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JFS Recipe for Chicken Soup

INGREDIENTS

•1 large whole chicken, preferably a kosher pullet
•water (enough to cover chicken)
•4 carrots, peeled
•3 stalks celery, peeled
•1 medium parsnip, peeled
•1 large onion, left whole but peeled
•small bunch of fresh dill
•1 tablespoon salt, or salt to taste
•6-8 whole black peppercorns
•Optional: cut up zucchini

Preparation

Wash the chicken inside and out. Pour enough water in the pot to cover the chicken by 1-inch.
Bring the liquid to a boil, lower the heat, and for the next several minutes, remove any scum that rises to the surface. Add the carrots, celery, parsnip, onion, dill, salt and peppercorns and optional zucchini.
Cover the pan partially and simmer the soup for 2-1/2 hours or until the chicken meat is very soft when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife. Pour the soup through a strainer or colander into a large bowl or a second pot. Set the chicken and vegetables aside. Remove the fat from the surface of the liquid with a spoon or fat-skimming tool or by patting paper towels on the surface.

For best results, refrigerate the strained soup; when it is cold, the fat will rise to the surface and harden and you can scoop it off. (Refrigerate the vegetables and the chicken separately.) Serve the soup plain or with the vegetables (cut them up) and chicken (remove the meat from the bones and cut it up). Matzoh balls or noodles can be added.

Serves 8-10

Based on recipe from Joy of Kosher