Everybody needs a simple chicken soup in their repertoire: this one is warming, sustaining, nurturing and nourishing. Steaming a whole chicken in the Varoma is brilliant for all kinds of reasons. Firstly, the chicken juices drip over the vegetables and into the mixing bowl, flavouring everything and forming a healthy broth at the same time. Steamed chicken also remains incredibly juicy. It’s a really clean way to cook too, with very little mess to deal with at the end – love you, Thermomix!
Depending on how many people you’re feeding, you may decide to chop up all the meat for your soup or keep some back for other uses (sandwiches, chicken tart, risotto and stir fries are all possibilities – see links below).
Until about 50 years ago, chickens were always a special event. Now, less so. Their meat is ubiquitous. This soup tries to bring back that olden-days sense of honour by using the bones to make a stock, and then turning them into pet food. It’s a completely waste-free meal.
Travel with me to a saffron farm to learn more about the magical flower that flavours our broth.
Time: 1 hour 10 minutes for soup, 2 hours for soup, stock and pet food