Nothing warms you up like a bowl of soup during the winter months. And, when it comes to soothing a cold or a sore throat, chicken soup is always comforting. It makes you feel just like that boy from Campbell’s Soup commercial in the late 90s! Whatever happened to that kid, by that way!?
Wherever he is, one thing is for sure: He made that soup look delicious! Canned soup is good in a pinch, but nothing beats homemade soup when you are sick. Or when you are making a meal for someone who is sick. (Or just nursing a broken heart, because, c’mon that hurts, too!)
The good news is that all you need for a awesome chicken soup is a hearty, rich base. And, you can make your own chicken broth at home in a few easy steps. However, if you have ever tried to do so and felt like your broth just wasn’t rich enough, then do we have the secret for you!
Here it is, straight from the wise Meghan Splawn at The Kitchn: You have to use chicken WINGS!
Yes, according to Splawn, the chicken wings are important for a good broth. Why? Because they have more cartilage. Cartilage gives off collagen when cooked which leads to gelatin. Which then equals a thick, rich broth that will soothe everything from a sore throat to a case of the Mondays. Wings also generally are quite fatty, which adds even more flavor to your broth.
The best thing about this basic broth is that you can easily customize it to your tastebuds. Make it as salty, garlicky or oniony as you desire. Add lemon or herbs like thyme, rosemary, parsley or basil to brighten it up. The options are truly endless! You can also store in the freezer for up to six months, so don’t be afraid of wasting a drop of that brothy goodness.
Check out the recipe here.