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Chicken soup for a cold

Growing up, my mom would make a big batch of chicken soup with random vegetables, potatoes, and chicken. It wasn't fancy but it warmed me from inside out.
I crave this soup whenever I get sick.  So when a cold got the better of my boyfriend I knew I had to give him some kitchen therapy in the form of this homey soup.
There's no hard and fast recipe and the measurements can be tweaked with whatever you have on hand.
Simple Chicken Soup
- 4 quarts water or chicken stock
- 1 large onion, quartered
- 2 large carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 daikon, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 3 stalks celery, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 finger ginger, cut into 1 inch pieces
- salt, pepper, sugar to taste
- 2 really big potatoes (russet, Yukon gold or red will all work fine)
- 1 pound chicken (I prefer all dark meat), cut into 2 inch pieces
Garnish: parsley, fresh black pepper
1. Combine first 6 ingredients (water/stock, onion, carrot, daikon, celery, ginger) in a large stock pot and bring to a rapid boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium high. Boil until onions are translucent.
2. Add salt, pepper and sugar to taste. The broth should taste like vegetables (light and fresh)
3. (optional) Discard spent vegetables (onions & celery)
4. Add potatoes. Bring back to a boil and cook until potatoes are soft all the way through.
5. Add chicken and simmer for 10 minutes on medium heat.
6. Garnish with parsley and black pepper and serve.


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