Hot ‘n’ Spicy Chicken & Veg Soup: it’ll cure what ails ya

Last week I wrote about my pathetic craving for a chicken broth so hot and spicy, that it would sear my throat lining and make me cry. I was out running errands for about three shivery days in a row without a break, recall–at least it seemed that way–and subsisting on fast food and not enough sleep–and I had this feeling that if I didn’t make this broth that I was dreaming of, I would perish.

Perish, Gentle Readers. How lamentable!

That broth I was imagining: if it turned out to be as stunning of a success as I was picturing, I knew that I would live. For another day. Or at least as long as the broth held out.

Isn't this the prettiest broth pot ever?

Isn’t this the prettiest broth pot ever?

Well. Perhaps that is exaggerating just a mite. In any case, still, I drove home, hauled a big chicken out of the freezer, and went right to work on the broth. Making broth is child’s play, you know, and when you are brain-dead from other things, keeping your hands busily occupied in chopping veg and tossing herbs around is such a welcome pleasure. And the process brings a lovely warmth and coziness to your home, too, with very little effort on your part. This resulting broth was a delightful, throat-burning, core-warming success.

It was exactly what I had hoped it would be. Score.

The next day, I made soup out of the broth. Just listen to how simple it was: I took the chicken from the stock-making (I de-boned it the day before, when the chicken was cool enough to handle, and then socked it into Steve, our ‘fridge),  and added it to a big pot of the broth, with a bunch of my favorite things at the moment–chunks of kabocha squash, cilantro, shredded Chinese cabbage–tossed in some goodies to give it even more heat–chipped ginger root, sliced (thinly, oh so thinly!) fresh jalapeno, chili sauce, freshly-ground pepper, sliced green onions–and tossed in chunks of avocado at the last minute just because I felt like it.

And I had a couple of avocados that needed using, truth is.

The resulting soup . . . oh, Gentle Reader. Just take a looksy.

Hot 'n' Spicy Chicken & Veg Soup

So. Good. You almost can’t see the hot broth, but it was there.

Would you like the recipe?

Well, alrighty then. Here ’tis and *curtsy* you’re very welcome, I’m sure. 🙂

And of course a loaf of crusty homemade bread, spread thickly with butter, would be a perfect accompaniment. 🙂

First, assemble the following ingredients:

  • Hot and spicy chicken broth (make the day before, or several days before and freeze)
  • 4 cups(ish) shredded Chinese cabbage
  • 4 cups(ish) shredded de-boned chicken (I used the one from the broth-making the day before)
  • 1 2-lb(ish) kabocha squash, chunked (carefully!) into small chunks, seeds removed (natch’)
  • 1 handful of fresh flat-leafed parsley or cilantro, chopped
  • 4″ knob of fresh ginger root, peeled and cut into thin curls
  • 2 avocados, sliced into chunks and salted
  • chili sauce or hot sauce of your own liking
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeds removed (or not, if you like it hot) and sliced thinly
  • salt and freshly-ground pepper, to taste

Hot 'n' Spicy Chicken & Veg Soup

And here’s how you make Hot ‘n’ Spicy Chicken & Veg Soup:

1. Put your Hot and Spicy Chicken Broth into a large stock pot and heat to a simmer on the stove.

2. Meanwhile, scrape out the seeds and chunk up your kabocha squash and add to the broth. Cook for 10 minutes or until the squash is soft. By the way, I didn’t peel the kabocha squash and the peel cooked up soft and edible. This was a revelation to me! Who knew?

3. Add the shredded cabbage and the shredded chicken meat and simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes.

4. Serve generous bowls of broth with chicken and veg, and offer the following additions: chunks of avocado, shredded ginger root, thinly sliced jalapeno, chopped green onions, and chili sauce. Add salt and freshly-ground pepper, to taste.

Hot 'n' Spicy Chicken & Veg Soup

Now I’ll let you go, so you can go make your soup. Time’s a-wastin’ you know, January is nearly half over and it is–after all–an excellent month for soup. 🙂

Blessings and *hugs*

6 thoughts on “Hot ‘n’ Spicy Chicken & Veg Soup: it’ll cure what ails ya

  1. Bethany Lotulelei

    Your photography, Mom, is just stellar. I can’t stop staring at the avocados and parsley! So lovely. Now I need to make this soup. ASAP. It looks so very good! And I just happen to have a couple chickens in the freezer. That might just be my project tomorrow (yesterday I cleaned the kitchen,and today I cleaned the fridge so the kitchen is primed and ready for some cooking!).

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      That sounds like a lovely way to spend a cold wintry day, sweetie. And thanks for your kind comments about my pictures. That’s one thing about this remodeling project–there is always much fodder for photos, backgrounds and clutter that is original and fun to work with. THANKS REUBEN!

  2. Jillian

    Sounds so good!! I love that squash but I hate cutting it!! Axe anyone?? lol Spring is coming, I got out in the yard today for winter cleanup and saw some buds!!

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Jillian. Buds??? Here we had a nice day or two this week (in the 40s) but the forecast for Sunday? High of 5 degrees! Oiy! And Ouch! and “Honey when are we moving to Florida??” I also hate cutting up the hard kabocha squash, which is why it was such a revelation that the skin just kinda melts in the soup. You don’t have to peel it off! I have a really big chef’s knife that I treat with love and respect, that I haul out to chop up those babies. The kids keep a wide berth when I have that knife out. 😉

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