Still on my yellow lentil kick! This time I made chicken soup. It’s SO good and not too difficult to make.


I know there are tons of better, more complicated ways to make stock, but my favorite is just a whole bird with a couple of quartered yellow onions and black peppercorns. I boil until the chicken is cooked through, remove the bird and then boil the stock until it’s very dark in color and reduced.

### Equipment

* Large stockpot
* Fine mesh sieve

### Ingredients

#### Stock:

* 3-pound chicken
* 2 yellow onions quartered with paper left on
* 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
* 2 –3 teaspoons salt more or less depending on preference
* Water

#### Soup:

* 8 –10 cups of homemade stock from above
* 2 tablespoons butter
* 1 yellow onion peeled and diced
* 4 carrots peeled and diced
* 1 cup yellow lentils rinsed and picked over
* ½ cup loosely packed fresh dill roughly chopped
* Salt and pepper to taste

### Instructions

#### Prepare the stock.

* Place the chicken in a large stockpot and cover with water by 1 inch. Add the quartered onions and the black peppercorns and salt.
* Bring the pot to a boil and then reduce heat to medium-low. The stock should be relatively steady simmer, so keep the heat between low and medium-low, depending on your stove. Skim off any foam or scum that floats to the top.
* Cook for 2–3 hours or until the chicken is completely cooked through. Continue skimming off any foam that floats to the top as the chicken cooks.

#### Strain the stock:

* After the chicken has cooked, remove it from the pot and transfer to a bowl. Bring the stock back to a boil for 10–20 minutes until reduced slightly and deepened in color. Strain the stock through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl. You should have 8–10 cups of stock.
* Carefully wipe out the stockpot and return it to the stovetop.

#### Prep the chicken:

* Pick the meat from the bones once the chicken is cool enough to handle. Discard the bones and skin.

#### Cook the soup:

* In the stockpot, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the diced onion along with the carrots. Sauté for 6–8 minutes—season with salt and pepper. Add the yellow lentils and the cooked chicken. Pour in the stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20–30 minutes or until the lentils are tender—taste and season with salt and pepper.

#### Finish the soup:

* Add the chopped dill to the soup. Turn off the heat and let stand for 5 minutes.

#### To serve:

* Ladle the soup into bowls. Enjoy!

### Nutrition

Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 559mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5314IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 3mg

Still on my yellow lentil kick! This time I made chicken soup. It’s SO good and not too difficult to make.