Winter Chicken Soup

10 mins Prep
60 mins Cook
4 Serves

For the broth

  • 1.5kg Lilydale Free Range Whole Chicken
  • 5cm piece ginger, roughly chopped
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 1 bunch parsley stalks, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper corns
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 brown onions, quartered
  • 3 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 1 head garlic, halved

To finish

  • 2 tablespoons chives, finely sliced, to garnish
  • 1 celery stick, thinly sliced on angle
  • 1 carrot, peeled, thinly sliced on angle
  • Extra virgin olive oil, to garnish
  • ¼ cup parsley leaves, to garnish
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Strain cooking liquor through a sieve lined with muslin, discarding solids.
  4. 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.
  5. To serve, add chicken to bowls, pouring over soup and topping with chives, parsley and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
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