Chicken and Sweet Potato Soup
What to serve your family a delicious soup and also give your baby a portion too?
This recipe gives you quite a large portion of soup. Other family members may choose to add a little salt to theirs—but don’t add any during the cooking time so that your baby’s portion remains salt-free.
I love this recipe because it’s actually very simple to make.
The basis of the soup is a hearty stock, which you are creating by boiling the whole chicken up with the veggies
1 whole chicken (about 2 pounds)
48 fluid ounces (6 cups) water
1 stick of celery (leave whole)
1 onion (peel but leave whole)
8 sprigs of fresh parsley
1 sprig of fresh thyme (or 1/2 taspoon dried thyme)
1 bay leaf
1 whole bulb of garlic, cut in half
3 medium red potatoes (peel and dice)
3 medium sweet potatoes (peel and dice)
First, remove all the skin and fat from the chicken. Put the chicken in a large pot and pour in the water. Bring the water to the boil and simmer for ten minutes. Stick the cloves into the onion and add to the pot. Then add the celery stick, garlic, parsley, thyme and the bay leaf. Simmer for fifty minutes, until the chicken is tender and coming away from the bone.
Using a colander, strain the contents of the pot into a large bowl. Remove the chicken from the colander and set aside, then discard the rest of the contents of the colander.
Pour the strained liquid back into the cooking pot and bring to the boil. Add the diced white potatoes, reduce the heat and simmer for five to ten minutes, covered, until tender. Remove the potato with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the diced sweet potato to the pot and simmer, covered, for five to ten minutes, until tender. Pour the sweet potato/stock mixture into a food processor and blend together, and then return the liquid to the cooking pot.
Remove the chicken from the bones with your fingers and pull into small pieces.
Add the cooked white potato and the chicken to the cooking pot and warm through.
You can serve the soup to your baby at this point. If your baby still needs less textured foods then puree in the blender.
This will become a family favorite.