The longer you cook this soup the softer the bones will get and the better your natural chicken stock becomes – I love to cook mine gently overnight and for part of the next day until the bones just crumble up in your fingers
You may add an onion but you won’t even notice it if you don’t and neither will your guests.
If worried about the fat, you may tip it out and place it in freezer to set. Fat will rise to the top with your chicken stock at bottom. When set just slice of your browned chicken stock, adding it back to your soup together with enough fat / chicken schmaltz as needed, according to your own taste
8 chicken thighs
4 liters water
2 lemons, juiced
6 garlic cloves
170 g rice
30 ml parsley
salt to taste
If you do have the below ingredients please add them but the plain simple above ingredients are also absolutely delicious! Especially when you are out of onions, carrots or celery ;)
264 g carrots (3 medium)
2 celery stalks, including leaves
Evening before bed put on chicken skin side facing down and pour over a cup of water. Bring to a gentle simmer in an electric wok or slow cooker if you wish. Alternately you may use a simmer ring under a heavy bottomed saucepan over a low heat or flame.
Simmer on low overnight and all through the following day until bones disentegrate or crumble, so that they release all that lovely natural bone stock.
To a microwave steamer or pot, weigh in your rice and add 3 times the amount of water. IE; 810 g / ml. Close lid and microwave on high for 15 minutes. Remove and allow to stand 10 minutes to soften.
Remove chicken and set aside to cool.
With a stick or an immersion blender puree rice into a smooth cream, adding a little water as needed.
To a food processor with metal chopping blade on – Add your whole peeled garlic cloves, parsley and whole jalapenos and pulse until finey chopped.
Add to soup. Swish out food processor bowl with some water, adding it back to soup.
Remove bones or if they are soft enough they will just crumble to a pulp in your fingers. You may add the pulp to the soup if you wish. (I do for extra nutrition). Add all the meat and discard any sharp or hard bones.