Yesterday I was not feeling well. I was yearning for my mother and some of her homemade chicken soup.
Of course I didn’t feel like doing anything but napping on sofa while Netflix droned on the 7th ridiculous season of Gray’s Anatomy – fortunately I couldn’t hear It over Rebel’s snoring beside me on the sofa. (This series started off with promise but collapsed into an embarrassing almost laughable soap opera.. I watch it for chuckles.)
In desperation, I dumped two frozen solid chicken breasts (right out of the Tyson Bag) into my smallest crock pot – the little one I usually make dips in for tailgates. Acting purely on instinct I added about 1-1/2 cups water, I large clove garlic chopped and about half an onion. (I was completely winging this you understand.)
I threw in a bay leaf, some cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper and fresh parsley and whatever chives were barely breathing in garden. I set pot on high and took a long nap. in three hours i had a lovely stock and falling off bone chicken which I chopped roughly back into the stock.
Inspiration was charged from this fascinating discovery. I was on a rolle so I chopped the chicken and added a can of Great Value Fire Roasted Tomatoes (these have replaced Rotel in my book). For more uniform color I dumped in a few spoons of Ragu jarred spaghetti sauce and a little Half & Half which was lurking around the fridge.
Opening the tomatoes was the hardest part of the whole process!
By now i was really getting hungry and impatient after that hard nap and all. I ladled up a cup of the steaming brew, adding a handful of mozzarella, some grated Parm and dash of Tabasco Oh my gosh. Dare I say it was better than my Mother’s?
It was a cup of sheer love and an instant relief from flu-like symptoms. It was low carb to boot. I had a second cup and felt even better.
Note to myself:- Next time add some chopped carrots,maybe celery. This was so much better than anything that comes from a can. I’m probably the last woman on earth to discover chicken broth from the crockpot but i will never buy canned chicken broth again.