Pho Style Chicken Stock

Do you love Vietnamese pho as much as I do? Sometimes I feel I cannot get enough of it. If you have never tried pho, please go out and try it, or better yet try making your own. The broth is unique in the sense that I know you will fall in love with it. It has notes of cinnamon, star anise, and roasted onions and ginger that it has you slurping up those noodles, beef, and bean sprouts like you were some sort of soup ninja. As pho is typically done with beef, there is also a chicken pho that is just as great. So recently I decided to make a big batch of pho style chicken stock to be used in some of my braises, and a base for ramen throughout the week. This stock is so good that you can simply reheat any day during the week, and drink it from a cup.

Pho Style Chicken Stock

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole onions
  • 3 inch piece of ginger
  • 2 lb chicken thighs
  • 1.5 lb chicken drumsticks
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 4 quarts of water, to cover
  • 4 tbsp fish sauce
  • 4 whole star anise
  • 1/2 stick cinnamon
  • 1 cup of sake, optional
  • 2 tbsp sugar

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Add the onions and ginger to a baking sheet, and place into the oven until they are nice and charred. You can do this on your grill as well if you desire. Once charred, add them to the stock pot, along with the chicken pieces, salt, fish sauce, star anise, cinnamon, sake, and sugar.

How to make chicken pho stock

Bring the stock to a boil, then reduce the heat. You will notice a bunch of chicken scum come to the top during the simmer. No fear. You want to remove all of this. Use a skimmer to remove the scum, and discard. If you do not have a skimmer, use a large spoon. Continue to remove the scum as it appears.

I cooked my stock for about 6 hours, because, hey, why not? Once thoroughly cooked, strain using a chinois, or another type of strainer over a large pot. I use the chinois, and press the mixture until all of the stock is strained. Let the stock cool, the cover and refrigerate.

When you are ready to use, add the stock (it will be thickened from all of that great chicken fat) to your pot to reheat, letting it come to a boil.

This pho style chicken stock is just loaded with awesome flavor, and again is something you can use for a couple of weeks, whether that be with a noodle soup, a braise, or as part of a slow cooker recipe. Hope you enjoy!

Pho Style Chicken Stock
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Vietnamese
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Serves: 3 quarts
 
Ingredients
  • 2 whole onions
  • 3 inch piece of ginger
  • 2 lb chicken thighs
  • 1.5 lb chicken drumsticks
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 4 quarts of water, to cover
  • 4 tbsp fish sauce
  • 4 whole star anise
  • ½ stick cinnamon
  • 1 cup of sake, optional
  • 2 tbsp sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Add the onions and ginger to a baking sheet, and place into the oven until they are nice and charred. You can do this on your grill as well if you desire. Once charred, add them to the stock pot, along with the chicken pieces, salt, fish sauce, star anise, cinnamon, sake, and sugar.
  2. Bring the stock to a boil, then reduce the heat. You will notice a bunch of chicken scum come to the top during the simmer. No fear. You want to remove all of this. Use a skimmer to remove the scum, and discard. If you do not have a skimmer, use a large spoon. Continue to remove the scum as it appears.
  3. I cooked my stock for about 6 hours, because, hey, why not? Once thoroughly cooked, strain using a chinois, or another type of strainer over a large pot. I use the chinois, and press the mixture until all of the stock is strained. Let the stock cool, the cover and refrigerate.
  4. When you are ready to use, add the stock (it will be thickened from all of that great chicken fat) to your pot to reheat, letting it come to a boil.

 

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Cajun Style Split Pea Soup

Nearly once a year I always make split pea soup. I’m probably the biggest fan of it in my household, and I’m fine with that. There is something special about this soup, and it may come from the smokiness of the ham, but ultimately it is not only satisfying as it is truly comforting. So this past Christmas, my mother-in-law offered me the ham bone as she typically always does, and I never decline. I’m a fan of the ham bone as well, and I know exactly what I am going to do with that ham bone every year, and that is to make a split pea soup! This time around however, I decided to change things up a bit, and add a few additional items to the soup and turn it into a Cajun style split pea soup. I’m glad I did, because this just elevated the wonderful flavors.

Cajun Style Split Pea Soup

Lets get started.

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups of chicken stock
  • 4 whole carrots, roughly chopped
  • 4 ribs of celery, roughly chopped
  • 3 whole onions, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 ham bone, with ham to spare
  • 1/2 pound of split peas, washed and reviewed
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 whole links of Andouille sausage, sliced into chunks
  • salt, to taste
  • cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 6 whole shrimp, deveined, peeled

Start by adding your stock and hambone to a soup pot. Make sure you are able to have enough stock to submerge the ham bone, if not, add some water. Toss in 2 carrots, 2 ribs of celery, and two onions. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 4 hours. I actually started mine in the evening and just let it cook down overnight.

After the four hours, or overnight cook, remove the ham bone and any of the large pieces of ham that might have fallen off, and set to the side. Strain the rest, reserving all of the stock. I mash every little bit ensuring that I get all of those flavors into the stock. I love this part because it allows me to use my chinois strainer!

How to make Cajun style split pea soup

Next, lets get the soup started.

Clean your soup pot, then return it back to the stove. On medium heat, add the stock back to the pot, and add in your split peas, the remaining carrots, celery, and onion. Season with a bit of salt, and cracked black pepper. Once it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and continue to cook.

To a skillet, add the oil, and bring to a medium heat. Toss in the garlic and Andouille sausage. Cook the sausage until it gets some nice color on it.

Shred any remaining ham, and add that to the stock mixture. Add in the bell peppers to the stock as well.

Once the sausage is cooked, add the garlic and sausage mixture to the stock. Give a good stir, and continue to cook.

Cook for about 1 hour, then taste your peas. You want them tender, but not mushy.

Cajun Style Split Pea Soup

Once the peas are tender, add in the cleaned shrimp and cook until they are just opaque.

Now you are ready to serve!

Get out your bowls and ladle in the Cajun style split pea soup, making sure you get a bit of everything.

The end result is awesome. It’s everything you love about a split pea and ham soup, but you get the great additions of sausage, shrimp, and a bit of heat. I’m hoping my mother-in-law keeps on the tradition of providing me that ham bone because I know this is going to be my go to split pea soup from here on out! I hope you enjoy!

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Green Enchilada Soup

Are you a fan of enchiladas? I know I am, and whether they be red enchiladas (enchilada rojas), or green enchiladas (enchilada verdes), they are just down right comforting. Typically enchiladas are made by lightly cooking corn tortillas in some oil, then stuffed with chicken, some cheese, and smothered in enchilada sauce, only to be baked until everything is bubbly and cooked through. With that said, I really wanted some enchiladas this past weekend, but did not want to go through the fuss of the oil, folding, etc, and that’s when I decided to turn that whole idea into a soup. Yep, a green enchilada soup. My wife’s favorite soup is probably my chicken tortilla soup, and so I knew she would fall in love with this one.

Green Enchilada Soup

I’ll admit, it is not the prettiest of soups to be serving, but TRUST ME, this soup is awesome. It’s balanced by sweet heat, with tender chicken and crispy tortilla chips, trust me, you will be wanting a second bowl.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz can of diced green chilies
  • 19 oz can of green enchilada sauce
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp salt, to taste
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup masa harina
  • 1 cup of velveeta cheese, cubed
  • shredded monteray jack cheese
  • Crumbled tortilla chips

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Heat an oven ready,  large skillet on medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the canola oil and swirl it around in the pan. Season the chicken breasts with the cumin, chili powder, and salt.

Add the chicken to the skillet, and brown on both sides.

Once browned, place the skillet in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Carefully remove the skillet from the oven, and let the chicken cool. Once cooled, cut into bite-sized cubes.

How to make green enchilada soup

To another skillet, heat the additional canola oil on medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the onions begin to sweat.

To a medium to large pot, add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add the cooked chicken, the onions, garlic, enchilada sauce, and green chilies.

To a bowl, add the masa harina and 1 cup of stock. Stir to combine the masa and then pour it into the soup. Give a good stir, then add in the Velveeta. Stir, and reduce the heat, cooking for about 20 minutes.

When you are ready to serve, ladle the soup into a bowl and top with crushed tortilla chips and shredded monteray jack cheese.

The end result is everything you would expect in a traditional enchilada verdes, but in soup form, and I hate to say it, but the soup form is pretty darn delicious! Hope you enjoy!

Green Enchilada Soup
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 4 oz can of diced green chilies
  • 19 oz can of green enchilada sauce
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ tbsp cumin powder
  • ½ tbsp chili powder
  • ½ tbsp salt, to taste
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup of velveeta cheese, cubed
  • shredded monteray jack cheese
  • Crumbled tortilla chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degress.
  2. Heat an oven ready, large skillet on medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the canola oil and swirl it around in the pan. Season the chicken breasts with the cumin, chili powder, and salt.
  3. Add the chicken to the skillet, and brown on both sides.
  4. Once browned, place the skillet in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Carefully remove the skillet from the oven, and let the chicken cool. Once cooled, cut into bite-sized cubes.
  5. To another skillet, heat the additional canola oil on medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the onions begin to sweat.
  6. To a medium to large pot, add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add the cooked chicken, the onions, garlic, enchilada sauce, and green chilies.
  7. To a bowl, add the masa harina and 1 cup of stock. Stir to combine the masa and then pour it into the soup. Give a good stir, then add in the Velveeta. Stir, and reduce the heat, cooking for about 20 minutes.
  8. When you are ready to serve, ladle the soup into a bowl and top with crushed tortilla chips and shredded monteray jack cheese.
  9. The end result is everything you would expect in a traditional enchilada verdes, but in soup form, and I hate to say it, but the soup form is pretty darn delicious! Hope you enjoy!

 

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Chicken Pot Pie Soup

My wife came home from work the other day, and I always pose the question, ‘what did you eat for lunch today?’. Often times she brings in my leftovers from the previous day, however I know that she is not one that favors the whole idea of leftovers, unlike myself who can manage to eat leftovers the following day for lunch, and heck for dinner for that matter, and repeat.  When she had mentioned she had chicken pot pie soup, I was a bit intrigued. For one, I have never thought of combining those ingredients into a soup, but I sure do love chicken pot pie, and turkey pot pie for that matter.  Chicken pot pie just screams comfort food to me, and as she said her cafeteria’s version was really horrible, I decided to up the ante and give her my take on chicken pot pie soup. Trust me, she loved it, and so did I.

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 whole leek, thinly sliced, washed
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 3 ribs of celery, diced
  • 1 whole onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 ear of corn
  • 3 medium sized yukon gold potatoes, diced
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 1 pint half and half
  • 4 cups of chicken stock
  • 5 sprigs of thyme
  • 3 sage leaves
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Additional salt and pepper to taste

I know, it sounds like a lot, and it is, but this will feed a very hungry family, for a few days, and it goes great during these early, cold fall days we have been having in Wisconsin.

Start by heating your oven to 425 degrees. Add the chicken to a baking tray, and season liberally with salt and pepper.  Roast the chicken until it registers 165 degrees, then remove and let it cool.

During this time, prepare all of your ingredients.

To a large stock pot, melt the butter on medium heat. Add the olive oil, then toss in your leek, carrot, celery, garlic, and onion. Give a good stir, and cook for about 5 minutes. Add in the flour, and give another good stir, making sure to get all of the vegetables coated in the flour. Cook for a few minutes, then add in the half and half. Cook for about 5-7 minutes or until the mixture begins to thicken. I love this process.

During this time, remove the crispy skin from the chicken pieces and nibble on them if you want. Otherwise, call your kids into the kitchen and have them snack on it.

Remove the chicken from the bone, and coarsely  chop into bite sized pieces.

Add in the chicken, and  the corn cob that you removed the corn from.  Add in the potatoes as well.

How to make chicken pot pie soup

Next add in the chicken stock, give a good stir and season with a pinch or two of salt and cracked black pepper.  Stir, and bring to a simmer.

Once the potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes or so, add in the fresh herbs, making sure you tie them together. This is referred to as a bouquet garni.  Toss in the corn and peas as well. Reduce the heat to low.

During this time, cut your puff pastry into circles, as many as you desire, and lightly brush with egg wash. Cook according to the directions.

Once the puff pastry is cooked, remove from the oven and set aside.

Now the fun part, to eat.

Remove the bouqet garni from the soup, along with the corn cob, and discard.

Taste, and season with any salt and pepper.

Ladle the chicken pot pie soup into your soup bowl, and top each bowl with the puff pastry.

This chicken pot pie soup is flipping awesome. It’s everything you want in a bite of food, and is thinner in consistency, making this soup something to be reckoned with. AND DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE PUFF PASTRY TOPPING! I could probably eat a whole sheet of those.

Give this recipe a shot if you are looking for some truly comforting soup. Hope you enjoy! By the way, if you don’t have puff pastry, go ahead and top with some cooked pie dough or something other.

 

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