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Chicken Soup

A delicious multi-textural chicken soup packed with chicken, vegetables and couscous.
Course Soup
Cuisine Western
Keyword Chicken Soup, Chicken soup for babies, Chicken soup for kids, Chicken soup for toddlers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 228kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Celery Stalks, finely chopped
  • 2 Carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 Garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp Turmeric, ground
  • 1 tbsp Ginger, minced
  • (1.5 litres) 6 cups Homemade / Low Sodium Chicken Stock
  • pinch Rosemary, dried
  • pinch Thyme, dried
  • 450g/1lb(2 small) Chicken Breasts
  • 85g/ ½ cup Pearl Couscous
  • 75g / ½ cup Frozen Peas

Instructions

  • Place a large dutch oven or pot over medium heat and add oil. Add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic and slowly saute, adjusting heat to keep them from browning, until soft and translucent, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the ground turmeric and minced ginger, saute for around 30 seconds to let the spices cook.
  • Add the chicken stock, chicken breast, rosemary and thyme. Wait, without increasing the heat, until the stock comes to a low simmer. Don't be tempted to increase the heat at this point, to speed up the simmer as doing this can make the chicken tough.
  • When the soup reaches a simmer, add the couscous. Cook for 20 mins, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a cutting board to shred with two forks
  • Add chicken back to the pot then stir in the peas. If you find that you don’t have enough broth you can add in another cup.

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Notes

  • STOCK: If cooking for a baby, make sure to use low sodium or homemade chicken stock
  • CHICKEN: You can replace with thigh meat if preferred.  To check for doneness, an internal thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken should read 75 degrees Celsius /165 degrees Fahrenheit, and the juices will run clear when you pierce the chicken with a knife.
  • HERBS: You can replace with fresh herbs if preferred. Replace with a spring of each.
  • PEARL COUSCOUS: You can replace with pasta, quinoa or rice. 
Nutritional information is a ROUGH guide only, calculated using an online nutrition calculator. 

Nutrition

Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 177mg | Potassium: 642mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3522IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg