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1-2-3 chicken soup

Last weekend I was caught by the smell of the rotisserie chickens in the grocery store. Sometimes I can walk right by them and sometimes I shop hungry, which is always bad for the wallet. And it’s especially bad when confronted with especially delicious smelling roasted chicken. I got home and we had chicken sandwiches for lunch and picked it all off the carcass to save for recipes or chicken salad. Sometimes I throw the bones away, but as you should do with a cooked chicken or turkey, I wrapped it up and made soup on Sunday.

Making homemade chicken soup is so easy, a monkey can do it, especially when you have grocery stores that roast the chicken for you. Anyway, here is how to do it…

Put the carcass in a large soup pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, while adding chopped carrots and celery and some parsley sprigs. Add some salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, thyme, a bay leaf, and pinches of onion powder and garlic powder. Lower heat and simmer for about two hours, adding more water as necessary and adding more salt and pepper to taste. When cool enough, remove bones, and make sure you leave the meat in the soup (or add in meat you may have taken off the bone earlier). Then cook some noodles or rice separately and add to the cooked soup or in individual bowls to serve. Nothing is better than homemade chicken soup. To me, canned soups are for some reason becoming more and more disgusting. I’m not sure if it’s the preservatives or the weird spices or thickening agents used, but blech. So yeah, make my soup instead!

  

A can a week: Campbell’s Chunky Chicken Corn Chowder

Chef JimI’ve always been a fan of Campbell’s Chunky Soup. Maybe it’s because like the name implies, there are big chunks of stuff in it, making it good man-food. Or maybe it’s because they take the time and care to put real ingredients in that taste good. But here is one flavor that stands out–Chicken Corn Chowder.

Chowder to its core is a thick, hearty soup, usually involving cream and/or potatoes–with a base of either clams or chicken or corn or, like this one, a combination of chicken and corn. It’s also often flavored with bacon.

Campbell’s Chunky Chicken Corn Chowder has big chunks of white meat chicken, potatoes, and carrots; as well as a lot of corn kernels. The base is a chicken broth that is thickened with corn starch but tastes extremely creamy, and there is also bacon to give it a hint of smoky flavor. Above all, this chowder just rocks and is the perfect cold weather soup. There is also a “Healthy Request” version that has a lot less fat and about 2/3 of the calories (this one has 200 calories per serving, 400 per can).

If you have never tried this chicken corn chowder or any chicken corn chowder, go try it and let me know what you think. And now if you’ll excuse me, I have to finish the rest of the can.

  

All-natural hangover cures

Chef JimHung over after too many cocktails over the Christmas weekend? Maybe not, but chances are better you will be after New Year’s Eve this coming weekend. And if you are, you may or may not have your go-to remedies such as Tums or Alka-Seltzer (my personal favorite). Or you may opt to cure it with food or, for you hardcore drinkers, more alcohol. A great food cure is huevos rancheros, or a couple of the other recipes we posted recently on Bullz-Eye’s Grub for Guys–“hangover” soup and bloody marys. Here are those recipes….but either way, be safe during this holiday season and always by not getting behind the wheel if you’ve had a few too many:

Hangover Soup and Bloody Mary
Okay guys. The following recipes are for those days when you wake up after a night of imbibing, and have cottonmouth, a pounding headache, sore muscles, and a thick fog hovering atop your very existence. That, and you surely don’t want to put anything into your body right now. Well, you sort of need to, because you need to replenish with fluids and protein, give yourself a jolt with hot sauce, and if using vodka, getting the dog that bit you last night. And believe me, I know firsthand that these both work, as well as drinking plenty of water.

Hangover Soup
Ingredients:
1 carton (or 2-3 cans) chicken broth
½ cup small pasta such as orzo
1 egg, beaten
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
Black pepper to taste

Directions:
Bring chicken broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add pasta and cook according to directions, 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat, and slowly add egg as you stir the soup. Add Parmesan and pepper, and serve. Makes about 4 1-cup servings

Bloody Mary (or Virgin Mary if you omit vodka)
Ingredients:
2 cups tomato or vegetable juice (such as V-8)
1 shot vodka (optional)
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. hot sauce (more if you like it hot)
Juice of ½ lime
1 Tbsp. prepared horseradish
¼ tsp. celery salt
Salt and pepper to taste
1 stalk celery

Directions:
Combine all ingredients except celery in a tall glass. Stir, add ice and serve with celery stick. Serves 1, but if it does the trick, you may want to have another…I’m just sayin’!

  

A can a week: Progresso Creamy Chicken Wild Rice

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If those condensed canned soups aren’t your thing, and you prefer a soup that is closer to homemade, Progresso is the best commercial one that is widely available. And they make so many kinds now, the options are almost endless.

So for A Can a Week this week, we tried Progresso’s Rich & Hearty Creamy Chicken Wild Rice soup. You’d think that with a cream based soup you’re looking at crazy amounts of fat and calories, but this stuff weighs in at 140 calories and 5 grams of fat per serving, or 280 and 10 if you eat the whole can, which I’m assuming most of you do. I mean, who doesn’t?

But here’s the best part–this soup tastes great. There is a richness to it without being too rich, and the dominant flavor is that of roasted chicken, as if you picked it off the bone yourself. There are big chunks of white meat with no gristle, and a good amount of wild rice that is cooked perfectly and has that nice snap that wild rice has. There is some celery and onion too, but those flavors are in the background as they should be. And here is why it’s not fatty–there is no cream. It’s just thickened chicken broth with a bit of butter and soy protein. But you’d never be able to tell. Well, maybe you would, but you sure don’t miss the cream if you don’t know it’s not there.

So if you’re looking for a good, hearty soup on a winter day, give this one a shot. Mama Progresso would probably be happy you tried it too.

  

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