This Asian chicken vegetable soup will warm your soul. I’m not even kidding. It is so flavorful and it’s packed with good-for-you vegetables and tender chunks of shredded chicken. Three of us gobbled down half of a very large pot of this soup earlier this week…..it’s that good!
Let’s talk about what really is the star of this soup, it’s the homemade stock. Don’t worry, the stock is SOOO easy to make. You literally throw the ingredients in a pot and let it simmer for a couple of hours. You don’t even have to take much time prepping the ingredients, just a rough chop. I don’t even peel the carrot. You just want the ingredients to infuse the stock with their incredible flavor.
I highly recommend taking the time to make the stock. You could substitute store bought stock, but it’s not going to give the soup the rich flavor that this homemade stock gives it. You could even make this stock ahead of time and refrigerate it for a couple of days until you’re ready to make the soup.
The ingredient that really gives this Asian chicken vegetable soup a unique flavor is lemongrass. I had never used lemongrass before. While I was at the store pulling the ingredients together for this soup, I saw the lemongrass with the other fresh herbs and decided I had to try it.
Since I wasn’t sure how to prepare it, I searched online and found this YouTube video which demonstrated several ways to prepare lemongrass. For soup, you crush it, which I did by using a meat mallet. Crushing it releases the oils and adds a wonderful, slightly lemon flavor to the stock.