Leftover Chicken Soup

We had roast chicken.

And then we had leftovers.

What I usually do is chop up the cooked chicken and use it later (cooked chicken freezes really well) in a Caesar salad, a tortilla or what not. On Thursday, however, when I got home and took the chicken out of the fridge, it was raining. And cold. And it had been raining and cold all day. And all I wanted was a nice, soul-filling chicken soup.

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It was the easiest thing ever, and I even elevated it by making a little pie dough bowl! Which I had, ready to use, in the fridge. You can also make your own pie dough, but I haven’t shared the recipe. Yet.

So I used store-bought pie dough, which worked out fine. Just cut some pieces of dough with a pair of scissors and stick them back together in an oven-proof bowl that will hold it in shape.

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Cover it with aluminium foil.

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Weigh the aluminium down with whatever you want. I used pebbles, collected in Valencia and about to be used for quite a few artistic projects (such as my Mini Otter Zen Gardens!)

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Cook for about 30mins at 200C. Check to see if it’s ready by touching it lightly with a fork. As soon as it starts to become hard, uncover it and let it cook five minutes more to get some colour.

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Done!

Now, for the soup. Which you can make while the bowl is a-bakin’.

Chop the leftover chicken and scoop up the jellied juices that will be on the bottom of the container you stored it in.

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Now, make a roux. This means:

  • melt some butter over a low fire
  • add a spoonful or two of flour
  • constantly stirring or it’ll burn

The method does not give much time or chance to take photos, so the following photo is what it is

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Now, add a glass of hot water and stir stir stir! Next, slowly add the jellied juices and a homemade bouillon cube. As soon as these melt, add some more water. How much? As much as the soup you want to then eat. Let it boil over a medium-low fire.

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Add the chicken

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Then the corn

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and the leftover potatoes (yes, it sounds incredible but we had leftover potatoes!)

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Scoop in some dijon mustard, pepper and fresh rosemary

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Here it is, all the flavours mixing and blending (yum!)

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Put some grated/diced cheese (gouda will do) on the bottom of the pie dough bowl and let it melt in the warm oven

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and finally, finally! put the thick, amazing, perfect soup in the pie dough bowl

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Are you ready for this?

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