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Chicken soup for a very sick friend



  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Thank you Elizabeth I hear what you are saying.
  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511
    You're doing a great thing, Tim. The egged chicken will take any soup you go with to great levels. Sorry to hear about your friends.

    Someday they'll have a handle on it, I just hope we see it in our lifetime.
  • dugdbugdugdbug Posts: 244
    Hey there Tim and Cindy,

    You are doing some awesome support work that will no doubt be appreciated.

    I don't have a specific recipe for you but when my dad was doing chemo he got into smoothies. This is something you need to train your friends to do daily and for the long run.
    You don't need a 3 HP Vitamix, of course it helps but nearly any blender will do. The smoothies don't need to be cold either; combine that chicken broth with fresh leafy greens, carrots, beets, berries and nearly any other fresh fruits and veggies available.

    I have no right to claim being a health practitioner, dietician or other scientist. I will tell you that I watched real food help my dad through his chemo experience.

    Bless You both and best wishes to Jim and Margaret Chaffin

    Best Regards,
    Doug the Bug
  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,958
    Tim and Botch,

    Here you go.

    -- Chicken and Broth --
    3 quarts Water
    1 3-4 lb. Chicken, cut up
    1 ½ teaspoons Salt
    1 Small Onion , sliced
    2 stalks Celery, chopped
    1 clove Garlic, peeled and quartered
    1 Bay leaf
    4-6 Parsley, whole leaves
    1 teaspoon Pepper , coarsly ground
    1 tablespoon Lemon juice
    -- Dumplings --
    2 cups Flour , All purpose
    1 tablespoon Baking powder
    1 ¼ teaspoons Salt
    1 cup + 2 Tablespoons Milk

    1. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot. Add the chicken, 1 teaspoon of salt, onion, celery, garlic, bay leaf, and parsley to the pot. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook the chicken, uncovered, for 2 hours. The liquid will reduce by about one third.

    2. When the chicken has cooked, remove it from the pot and set it aside. Strain the stock to remove all the vegetables and floating scum. You only want the stock and the chicken, so toss everything else out.

    3. Pour 1 1/2 quarts (6 cups) of the stock back into the pot (keep the leftover stock, if any, for another recipe-it can be frozen). You may also want to use a smaller pot or a large saucepan for this. Add coarsely ground pepper, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and the lemon juice, then reheat the stock over medium heat while preparing the dumplings.

    4. For dumplings, combine the flour, baking powder, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, and milk in a medium bowl. Stir well until smooth, then let the dough rest for 5-10 minutes. Roll the dough out onto a floured surface to about a 1/16 inch thickness.

    5. Cut the dough into 1/2 inch squares and drop each square into the simmering stock. Use all of the dough. The dumplings will first swell and then slowly shrink as they partially dissolve to thicken the stock into a white gravy. Simmer for 20-30 minutes until thick. Stir often.

    6. While the stock is thickening, the chicken will have become cool enough to handle. Tear all the meat from the bones and remove the skin. Cut the chicken meat into bite-size or a little bigger than bite-size pieces and drop them into the pot. Discard the skin and bones. Continue to simmer the chicken and dumplings for another 5-10 minutes, but don't stir too vigorously or the chicken will shred and fall apart. You want big chunks of chicken in the end.

    7. When the gravy has reached the desired consistency, ladle four portions onto plates and serve hot. Serve with your choice of steamed vegetables, if desired.


    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Thank you Gary :)
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Thanks Adam I hear what your saying. :)
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Thank you very much Doug. Your thoughts and prayers are very much appreciated and blessings to your father. :)
  • JBUG99999JBUG99999 Posts: 263
    I actually spatchcocked a few chickens last weekend, with chicken soup in mind!

    After the chicken was spatchcocked, I pulled one of the chickens and then tossed the bones into a big pot of water, along with the skin and some fresh herbs, and boiled the hell out of them for about 30 minutes. I had an awesome stock in no time flat. I added fresh veggies and noodles, and voila!

    My mom was okay with fresh herbs, but couldn't do spices when she was on chemo. Be careful with going heavy on the smoke, for the same reason...

    Thoughts and prayers for your friend!
  • MCRMCR Posts: 270

    That seem to be a nice soup!
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    I made it today I hope I didn't got to heavy on the smoke. I don't think I did because I kept half of the soup. :unsure:
  • BotchBotch Posts: 6,335
    Thanks again Gary! :)
    Live fast, die young, and leave a well-marbled corpse.  
    Ogden, Utard.  
  • EgglecticEgglectic Posts: 95
    edited August 2011
  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,050

    I've been following both this thread as well as your other one that was full of pictures. What you two have done for your friends is heart warming.

    Pat and I have a dear friend who lives in Texas and is in hospice care now and we know the end is near. We can't be a "comfort food" supplier from this great distance. You have provided an inspiration that we and others can take up the opportunity to help other cancer patients nearby. A cash contribution to a national cancer charity passing along a questionable percentage has always bothered me - but one on one or in your case two on two is where the REAL compassion exists.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Thanks Egglectic, I agree potato soup is very good as well. :P ;)
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Thanks Ron, I'm sorry I'm so late responding to your reply. Last year I was making cheesy broccoli soup for this lady's cousin my neighbor. I personally know these fine folks and like Florida Grillin Girll aka Faith there are other folks taking turns providing food for Jim and Margaret. It is a very humbling experience especially when you get to hand deliver the food and have a short visit with the patient. Have a great weekend. Tim
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