My mom taught me how to make this Chicken Rice Soup and made it for our family as childhood. And now I know how to make it for my family. You can make this with any potatoes; I happen to have red potatoes, so I used that.
I prefer to prepare the chicken stock the day before, then the next day I make the soup, that way I was efficient with my time.
5 – 6 chicken drumsticks
4 liters of water (equals 17 cups)
1 medium onion
2 medium carrots
1 TBSP Vegeta
½ TSP of sugar
2 – 3 medium (or 4 red potatoes), diced into small pieces
¾ cups of rice
1 bunch cilantro
½ bunch dill or 3 TBSP frozen dill
Wash the chicken. Fill a pot with 4 liters of water, add chicken and about 1 TSP of salt and turn on the stove to high till it lightly boils, then turn down to low for it to simmer. Remove the impurities that foam up on top with a sieve. Let it simmer for about 1 to 1.5 hours and check on the soup occasionally to keep removing more foam as it comes up.
Note: If you see impurities in the soup and were not able to remove it or still see some even after removing, after the stock is done, you can choose to run the stock through a sieve and a napkin into another pot, wash the used pot, and then return the stock back into that used pot.
Meanwhile, the chicken is cooking, prepare and cut the vegetables. Peel and dice the potatoes and set aside.
Next peel and grate carrots, and dice the onion and set aside.
Heat a pan on high and add ½ cup of oil. When the oil is warm, turn down the stove to medium low and add the diced onions and carrots and sauté until softened. Mix occasionally to prevent from burning.
When it is softened, and onions are translucent, add 1 TBSP of Vegeta and ½ TSP of sugar and mix very well and sauté for 1 more minute. Set it aside until the rice and potatoes are ready.
Hint: Cut the potatoes small enough for it to be ready when the rice is ready.
When chicken is ready, remove and set aside the chicken. Next, add the diced potatoes and ¾ cups of rice in the pot. Cook the potatoes and rice for 15 minutes or until ready. When the chicken is ready, you may choose to cut it into small pieces.
Next, add the sauté mixture to the pot as well as the cooked chicken. Simmer for another 2 minutes.
Next, chop the cilantro and dill (or use frozen chopped dill) and add to the pot. Simmer for 1 more minutes, then done.
Wait for 15 minutes for the flavors to meld, before serving. Enjoy!
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