My Friend Brian’s Cure Anything Chicken Rice Soup

I’m finally on the mend after coming down with a nasty stomach bug and cold, and wanted to share a recipe for the tastiest soup, which was given to me by my friend, Brian. It was the soup his mom made him anytime he got sick, and it’s comforting and delicious. The recipe is more of a guideline, as mom recipes usually are, but it’s impossible to mess up. Here’s how to make it…

My Friend Brian’s Cure Anything Chicken Rice Soup 

1 whole chicken, or chicken parts, like thighs and drumsticks (skin on)
1 head of garlic*
1 small white onion
~1 1/2 cups short grain rice, or whatever you have on hand (jasmine, long grain, etc)
Salt and pepper to taste
Red pepper flakes, to taste
Sesame oil

Place chicken in a soup pot. Cover with water, until it comes up 3/4 of the way. Smash garlic cloves to remove papery skin, then throw in the pot along with the onion, diced. Bring to boil, then lower heat and let simmer for 1 hour. Remove chicken and shred meat from bone. Set aside. Add rice to simmering chicken broth along with a generous pinch of salt and pepper, and let cook until the rice is tender and has absorbed quite a bit of liquid. Ladle some rice into a bowl, then top with the shredded chicken and chopped scallion. Garnish with a generous drizzle of sesame oil (don’t skip this step!) and a good pinch of red pepper flakes, however spicy you want it (if you have a sinus infection, do more!).

*A whole head of garlic seems like a lot, but it becomes mild and sweet in the cooking process and adds wonderful flavor. Trust me!

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