onions to the melted butter and add celery if you wanted to at this point but you don’t need to add celery.
Put a lid on and let the onions sweat for 5 minutes.
Now add the broccoli, cauliflower and carrots to the pot.
Then you need to add your chicken stock.
I personally managed to get 1 ½ litres of chicken stock. You can always add water. It just depends on the size of you pot.
Once the chicken has cooled a little, take the skin off the chicken and take all the good pieces of chicken and put to one side in a bowl or on a plate.
There is lots of good chicken meat at the back of the chicken as well as the legs, wings and breast.
This can be done with a fork, however if you are using your hands, do make sure the chicken is cooled down first.
Add your chicken pieces once the vegetables have been brought to the boil.
To your soup, add 1 stock cube, a vegetable or chicken stock cube is fine.
Although it is still full of flavour if you don’t add a stock cube, so totally optional.
Season the soup with cayenne pepper, cumin, ginger, mixed herbs salt and pepper.
Put the lid on and cook on a medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes.
If you need to top it up with more water you can.
To Make Chicken Stock for Future Use
For to make chicken stock for any future cooking, then either boil up the bones and carcass in water for an hour or so or you can put the bones and carcass in a slow cooker, top up with water and leave over night.
Drain the juice through a seive and discard the unwanted bones and other pieces.
This chicken stock can then be put into little tubs or ice-cube trays and frozen once cooled.
Homemade chicken stock can be used for soup, stews or making homemade gravy and other sauces.
Would You Liquidise Your Chicken & Broccoli & Cauliflower Soup?
The chicken & broccoli & cauliflower soup can be liquidised or left as it is.
I personally love to partially liquidise my chicken & broccoli & cauliflower soup, so it still has a few small lumps in and not completely smooth.
But there is no right or wrong way, it is down to your personal preference of how you like it.
Once your chicken & broccoli & cauliflower soup is ready, garnish with some fresh parsley if you want.
Serve and enjoy
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