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Wonderful winter soup, very filling and tasty. Make your own chicken stock for this recipe, just bone and skin the chicken breasts for the soup, then toss the bones, skin, and trimmings into 2 quarts of water and simmer for a few hours with a carrot, an onion and a hunk of celery. Add a few Bay Leaves and Peppercorns. Drain the stock through a spaghetti stainer into a large bowl, refrigerate the bowl for a few hours, then remove any fat that has risen to the top (it will peel right off), for flavorful, salt free, low fat stock that is much better than anything you could buy in a can.

  • 1 large package chicken breasts (3 1/2 lbs. or so-equal to 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken)
  • 4 Cups frozen corn kernals (pay a bit extra for supersweet kernals-they're worth it)
  • 4 oz. bacon cut into 1" bits (6 strips or so)
  • 1 large onion, minced fine (about 2 Cups)
  • 3 celery stalks, minced (about 1 1/2 Cups)
  • 1 tsp. THYME LEAVES
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed (3 Cups)
  • 4 TB. flour
  • 6 Cups chicken stock
  • 1 tsp. salt (omit if stock is salted)
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground BLACK PEPPER

Bone, skin and dice chicken into bite-sized pieces, set aside. In a large soup kettle, fry bacon until crispy. Remove bacon and drain off all but 2 TB. of the bacon drippings. Add onions, celery, BAY LEAVES, THYME LEAVES and PAPRIKA to the pan, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add potatoes, stir to coat everything, cover and cook for another 5 minutes, until onion and celery are transparent. Push the vegetables to one side, add flour to pan to make the roux. Stir the flour into the drippings until it is a smooth paste. The flour needs to cook on low for about five minutes to get rid of its "raw" taste. Add 1/2 Cup chicken stock, blending with the roux as you slowly pour it in. Add the rest of the chicken stock and stir well. Add the raw chicken pieces, bring soup to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cook 25 minutes. Add the corn kernals plus salt and freshly ground BLACK PEPPER to taste. Add PARSLEY FLAKES, simmer a final ten minutes, serve.

Bay Leaf Whole 1 oz. bag
Thyme French .8 oz. 1/2 cup jar
Hungarian Sweet Kulonleges Paprika 2.4 oz. 1/2 cup jar
Black Pepper Shaker Grind 2.1 oz. 1/2 cup jar
Parsley .2 oz. 1/2 cup jar

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