Creamy Chicken Sweetcorn Soup – A perfect cold buster with homemade croutons

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This delicious, silky smooth Chicken-sweetcorn Soup, served with homemade croutons on the side, is a real winter warmer!

This could be served as a perfect starter in the cold winter months or serve to someone who is just recovering from a  nasty bout of a cold,  that could make him feel better instantly.  Kids too will love the soft bite of sweetcorn and the crunchiness of the buttered croutons floating on the soup.

I fried the croutons with a little butter on the pan, instead of making them in the oven, which I found much more easier and less time consuming too.  To my delight I found them beautifully buttery and crunchy, just the perfect crusty accompaniment for the soup!

You need the following ingredients to make this soup:

Chicken breast/pieces without bones 100 g
Corn flour 1 tbsp
Warm water 2 cups
Sweetcorn 1/4 cup
Vinegar 1/4 tsp
Salt and pepper to taste
Eggs  1
Onion  1
Garlic  3 cloves
Spring onion chopped 1 tbsp
Soy sauce 1/2 tbsp
Olive oil or any cooking oil 1 tbsp

Let’s make :

  • Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan
  • Drop chopped onions and garlic and saute a little.  Do not brown.
  • Add the chicken pieces cut into stripes and stir fry for 2 mins
  • Add salt and pepper

  • Pour  1 & 1/2 cups of warm water, cover and boil for 10 mins

  • Next, pour the chicken broth through a seive
  • Seperate the chicken pieces and crumble them or cut them into further thin stripes

  • Pour the chicken broth again to the pan and let it simmer
  • Drop sweetcorn and spring onions and give a good stir
  • Beat the egg and slowly pour into the pan while stiring vigorously with a fork

  • Add vinegar

  • Add soy sauce
  • Mix cornflour with 2tbsp of warm water and add into the pan and keep stiring
  • Adjust the taste.   Add a bit more water if the soup is too thick
  • Mix everything and simmer under low flame for 3 – 5 mins while stiring continuously
  • Serve piping hot in an elegant soup bowl with homemade croutons on the side

Homemade croutons 

croutons

  • Spread butter on both sides of three bread slices
  • Cut them into cubes
  • Drop a blob of butter into a non stick pan
  • Drop the bread cubes and pan fry both sides until golden and crusty
  • Delicious !

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Chicken noodle soup – A bowl of comfort to soothe away winter colds

davNothing makes you more miserable than a steady string of sneezes that followed by a runny nose and a throbbing headache.  You instantly know that this misery will last at least a couple of days.  So, try this  smooth and silky  soup with vibrant colours that could instantly make you feel better,   true to the age old belief that chicken soup has a magical power to soothe away the cold symptoms hastening the recovery.

I have added a variety of colourful vegetables into this soup and the noodles and potatoes in it make the soup a more nourishing and a filling one.  You could also make this as a hearty dinner choice,  ideal for winter months for the whole family.

What you need:

 Chicken 250 g
Maggi noodles (plain) 1 pkt
Riped tomato 1
Carrots (medium) 3
Green beans 5
Leeks or spring onions 1 bunch
Garlic cloves 3
Onion 1
Knor soup cube (Chicken flavour) 1
Potatoes  4 – 5 new potatoes

Let’s make :

Chop it

  • Cut the chicken into bite size pieces.  A few bony pieces could make the soup more flavourful.
  • Cut carrots into thin rounds, green beans into 1 inch pieces, leek or spring onions into small pieces.
  • Chop the onion , cut the potato into chunk and slice the garlic cloves.

Saute’ it

  • Now add 1 tbsp of olive oil into a heavy bottom pan heat it up.
  • Add chopped onions and garlic.  Saute.
  • Add carrots , potato and green beans.
  • Add the white parts of leeks or spring onions.  Saute all a few mins.
  • Now add the chicken pieces and fry all together until the chicken becomes white.

Water it

  • Add 2 or a bit more glasses of water, cover and boil under medium flame.
  • In 15 mins all the veggies and chicken will be cooked. If not, cover and boil for further few mins.

Noodle it

  • Crush the noodle packet and add to the pot and in 2 mins they will be cooked.
  • Now, crush the soup cube and add to the pot.  Stir.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

Simmer it

  • Simmer on low flame for 5 mins.
  • Serve piping hot with a few buttered toasts.

 

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