Friday, September 24, 2010

Wild mushroom and chicken soup

(clockwise from top left: shiitake, oyster, chanterelle & crimini)
I made this for my significant other in our first month of dating; he still asks for it 5 years later. Soup seems unromantic, but this one is quite aphrodisiac (those ingredients:)) and earthy-cozy to boot!

And before I sign off, a big thank you to Amber Blue Bird for sweetly passing on blog awards! More soon:)...
~ Have a cozy and wonderful weekend! ~
Adapted slightly (by omitting time-consuming morel soak) from a Great Soups feature in New York Magazine's 1996 Food Issue, with top chefs' recipes (though I sadly can't find the chef's name.)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme, stems discarded, or ~1-1/4 teaspoons (~1/5oz or 6g) dried thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 6 cups (1.5 litre) chicken stock
  • 8 chicken drumsticks and/or thighs, skins removed
  • 1 whole boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced into 1/2-inch-wide (~1.5cm-wide) strips
  • 1/2 pound (8oz or 240g) crimini mushrooms, with stems, sliced in half
  • 1 cup (~225g) shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, sliced 1/4-inch (~0.5cm) thick
  • 1 cup (~225g) oyster mushrooms, stems removed, quartered
  • 1 cup (~225g) chanterelles, tips of stems removed, quartered
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons (~10ml) balsamic vinegar
  • Optional: 1-2 cups (~225-450g) peas
  • Optional: 1 bunch chives, finely chopped
Bring the first 7 ingredients to a boil in a soup pot. Add drumsticks and thighs, simmering for 30 minutes. Remove drumsticks and thighs; set aside. While soup continues to simmer, debone chicken when cool enough to handle, discarding bones.

Add chicken breast and peas to soup. Simmer until the breast meat is cooked, about 7 to 10 minutes. Add mushrooms and the meat from the drumsticks and thighs. Salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until mushrooms soften a bit (a few minutes or so); stir in vinegar & chives and chow!

Little notes:
As always, feel free to play with the recipe! If you have leftover wild rice, that's also nice to add; if you're pressed for time, you can easily skip the chicken breast, etc.


K and S said...

soup season is almost here, will bookmark this :)

Signe said...

This looks so goooooood!!
And it's almost lunch break here in Oslo and I am starving, so this is torture ;)

Bombay Beauty said...

Very nice - I'm going to play and try to vegetarianize. Either veggie stock or perhaps a "stock" made from the liquid of tried mushrooms, something a learned from a friend for risotto. Have a great weekend... xo bb

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I'm so glad you mentioned the rice and skipping the chicken, now I can enjoy it as well. I love rice in soup and we eat so much soup during the winter. I'm going to save this one to make for guests.

shopgirl said...

this looks DELICIOUS Jude! And it's great timing for the fall weather. I have a similar technique making Chicken soup. I'm definitely bookmarking this for the future.

Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Have a great weekend!!

Dancing Branflake said...

I so wish Mr. Branflake liked mushrooms. So yummy! I love them so much and this looks so delicious.

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

Looks so good! Hope you have an amazing weekend.

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

I love all mushrooms so I think this sounds amazing-

Stacey said...

We're such a soup loving family and this looks yum! I don't think that i've ever had mushroom soup though, so i'm looking forward to trying this. Have a great weekend Jude! xx

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Oh yum, I need to add that to my recipe box!

justine said...

this looks absolutely delicious, perfect for a cold windy and wet day here in England.

Meghan said...

I love soup!! This one looks good - sadly, I do not like mushrooms. Have a great weekend!

lisa said...

I don't doubt that this would make an impression!!!
It sounds wonderful, and I will keep it for when it cools off a bit here. 90+ degrees now. It will come in very handy soon though!!
Thank you for sharing.

Rosie said...

This does look delicious! No wonder he likes it ;-)
I loved your post yesterday, too! Just didn't have the time yesterday to comment...


This sounds amazing! I'm such a soup fanatic! Will definitely give it a shot this fall :)

And congrats on the award!

Have a great weekend! xoxo

annette said...

YUMMY! A great fall dish.

Anonymous said...

looks soo yummy! jealous!

could i possibley ask a small favour? that you vote for me here ? I'd love you forever!

Isabel said...

im not a big fan of mushrooms but im tempted to try this :)

Jude said...

Kat - I do look forward to soup season! I'll bet you've got lovely concoctions there :)
Signe - haha, I shouldn't put up food posts before lunch! ;) Hope your Italian trip was divine!
BB - mmm, I love the dried mushroom idea, I've also seen it in risotto recipes and now you've tempted me to try!
Jeanette - haha, I'm all about quick-and-dirty recipes! :) Long and complicated is lovely too, but just won't fit in my life, I fear!
Reese - yum, your chicken soup sounds de-lish! I do love soup in autumn. Hope you've a lovely weekend too!
Tiffany - I love mushrooms too much, so never tried - but I
bet you could personalize this and make it mushroomless! :)
Connie - thanks so much and have a great weekend too!!
Ren - likewise! Love my mushrooms year round :)
Stacey - ooh, I bet you've some lovely, lovely soups! Hope your weekend goes really well, and you get some well-deserved rest! :)
Krysten - :) thanks so much! Hope your wkd is great!
Justine - thank you! :) Haha, I wonder if the wet, windy English weather has anything to do with my SO liking this ;)
Meghan - I bet you could personalize this without the mushrooms :) Hope you've a great weekend too!
Lisa - wow, I can't believe it's in the 90s for you! Summer's last gasp :) Hope you've a relaxing weekend too!
Rosie - thanks so much! Hope you have a well-deserved, relaxing weekend (and it's lovely to see you no matter when :))
Dawn - thanks so much! And I do love soup too...Hope your weekend is Hotlantic! :)
Annette - thanks so much! Yes, it's quite autumnal :)
Lottie - thank you! Hope you win :)
Isabel - you might love it! And you can personalize it without the mushrooms too :)

TOPCOAT said...

Wow, I was just craving chicken soup and lately I have been eating mushrooms with everything. This looks so good, thanks for sharing!
Have a lovely weekend! xx

Ashley said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe. It looks so yummy. I'm always up for soup.

daily mix LA said...

definetly have to try this!!! LOVE MUSHROOMS!!

Oh, My Darling said...

Yum, that sounds so delicious!

elra said...

Hi Jude, what a delicious soup. I love mushroom and can't get enough of their earthiness flavor. Especially if you can get fresh wild one :)

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

I enjoy soups - might cook broccoli and mushroom soup or pumpkin soup on sunday. This recipe looks so toothsome - I shall have a go at it this week.
Enjoy the weekend, sweetie;-)

Punctuation Mark said...

this is what i call comfort food... love the variety of mushrooms and the comfy chicken soup... yum!

Vicky K. said...

love love love mushrooms! charantelles are my favorites!

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Kristin said...

You had me at wild mushroom. That sounds and looks delicious!

ching said...

that look delish. thanks for posting this.

Jess said...

Oh my yummy!!

She's Dressing Up said...

Oh wow; mushrooms are one of my favourite foods so I am certainly going to try this!

Anonymous said...

Yum, this looks and sounds delicious! I can't wait for the upcoming season of soups!

Anonymous said...

This looks yummy, I'll have to try it! I make a lot of soups... love them in winter.

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Omg, I LOVE mushrooms and chicken, and I love mushroom soups and I love chicken soups.... And mushroom AND chicken coup sounds really really good to me!!

Amber Blue Bird said...

hey there bud, thanks for the shout out :)

MarchMusings said...

Oh those mushrooms will do the trick in this soup. I looove mushrooms.

Style, She Wrote said...

OMG love this! Can't wait to make it.

Annie said...

I am so so so excited to make this! Thank you for such a delicious sounding and healthy recipe!

Brandi said...

I will so be making this as soon as the temperatures here return to normal fall temperatures. It was over 100 degrees today! Not quite soup weather.

Lady Grey said...

this looks like an incredible recipe. I'm officially in loe with your blog now : )

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