Hapless Jazzy Cooks: Homely Chicken Soup

Before you read any further you need to know a couple of things:

For starters I am not a great cook.

I can never remember how I cooked something, on the rare occasions that I get it right.

And finally, any meal attempted from the Hapless Jazzy Cook Book is at your own risk!

That said, this soup is seriously yummyilicious!

Some time ago I heard that chicken soup is really good for you, so I went on a google scavenge hunt to find me an easy recipe to use up that rare Sunday chicken carcass and provide a bowl of goodness to help banish those nasty germs.

Having experimented a couple of times I eventually came up with the following. I am publishing it here to save me wracking my brains every time I want to make it!

Homely Chicken Soup.

Take a chicken carcass and and squash it down. Place it with chicken legs, skin removed, in a large pot and cover with water. Don't put too much water in, squishing the carcass helps avoid that.


A chopped carrot
A chopped onion
1 tsp minced garlic
Sprinkling (approx 1 tsp) of parsley, coriander and some ground black peppercorns.

Bring to just under the boil, reduce heat and let it simmer (gently bubbling), uncovered for about 2 hours, or however long you want. I have no patience so 1 and a half hours is fine! So is 4 hours, if you're graced with the patience gene and all the time in the world.

Turn off heat and set pot aside to cool for about 30 minutes and then scrape slightly congealed foam off the top. I rarely find that there is much congealed foam or fat to be removed, or perhaps that's more due to my lack of patience!

Remove the carcass from the pot and drain the liquid into a bowl. Discard the vegetables and put the bones aside with the carcass.

Pick all the meat you can from the bones and carcass and set aside.

Put the drained liquid back into the pot and add some fresh vegetables.

Today's added vegetables were whatever I happened to have in the fridge:

  • 3 small carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 1 parsnip (I like a thick soup!)
  • Remainder of a packet of chopped carrots and turnips.

Also add:

  • 1 tsp garlic 
  • Parsley & coriander, as before
  • Tiny amount (tip of a teaspoon) of minced chili (if you like a little kick to your soup.)
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 chicken stock cube dissolved in about half pint of hot water.

At this point you can add the chicken pieces back to the pot if you like, but I usually set aside.

Once more bring the pot to just under the boil then reduce heat and simmer, partly covered, for about 45 minutes to an hour, until the vegetables are cooked.

To suit my family's preference I then pour the soup into a blender, setting aside the bay leaves, and puree it to a nice consistency.

Then I add the chicken pieces to the pot, warm it through and serve.

And there you go.



Note: If you have a secret ingredient or tip for a nice chicken soup please feel free to share!


  1. Could just do with a bowl of that... looks lovely! :)

  2. Mmmmmm! I can almost smell it cooking here~

  3. @BavarianSojourn: It i quite time consuming so I don't have the patience to make it too often! It is lovely though.

    @Shelly: Yes! That's another thing, there is such a delicious aroma in the air when it's cooking :-)

    Thanks for your comments :-)

    xx Jazzy

  4. Yum, sounds and looks extremely delicious. Will copy and paste and file away for winter! Living in hot humid conditions at the moment! Jazzy, what is the weather going to be like at the beginning of April? Boots and jeans or linen pants and open shoes?

  5. I'm not a great cook either. I love to bake though. That has to count for something, right? The soup you made looks amazing!!!

  6. @Bright Side of Life: Hot and humid conditions? Nah...*does not compute*! Weather in Ireland at beginning of April could support both wardrobes you mention....and all in the same day!! I'd go with with boots and jeans and live in hope by throwing in 1 pair of linen trousers and open shoes. Plenty of layers might be a good cover-all option!
    Hope the soup works out for you if you get to try it :-)

    @Lizbeth: That absolutely counts for something. I can't add baking to my skills either but I can bake a limited menu!

    Thanks for your comments :-)

    xx Jazzy

  7. Yum this looks lovely Jazzy - you just can't beat a home cooked chicken soup - so warming and comforting. Yummy. And I really think you should write a book entitled The Hapless Jazzy Cook Book - there's a real ring to that! :o). X.

  8. @Older Mum: Funny that, the thought did run through my head!! Think I'll stick with maybe doing a mini blog series?!

    Thanks for your comment :-)

    xx Jazzy


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