April 09, 2010

My Grandma Chicken Soup

I have cooked and eaten this soup since my childhood. At first my grandma cooked it for us with home grown chickens. The taste of these chicken cannot be compared to the chicken we buy from the grocery stores, or even to the most expensive super organic versions one can find on the market. Nowadays, when I go back to Bulgaria, my mom cooks this soup for me and it still tastes amazing, the same as the one from my childhood memories.

Here is my version:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 3 carrots, cut in small pieces, or shredded
  • 1 cup, shredded celery head
  • 1-2 potatoes cut in small pieces, or shredded
  • 2 cubes chicken broth. Home-made chicken broth would be the best.
  • 2-3 tbs olive oil
  • salt, black pepper, cumin to taste
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1-2 eggs
  • 1 tbs vinegar
  • 1/2 cup parsley


Cover the chicken with water and boil it. Use a large spoon to remove residue floating on surface. This residue  will occur at first boil and decrease after you skim it for the first 15 minutes.   If you are bored to do this, just strain the broth to get a clean liquid.

Add the broth, salt, black pepper, cumin, a little bit olive oil. When it comes to boil add the celery and the carrots. You can change the quantity depending on your pot size and how thick you like the soup.

After the carrots get softer, add the potatoes. Take out the meat and cut it into bites.
Add the meat back to the soup, and add the rice.
When the rice and the potatoes are done turn off the heat and wait for the soup to cool off a little bit, for max 1/2 hour.
Meanwhile whisk the eggs with the vinegar. Slowly add soup liquid to the eggs mix and whisk. If you do this fast the soup will loose its smooth texture.
At the and add the parsley. You can add some fresh black pepper before serving.

Good appetite!


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