Smoked Chicken & Vegetable Soup!
I'm pretty lucky! I work for a company that has businesses in a very large multi-county region, but my base office is just a couple blocks from my house. As a result, I can take a quick trip home for lunch a couple days a week. That caused me to want to put some homemade soup in the freezer and since I had the perfect ingredients in the freezer and fridge, I decided this was the right weekend to make it. Nothing complicated about it! I used my pressure cooker and it was done in 20 minutes.
The recipe is so simple. I had a chicken breast in the freezer ... from a day when I grilled and smoked several using cherry wood for the smoke flavor. I chopped it, added 4 cups of chicken broth with a dash of liquid smoke. For the vegetable, you could add almost anything you like, but I love carrots so I added 2 cups of chopped carrots, 2 cups of frozen corn kernels, a can of roasted tomatoes with their juice, a small green pepper chopped, about 1/2 cup chopped onion and a cup of frozen green peas. Pasta would have been good, but I added 2 cubed potatoes for the starch. I seasoned the soup with fresh parsley, 2 bay leaves and a sprig of fresh rosemary. I also used a Tablespoon of "greens flavoring" that I guy at a local meet market. It contains salt, pepper, garlic and a little more smoke flavor. There is no right or wrong in preparing this! Use the seasoning you like best .. but add a dash of liquid smoke to enhance the smoked flavor of the chicken.
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