The cold and flu season is upon us. Some of us may leave work early because we are not feeling well or may leave early to pick up a sick child from school. Either way, on top of lots of rest and orange juice, chicken soup is a well known contributing remedy. I remember as a stuffy-nosed child anxiously waiting for the chicken soup to be finished. Sometimes in crunch my mother would open up that classic red and white can of soup chicken soup. Either way I recovered, but I always enjoyed her soup so much more. Her soup has little extras that you just won’t get from a can. Her version wasn’t just something I ate because I had to in order to get well. No, it was tasty, warm, and felt like a hug. Even as an adult, if as there is slightest sign of cold and my mom is around, I seize the moment to have her make her chicken soup. Since I have a love affair with my pressure cooker, I have adapted her chicken soup format for the pressure cooker. However you can make it the traditional way in a regular pot for hours on the stove. The pressure cooker however will reduce the cooking time by 70 percent. A few things in this recipe definitely are not traditional, but they make for a yummilicious experience.
1 Chicken Leg quarter, skinless (aka 1 leg & 1 thigh)
Salt & Pepper
2 Stalks of Celery-preferably finely diced
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 cup carrots, diced
1 small onion, diced
7 cups of water
2 cups of cooked rice
1-2 tbsp. Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
1. Add all the ingredients except the red pepper flakes and rice to the pressure cooker and place lid on the pressure cooker
2. Cook for 25 minutes after the pressure cooker begins to whistle.
3. Shred the chicken off of the bone using a fork and remove the bones
4. Add red pepper flakes (optional)
5. To serve add about 1/3 cup of cooked rice per bowl and then ladle soup on top.
***The same steps can be followed to make the soup in a standard pot, but add an additional 1 ½ cups of water and boil on medium-high heat for about 90 minutes.
FYI: The entire pot of soup only uses about $2.00 worth of ingredients, that breaks down to only about 33 cents per serving. Talk about a money saver!!!!
Happy Health and Happy savings!!!