How to Make Homemade Chicken Soup

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Homemade chicken soup is a really easy dish to make, providing you've got access to all of the right tools. Make homemade chicken soup with help from a culinary professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Nancy Mehagian and I'm here in my kitchen in Los Angeles, California. You might know me from a couple of the books I've written, one is Culinary Memoir called Siren's Feast. So, today, we're going to do some cooking. It should be fun and I hope you enjoy it. Today, I'm making an Armenian chicken soup and I started with homemade chicken broth, which is really easy to do. You buy a whole chicken, you put it in the pot with eight cups of water, a little salt and a little garlic powder. And it takes about 45 minutes to boil, and that leaves you with a homemade chicken stock. Now, if you don't want to start with a whole chicken, you can always get chicken broth. Make sure you you get a natural one that doesn't have a lot of sodium in it. So, the way we begin is six cups of chicken broth, you bring to a boil. After that you add one whole chopped onion. Let me get one of my spoons here and next we add three stalks of celery that have been diced. And next, this is two carrots, also diced in little small pieces. And this cooks for about ten minutes until all the vegetables are more tender. I'm going to turn the heat up here. We add a half a cup of long grain white rice. And for that to cook, once it comes to a boil, I lower the heat, I put the lid on, in 20 minutes that rice is cooked and then we add the other ingredients, which will be one cup of chicken breast, that's without the skin. When I cook the whole chicken, I mostly use the breast for my soup and then I give the rest of the chicken to my dogs. So, the rice is now cooked and I'm going to add this one cup of chopped chicken breast. And the next ingredient that makes the soup really delicious is egg and lemon. So, we take two eggs and those eggs get beaten. We add juice of two lemons. Now, to finish off the soup, we're going to add about a teaspoon of salt and remember, if you did use a commercial chicken broth, you've got to taste it for the salt because you don't really know how much salt there is. Once I add the final ingredient which is egg and lemon, it turns the soup to this beautiful creamy color of white. So, I'm not using black pepper, I'm going to use a little white pepper and just a small amount, about a quarter teaspoon. This is when the magic happens. We're going to take a little bit of the hot soup and mix it in with my egg and lemon here. And that way, when you add this to the chicken soup, it won't turn into egg drop soup. Okay. That was juice of two lemons and beaten eggs. And now, the soup is done. That was easy, wasn't it? And this is the finished product and this is how you make homemade chicken soup, with a little twist of lemon.

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