First, let’s start by saying that traditional chicken soup is perfect and delicious. A traditional chicken soup recipe passed down by your grandparents and great grandparents probably doesn’t need fixing. However, it’s okay to play with a recipe by adding ingredients that spice it up and make it more interesting. Have fun with your chicken soup with these delicious ideas.
Surprisingly, many traditional chicken soup recipes leave out this tasty, and healthy, ingredient. When you’re making chicken soup at home, Add teaspoon of garlic powder or a few crushed garlic cloves to your broth before you add the chicken, vegetables, and noodles. It will add a nice kick to your soup, and garlic is great for boosting your immune system and lowering blood pressure.
#2 Lemon Pepper Seasoning
For a different twist on chicken soup add a teaspoon of lemon pepper seasoning. It gives your soup a kick and is great with egg noodles. It clears out your sinuses too. You can add both the lemon pepper and some garlic for a spicy combination.
#3 Old Bay Seasoning
If you like Cajun flavors then consider adding one and a half tablespoons of Old Bay seasoning to your traditional chicken soup recipe. Then taste to see if you want to add more – one and a half tablespoons is a good starting point. If you like your soup extra flavorful then gradually add more and re-taste until you find the amount that works for you.
#4 Herbs Galore
If you have access to fresh herbs you can add a powerful flavor punch to your traditional soup recipe. Try adding fresh:
Add the herbs to the broth and let simmer for an hour before adding the remainder of your ingredients.
#5 Root Vegetables
Another way, albeit a milder one, is to add root vegetables to your traditional chicken soup. Consider adding parsnips, sweet potatoes, or fennel to your soup recipe. This is a great way to kick you chicken soup up a notch during the winter when these vegetables are readily available.
#6 Onions, Leeks, and Ramps
Onions are part of many traditional soup recipes. However, leeks and wild garlic (or ramps) add a nice touch to spring chicken soups. Start small. Add one leek or a few ramps to test the flavor. You can always add more the next time you cook.
#7 Mexican Chicken Soup
If you love Mexican flavors consider adding:
- Jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
- Ground cumin
- Ground coriander seed
- Chopped fresh cilantro leaves tossed on top of the soup as a garnish.
Adjust the heat level to your liking. You may want to start with two jalapenos, a teaspoon of cumin and a teaspoon of coriander.
It just takes a little imagination and a desire to branch out. You can turn your traditional chicken soup recipe into a spicy household favorite.
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