This is an amazingly quick recipe IF you have really good chicken stock or leftover chicken soup. It’s important to have a really good base to have a flavorful soup!
This soup has so much flavor because you brown the chicken and vegetables first and the barley only takes 30 minutes to cook! Make sure the skin on your chicken is minimal so your soup doesn’t come out too oily.
If you have leftover chicken soup, this is an amazing way to have an entirely new dish. Strain the soup and use it like stock. Discard the vegetables and keep the chicken!! Feel free to add rice noodles, or rice to make it more filling but a few bowls of this hearty goodness and you will never look at leftover chicken soup the same again!
This soup is so filling you don’t need much else for dinner! Fish chowder might intimidate people and is usually very heavy and fattening. This is my lighter and healthier version and I promise if you buy fresh fish, there is nothing fishy about this soup.
Here is an amazing trick for vegetable stock. Save all the scraps of fresh food that you would normally throw out every week (example: sweet potato peels, tops of onions, leaves of celery, stems of herbs and put it in a large pot and boil for 2 hours, salt to taste and there you have it! The more vegetable scraps the better its flavor!) You can do this and freeze it, you can do it with turkey necks and chicken or beef bones to add more flavor but it is the best! Then you can strain it and freeze it or strain it right into this soup!