Heat a large stock pot over a medium low heat. Drizzle olive oil and brown the chicken all over. Remove chicken. Add onion, carrots, celery, garlic and ginger and cook until aromatic. Place chicken back in pot, adding thyme, parsley stalks and black pepper. Cover with water and add apple cider vinegar. Season with salt to taste.
Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 1 hour. Allow chicken to cool slightly in liquid. Carefully remove chicken and set aside. Once cool enough to handle, pick the chicken meat into small pieces.
Strain cooking liquor through a sieve lined with muslin, discarding solids.
Return soup to a clean pot adding the fresh carrot and celery. Cook for a further 8-10 minutes or until carrot is just cooked.
To serve, add chicken to bowls, pouring over soup and topping with chives, parsley and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
Recipe notes and tips:
You can add rice, pearl barley, egg noodles, potatoes, dumplings, matzo balls etc. to bulk out the soup.
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