Tags: Baking, Broth, Campbell's Soup, Chicken, Chicken soup, Cooking, Cream of Chicken Soup, Food, Grilling, One of America's Favorites, Pasta, recipes, Rice, Vegetables
Chicken soup is a soup made from chicken, simmered in water, usually with various other ingredients. The classic chicken soup consists of a clear chicken broth, often with pieces of chicken or vegetables; common additions are pasta, dumplings, or grains such as rice and barley. Chicken soup has acquired the reputation of a folk remedy for colds and influenza, and in many countries is considered a comfort food.
Variations on the flavor are gained by adding root vegetables such as parsnip, potato, sweet potato and celery root, herbs such as parsley, dill, other vegetables such as zucchini, whole garlic cloves or tomatoes and black pepper. The soup should be brought slowly to a boil and then simmered in a covered pot on a very low flame for one to three hours, adding water if necessary. A clearer broth is achieved by skimming the drops of fat off the top of the soup as it is cooking, first bringing the chicken to boil from a pot of cold water and discarding the water before continuing, or straining it through a strainer or cheesecloth. Saffron or turmeric are sometimes added as a yellow colorant. Then, the chicken can be shredded by hand and stored in the refrigerator until ready for use in the soup.
Chicken soup can be a relatively low fat food: fat can be removed by chilling the soup after cooking and skimming the layer of congealed fat from the top. A study determined that “prolonged cooking of a bone in soup increases the calcium content of the soup when cooked at an acidic, but not at a neutral pH”.
Several terms are used when referring to chicken soups:
* Chicken stock is a liquid in which chicken bones and vegetables have been simmered for the purpose of serving as an ingredient in more complex dishes. Chicken stock is not usually served as is. Stock can be made with less palatable parts of the chicken, such as feet, necks or bones: the higher bone content in these parts contributes more gelatin to the liquid, making it a better base for sauces. Stock can be reboiled and reused as the basis for a new stock. Bouillon cubes or soup base are often used instead of chicken stock prepared from scratch.
* Chicken broth is the liquid part of chicken soup. Broth can be served as is, or used as stock, or served as soup with noodles. Broth can be milder than stock, does not need to be boiled as long, and can be made with meatier chicken parts.
* Chicken bouillon or bouillon de poulet is the French term for chicken broth.
* Chicken consommé is a more refined chicken broth. It is usually strained to perfect clarity, and reduced to concentrate it.
* Chicken stew is a more substantial dish with a higher ratio of solids to broth. The broth may also be thickened toward a gravy-like consistency with a roux or by adding flour-based dumplings (matzah balls do not have the same thickening effect).
* While any soup in which chicken has been simmered or with a chicken stock base is, strictly speaking, a chicken soup, chicken soup, unless qualified, implies that the soup is served as a thin broth, possibly with pieces of meat, vegetables, noodles, rice or dumplings.
* Cream of Chicken Soup is a thick, creamy soup made with chicken stock and pieces combined with milk and/or cream and flour which may or may not contain vegetable pieces, depending on the recipe.
Chicken soup has long been touted as a form of folk medicine to treat symptoms of the common cold and related conditions. In 2000, scientists at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha studied the effect of chicken soup on the inflammatory response in vitro. They found that some components of the chicken soup inhibit neutrophil migration, which may have an anti-inflammatory effect that could hypothetically lead to temporary ease from symptoms of illness. However, since these results have been obtained from purified cells (and directly applied), the diluted soup in vivo effect is debatable. The New York Times reviewed the University of Nebraska study, among others, in 2007 and concluded that “none of the research is conclusive, and it is not known whether the changes measured in the laboratory really have a meaningful effect on people with cold symptoms.”
It has also been shown that chicken soup contains the Amino acid cysteine, which is very similar to acetylcysteine, which is used by doctors for patients with bronchitis and other respiratory infections to help clear them.
Chicken noodle soup is also known as “Jewish penicillin”, either as ersatz penicillin, or as alternative to penicillin. In the United States and Canada, chicken soup often has noodles or rice in it, thus giving it its common name of “chicken noodle soup.” The term may have been coined in a commercial for the Campbell Soup Company in the 1930s. The original 21 varieties of Campbell’s condensed soup featured a “chicken soup with noodles”, but when it was advertised on the Amos ‘n’ Andy radio show in the 1930s by a slip of the tongue the soup was referred to as “chicken noodle soup”. Traditionally, American chicken soup was prepared using old hens too tough and stringy to be roasted or cooked for a short time. In modern times, these fowl are difficult to come by, and broiler chickens (young chickens suitable for roasting or broiling) are often used to make soup.
Canned chicken soup
Typically sold as a condensed soup, canned chicken soup such as Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup is notable for its high sodium content, 890 mg per 1/2 cup serving, giving a 1 1/2 cup bowl of soup about 2,500 mg, a full days allowance in the case of the mainstream brand, Campbell’s. Other condensed chicken soups such as Chicken with Rice or Chicken & Stars Soup produced by Campbell have similar amounts, as do generic versions of the product. Canned chicken soup with much less sodium than the traditional formulation is available, including many varieties produced by Campbell’s, some with at little as 100 mg of sodium. Campbell’s claims production of a chicken noodle soup that will find broad consumer acceptance, in short, that will sell, is very difficult.
Tags: Chicken, Chili, Cooking, Food, Pheasant, Prairie Harvest Green Chili Stew, recipes, Spices, Wild Idea Buffalo Stew Meat
When the weather starts to get cold, what tastes better or more satisfying than a bowl of homemade Chili! This is one I always like to share with everyone from the Wild Idea Buffalo website, PRAIRIE HARVEST GREEN CHILI STEW. You can find the recipe and purchase the Wild Idea Buffalo Stew Meat all at the Wild Idea Buffalo website! http://wildideabuffalo.com/
PRAIRIE HARVEST GREEN CHILI STEW
The flavors of the prairie enhanced with roasted green chilies of the Southwest make for a great pot of stew. Roasted chilies are one of the best smells on the planet, so when available, I like to roast my own in the fall. If you have access to fresh and would like to roast your own, increase your green chili weight to about 4.5 pounds, and about 1.5 pounds for the red peppers. Roast chilies and peppers over a hot grill until blistered. Place in paper bag and allow to cool. Remove skin, scrape insides clean, and follow recipe below. (Makes 8 hearty entree portions, as seconds will be requested.) http://wildideabuffalo.com/
2 – pounds Stew Meat
1 – pound pheasant, grouse or chicken breast, cut into cubes
2 – tablespoons butter
2 – tablespoons olive oil
1 – onion, diced
2 – tablespoons garlic, chopped
2 – tablespoons cumin
2 – tablespoons chili powder
2 – tablespoons coriander
1 – teaspoon cayenne
2 – teaspoons salt
1 – tablespoon black pepper
3 – pounds *Hatch frozen or canned, roasted & peeled green chilies, diced or flash processed
1 – 15.5 ounce jar roasted red bell peppers, diced or flash processed
2 – quarts organic chicken or vegetable stock
¼ – cup arrow root
or corn starch
½ – cup water
2 – 10 ounce cans Rotel diced tomatoes, with lime juice and cilantro
1/3 – cup cilantro chopped
garnish options – sour cream and additional cilantro
1) Rinse stew meat in colander and pat dry with a paper towel.
2) In heavy stew pot, over medium high heat, heat butter and oil.
3) Add buffalo, fowl, onions and seasonings, stirring occasionally until meat is browned & onions are tender.
4) Add roasted green chilies and peppers to stew pot and stir to incorporate.
5) Add stock and bring to a boil.
6) Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for half an hour or until meat is tender.
7) Uncover and continue to simmer for an additional half hour.
8) Mix arrowroot and water together. Increase heat and bring to a boil, slowly whisking in arrowroot mixture.
9) Stir in diced tomatoes and cilantro.
10) Ladle stew in bowls and garnish as desired. Serve with grilled cheese Quesadillas.
*Hatch Green Chilies, are the best, so if available choose those. If using canned or frozen Hatch chilies, I use about 2.5 pounds of the mild chilies and a half pound of the hot. This gives the stew just the right amount of spiciness for our palate, adjust to your own.
Our super-convenient pre-cut stew meat is cut from both the chuck and sirloin primal on our bison. Ready to use, full of flavor, healthy and incredibly easy to prepare! Great for soups, stews, or stroganoff.
Tags: Chicken, Cooking, Dinner, Food, Pasta, Perdue Perfect Portions Chicken Breasts, Ragu Sauce, recipes, Three Bridges Wild Mushroom Ravioli
Today’s Menu: Chicken and Wild Mushroom Ravioli
For Breakfast this morning I prepared a Poached Egg and served it on a toasted Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin. Also had the morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Rain came in overnight and is here for the rest of the day, its in the 50’s. Did some more cleaning today, cleaned the oven and stove. Then I had picked up some more furniture coasters the other day and put some underneath a table and the love seat. These coasters are so nice, especially if you are in a wheelchair. All the furniture can be moved with ease when you need to clean or to move furniture around. For Dinner tonight I prepared a new item, Three Bridges Wild Mushroom Ravioli. Tonight its Chicken and Wild Mushroom Ravioli.
For the Chicken I used Perdue Perfect Portions Skinless and Boneless Chicken Breasts. I had them in the freezer so I let them thaw overnight in the fridge. I love the Perdue Perfect Portions Chicken Breasts. Always taste fresh and nice size. To prepare; removed them from the package and seasoned them with Sea Salt and Litehouse Freeze Dried Poultry Herb Blend. Then I sprinkled them with a light dusting of Flour. Cooked them in a medium size skillet that was sprayed with Pam Cooking Spray and a tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Fried them on medium high heat for about 11 minutes, flipping it over 3 times. Removed from the heat and set aside.As the Chicken was cooking I sliced up some Mushrooms and Sauteed them in the skillet also. Removed from the heat and set aside. After they had cooled I sliced the Chicken Breasts up.
As the Chicken was finishing I prepared the Three Bridges Wild Mushroom Ravioli. First time preparing this and its very easy to prepare. Bring a large pot of water to a gentle boil. Add ravioli and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the pot from heat and strain the Ravioli.
Then tossed with 1 tablespoon of Light Olive Oil and a small jar of Ragu Homemade Style Sauce. To serve I made a bed of the Ravioli in a bowl and topped it with the sliced Chicken Breast, Sauteed Sliced Mushrooms, and a bit more of the remaining Sauce and a sprinkle of Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese. The Ravioli is very tender and a excellent Mushroom taste! The Chicken and sauce worked perfect with it. Another very good item I came across at Meijer. I’ve noticed more and more new items at Meijer lately, and that’s a good thing! For dessert later a bowl of Dole Sliced Peaches.
Three Bridges Wild Mushroom Ravioli
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Tags: Chicken, Cooking, Cozy Chicken Soup Recipes, Diabetes, Diabetic Living Online, Food, Grilling, Herbs, recipes, Soup, Spices, Vegetables
From the Diabetic Living Online website (http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/) its Cozy Chicken Soup Recipes. Soup recipes to warm up the Soul or a cold day! Delicious and Diabetic Friendly Chicken Soup recipes including; 5-Spice Chicken Noodle Soup, Ginger-Chicken Noodle Soup, and Chicken-Squash Noodle Soup. Find them all at the Diabetic Living Online website, Enjoy and Eat Healthy!
Lift your spirits and tantalize your taste buds with a hearty and healthy bowl of chicken soup, chunky stew, or gumbo. With this delightful and diverse collection of recipes, you’ll never think of chicken soup as boring again.
5-Spice Chicken Noodle Soup
This aromatic soup features a medley of Asian flavors, including five-spice powder that is available at most Asian markets. For a quick and easy one-pot meal, make the chicken ahead of time and refrigerate until use……
Ginger-Chicken Noodle Soup
Simply throw the ingredients into the slow cooker for a no-fuss meal that looks as vibrant as it tastes. If you’re watching your blood pressure, cut the salt content by using reduced-sodium chicken broth and soy sauce……
Chicken-Squash Noodle Soup
Featuring chunks of tender zucchini, this protein-packed soup also boasts carrots, celery, onion, and garlic for a cozy meal in a bowl……
* Click the link below to get all the Cozy Chicken Soup Recipes
Tags: Asian Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry, Chicken, Cooking, CooksRecipes, Diabetes, Diabetic Dish of the Week, Food, Noodles, recipes, Vegetables
This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is an Asian Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry. It’s an Oriental skillet combining chicken, broccoli florets, red peppers, onions, water chestnuts, ramen noodles, and baby corn. You’ll find various versions of this one online but this one is from the CooksRecipes website. You can check Cooks for any of your recipe needs. Excellent selecton of Diabetic Friendly Recipes. http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html
Asian Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry
Easy to make spicy and sweet Oriental skillet combining chicken, broccoli florets, red peppers, onions, water chestnuts and ramen noodles. A meal in one – just add fresh fruit for dessert.
1 (3-ounce) package any flavor ramen noodle soup mix
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil – divided use
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 cups broccoli florets
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/3 cup sliced green onions
1 (8-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained
1/2 cup baby corn (optional)
1 – For Sauce: Combine all ingredients; set aside.
2 – For Stir-Fry: Remove seasoning packet from ramen noodles and save for another use. Break noodles into pieces. Place in 1-quart microwave safe bowl; pour warm water over noodles. Microwave on HIGH, uncovered, 2 to 3 minutes, stirring twice, until noodles are tender; drain. Set aside.
3 – Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Cook and stir chicken 8 to 10 minutes, or until no longer pink. Remove chicken from skillet and keep warm.
4 – Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to skillet. Cook and stir broccoli 4 minutes. Add red pepper and onion; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes more. Add cooked chicken, water chestnuts and baby corn. Cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in cooked noodles and Sauce. Heat until all ingredients are heated through, stirring frequently.
Makes 6 servings.
*May substitute 3 packets Equal sweetener
Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): calories 221, protein 20 g, carbohydrate 17 g, fat 8 g, cholesterol 44 mg, sodium 641 mg.
Tags: 7-Ingredient Diabetic Dinner Recipes, Baking, Chicken, Cooing, Corn, Diabetes, Diabetic Living Online, Food, GREEN BEANS, Grilling, Pork, Quesadillas, recipes, Vegetables
From the Diabetic Living Online website its 7-Ingredient Diabetic Dinner Recipes. Diabetic Friendly and easy prepared meals using 7-Ingredients or less. Recipes that include; Grilled Chicken and Creamy Corn, Asian Pork Quesadillas, and Lemony Chicken and Green Beans. Find them all at the Diabetic Living Online website. http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/
Looking for a quick and easy dinner idea? Making healthy meals doesn’t have to take a lot of time, effort, or ingredients. With these simple recipes that use just seven ingredients or fewer, you can put together a diabetes-friendly meal fast.
Grilled Chicken and Creamy Corn
Grilling the chicken and corn in this easy dinner recipe results in robust, smoky flavor for just 15 grams of carb per serving. Though perfect for summer, the easy dish can be enjoyed year-round……
Asian Pork Quesadillas
Short on time and ingredients? Our low-carb pork quesadillas boast a short ingredients list and pack incredible flavor thanks to a combination of red onion and ground ginger. Plus, you can also whip together a zesty peanut sauce with just a few extra ingredients……
Lemony Chicken and Green Beans
This low-carb recipe proves that it’s still possible to indulge in fried chicken on a diabetic meal plan. Pair the meat with fresh green beans, then top the dish with capers and lemon slices to serve……
* Click the link below to see all the 7-Ingredient Diabetic Dinner Recipes
Tags: bacon, Baking, Chicken, Cooking, Diabetes, Diabetic Living Online, Food, Grilling, Pork, recipes, Vegetables
From the Diabetic Living Online website its Eat to Beat Diabetes: Home-Style Dinner Recipes. Comfort Food Dinners that are Diabetic Friendly with recipes like; Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Honey-Almond Green Beans, Slow-Cooked Ranch Chicken and Vegetables, and Chicken-Fried Steak. Find all these and more all on the Diabetic Living Online website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/
When you think of your favorite comfort foods, what comes to mind? Casseroles, pizza, chicken, meat loaf, and potatoes? You can eat all of these home-style foods and more even while managing a diabetes meal plan and maintaining a healthy weight.
Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Honey-Almond Green Beans
This dinner favorite will have you at bacon. Enjoy a 3-ounce serving of juicy tenderloin and a 1/2-cup of green beans for just 28 grams of carb. You won’t believe this quick and easy home-style recipe fits a diabetes meal plan……..
Slow-Cooked Ranch Chicken & Vegetables
This is a two-for-one diabetic slow cooker recipe. Combine all the ingredients and slow-cook to perfection. The first recipe is a flavorful chicken dinner served on a bed of spaghetti squash the whole family will rave about. The second recipe is a delicious casserole that uses the remaining shredded chicken and requires only three additional ingredients. Win and win….
Sometimes there’s nothing better than a home-style, diner-inspired meal. Homemade breading and gravy help you control the ingredients and the carbs – just 22 grams for one steak with gravy. Serve with a side of green beans and maybe even a slice of pie……
* Click the link below to get – Eat to Beat Diabetes: Home-Style Dinner Recipes
Tags: Baking, Chicken, Cooking, Dinner, Food, Gnocchi, Kraft Reduced Fat Parmesan Grated Cheese, Olive oil, Perdue Perfect Portions Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, recipes, Three Bridges Parmesan Gnocchi
Today’s Menu: Seasoned Chicken and Parmesan Gnocchi
For Breakfast this morning I toasted a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin, lightly buttered, and a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. We had a cold morning today, 31 degrees with ha cold breeze. Had a pretty good frost on the roof tops and low areas. After Breakfast I went to Meijer for a few items. Stopped and got gas on the way home, $1.80 a gallon. Haven’t seen that in a while! Back home ran the vacuum and outside gathered up some leaves around the deck and driveway. Then had to work on the vacuum , guess I’m going to have to take it to be repaired tomorrow. For Dinner tonight I’m trying a new product, Three Bridges Parmesan Gnocchi. Tonight I prepared Seasoned Chicken and Parmesan Gnocchi.
For the Chicken I’m using Perdue Perfect Portions Skinless and Boneless Chicken Breasts. I had them in the freezer so I let them thaw overnight in the fridge. I love the Perdue Perfect Portions Chicken Breasts. Always taste fresh and nice size. To prepare; removed them from the package and seasoned them with Sea Salt and Litehouse Freeze Dried Poultry Herb Blend. Then I sprinkled them with a light dusting of Flour. Cooked them in a medium skillet that was sprayed with Pam Cooking Spray and a tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Fried them on medium high heat for about 10 minutes, flipping it over 3 times. Removed from the heat and set aside.
As my Chicken was cooking I prepared the Three Bridges Parmesan Gnocchi. I came across this at Meijer the other day and looked good so I bought a package. Its Potato Gnocchi blended with aged Parmesan Cheese. It comes in a sealed plastic box already seasoned with the Parmesan Cheese.
To prepare I used a medium size pot, sprayed it with Pam Cooking Spray. Filled it half way with water and heated it on high till it started to boil and reduced the heat to gentle boil and added the Gnocchi. Cooking it for 3 minutes, stirring often. Removed it from the heat and drained the water. Put it in a large bowl and added a 1/2 tablespoon of Light Olive Oil and added a shake of Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese and tossed it in the bowl. A Pesto Sauce would be good but Pestos are high in calories and carbs so I stuck with Olive Oil and Parmesan Cheese.
To serve I made a bed of the Gnocchi in a bowl. Then took 1 of the Chicken Breasts and sliced it up and topped the Gnocchi with the Chicken. I really enjoyed this Dinner! The Three Bridges Parmesan Gnocchi was fantastic! Excellent flavor and the Chicken was perfect with it. As I had said I found the Three Bridges Parmesan Gnocchi at Meijer, I’ll be buying more of this. I also baked a loaf of Pillsbury French Bread. For Dessert later a Weight Watchers Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bar.
Three Bridges Parmesan Gnocchi
Tender pillows of potato gnocchi blended with aged parmesan cheese. By Pasta Prima. Inspired foods. 100% natural. Minimally processed, no artificial ingredients. No artificial flavors, colors and no preservatives. We care. http://www.threebridges.com. We do our part to care for the Earth through the purchase and on-site generation of certified renewable energy. Please visit http://www.threebridges.com for more information. Made in the USA.
Serving Size 1 cup
Servings Per Container about 3
Amount Per Serving
Calories From Fat 60 Calories 240
% Daily Value
11%Total Fat 7.0 g
18% Saturated Fat 3.5 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
35%Cholesterol 105 mg
28%Sodium 680 mg
10%Total Carbohydrate 31 g
8% Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugars 1 g
Protein 24% 12 g
Tags: Baking, Chicken, Cooking, Cooking Tips, Food, Grilling, Kitchen Hints, Pancake Batter, recipes
For a different crust use leftover pancake batter to coat chicken for frying.
Tags: Chicken, Cooking, Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, Food, recipes, Rice, Soup, Soup Special of the Day, Spices
This week’s Soup Special of the Day is a Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup. Perfect Soup for these Fall Days, Enjoy!
Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
4 cups Swanson Low Sodium Chicken Broth
2 cups Water
2 cooked, Pedue Perfect Portions Boneless Chicken Breast halves, shredded
1 (4.5 ounce) package quick cooking Long Grain and Wild Rice with seasoning packet
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Ground Cumin
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper (optional)
3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Blue Bonnet Light Butter
2 cups Heavy Cream
1 – In a large pot over medium heat, combine broth, water and chicken. Bring just to boiling, then stir in rice, reserving seasoning packet. Cover and remove from heat.
2 – In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, cumin, cayenne pepper and flour. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in contents of seasoning packet until mixture is bubbly. Reduce heat to low, then stir in flour mixture by tablespoons, to form a roux. Whisk in cream, a little at a time, until fully incorporated and smooth. Cook until thickened, 5 minutes.
3 – Stir cream mixture into broth and rice. Cook over medium heat until heated through, 10 to 15 minutes.