Chicken Bok Choy Lentil Soup

Soup can be a different definition to everyone, and can be made on SO many different levels of perfection.  I find that it is very important to layer a soup to really get the flavor to pop.



How to layer a soup:

1) Soak 1 cup of lentils in water

2)  Start with a mirepoix… this is simply a combination of diced onions, celery and carrot.  Find more on mirepoix and history here

2)  Let your mirepoix sautee for a good 30 minutes, really let this melt down and the flavors extract.  I usually use 1 Tbsp oil and some salt and pepper for this process

3)  Place in a large stock pot or soup pot and add about 8 cups of water (or you can do half organic gluten free chicken stock and half water)

4)  Pan fry or braise 1 package of chicken thighs just so the outside is cooked and browned

5)  Allow broth to simmer while chicken is browning

6)  Place chicken drumsticks in broth

7) season broth:  Whatever you do…do not stir!  Season with, salt/pepper, basil, thyme, oregano, parsley, and 1 bay leaf.  Allow seasonings to sit on top of broth without stirring for as long as you have, I like to let it sit for 1-2 hours if I have the time.

8)  Add lentils stir, adjust seasoning to your taste, bring to a light boil for another 20 minutes, until lentils are softened

9)  Add bok choy in the last 10 minutes

This might sound like a lot of work, but its a very easy think to do while you are prepping the rest of your food for the week.  Plus the flavor will knock your socks off.


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