Fast Chicken Soup Base
Source of Recipe
List of Ingredients
2 quarts chicken broth
1 quart water
1 store-bought deli-roasted chicken
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 large onions, cut into medium dice
2 large carrots, peeled and cut into rounds or half rounds, depending on size
2 large stalks celery, slice ¼ inch thick
1 tsp dried thyme leaves.
Bring broth and water to a simmer over medium-high heat in a large soup kettle. Meanwhile, separate chicken meat from skin and bones; reserve meat. Add skin and bones to the simmering broth. Reduce heat to low, partially cover and simmer until bones release flavor, 20 to 30 minutes. Strain broth through a colander into a large container; reserve broth and discard skin and bones. Return kettle to burner set on medium-high. Add oil, then onions, carrots and celery. Saute until soft, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add chicken, broth and thyme. Bring to a simmer. (Can be refrigerated up to 3 days in advance. Return to a simmer before adding the extras of your choice.)
Quick Tip: You can use about a half to a whole of a bag of shredded carrots instead of peeling and cutting yourself-this saves time and the shredded carrots will saute faster than bigger chunks.