Sunday, April 24, 2011

A Spoonful of Tradition

I was taught how to make chicken corn soup by my husband's grandmother. That being said, this recipe is dear to my heart. It's a classic Pennsylvania Dutch recipe with as many adaptations as there are people who make it. Variations can include dumplings, vegetables, or particular cuts of chicken. Despite the many versions, one standard ingredient classifies this recipe as authentic - hard boiled eggs. Before you turn your nose up, try it. I was skeptical at first, but the egg yolks actually melt into the soup and create a wonderfully creamy broth. It's a humble dish that is seasoned only with salt and cracked pepper but each bite is pure love. Every Easter I make this soup in the tradition of my in-laws. They, too, are dishing up the same meal, six hundred miles from Michigan, connecting us through the power of food. Happy Easter!

Soup for Two:
4 bone-in chicken thighs
4 large red potatoes
1 can creamed corn
1 can sweet corn
3 hard boiled eggs - chopped

Place chicken thighs in a stock pot and cover with water. Boil until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Remove chicken and set aside to cool. Continue boiling water. Peel and cube the potatoes and place into the water. Once potatoes are fork tender, add in the corn and chopped eggs. Remove bone and skin from chicken and shred the meat. Add meat to soup and simmer all together for 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.


  1. One of my favorites, Happy Easter to you too!

  2. This looks great em. Terrance South Florida