Feeling a little down? Chicken soup. Have a cold coming on? Chicken soup. Need some comfort food? Chicken soup. Just want something light? Chicken soup. It’s so versatile, right? Meets your (almost) every need. It’s also something I rarely make.
The chicken soup I grew up on had carrots, celery, and onions, sometimes rice, and good chunks of chicken. The stock did not stand out in my memory, but of course it was there, supporting the ingredients floating in it. I always liked chicken soup, but never gave it much thought.
I had dog-eared a ginger chicken broth recipe in Bon Appetit a couple of months ago, then forgot about it until a friend mentioned he had made it and it was excellent. Determined to give it a try, I gathered up the simple ingredients: onions, celery, carrots, lots of ginger, a small chicken. It simmered happily on the stove and smelled wonderful. When I tried it, it tasted healthy and pleasant and full of all things wholesome.
The recipe says to shred the chicken, place in bowls, then pour the broth over top. This was good, but a little plain for my taste. The next time around I added soba noodles and garnished with sliced scallions, which gave it a nice Asian twist. You know what else would be great? Toasted sesame seeds and a drizzle of toasted sesame oil.