BLT Chicken Soup

TOTAL TIME: 2 hr 5 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: 1 hr
Cook: 45 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

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Directions

Place the chicken, wine, lemon peel, onion and 1 bay leaf in a small pot. Add about 1 quart of water or enough to cover the top of the chicken meat, bring to a low boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and gently poach until cooked through, about 15 minutes. Cool the chicken until it is easy to handle, then dice or shred. Strain and reserve about 5 cups of the poaching liquid.

Trim the leeks and halve lengthwise, then cut into 1-inch half-moons, wash in the sink or large bowl filled with cold water. Dry the leeks on a clean kitchen towel and reserve.

Heat about 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp at the edges, 3 minutes, drain off fat. Cook's Note: If there's more than a couple of tablespoons in the pot, then add 1 bay leaf, carrots, celery, leeks, tomatoes, salt, pepper, and thyme. Cook 12 to 15 minutes covered, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender and tomatoes burst. Add the cooked chicken, stock and reserved poaching liquid to the soup, heat through then cool completely and cover, store for make-ahead meal.

To reheat the soup: Place the soup in a saucepan and bring to a boil, then add the pasta and cook to al dente, stir in the fresh herb of your choice and serve. If the soup is too thick, add a little water.

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  • on September 21, 2013

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    This soup is very flavorful. I did add more pasta noodles to the soup to make it super hearty. I think I would omit the tomatoes the next time. I wasn't a big fan of the texture of the tomatoes after cooking. The leeks were perfect in the soup and the strained stock added back to the soup was dynamite. I will crisp up the bacon more also the next time. Yes I made this soup when it's 90 out at 7 in the evening on a Fall Phoenix night but I will definitely make this during those cold winter nights as well. Serve this with a little garlic bread and you are in business.

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