Cream of Chicken and Corn Soup
- 2 sticks celery, diced
- 1 onion, peeled and diced
- 600g corn kernels, fresh, frozen or canned
- 1 tsp ground white pepper
- 1 tbs mustard powder
- Murray River salt flakes, to taste
- 60ml olive oil
- 1kg free range chicken
- 1.5l water
- 1 bunch lemon thyme
- 4 sprigs rosemary
- baby corn, optional
- Sour cream, finely sliced chives and crusty bread to serve
Place the celery, onion, corn, spices, salt and olive oil into a 4 litre capacity solid steam tray. Pressure Steam at 120°C for
10 minutes or Steam at 100°C for 30 minutes.
Using a sharp knife or cleaver, cut the chicken into four pieces. Keeping the meat on the bone with skin intact, cut into 2 supremes and 2 marylands. Tie the base of the thyme and rosemary with kitchen twine to hold it together during cooking.
Add the chicken pieces to the tray and Steam at 100°C for 1 hour 30 minutes.
Carefully remove the herb stems and discard. Remove the chicken pieces, ensuring that there are no bones left in the soup and set aside for 5-10 minutes to cool in a bowl. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the bones and skin, then shred the chicken meat into small pieces.
Return half of the chicken to the soup and blend into a puree using an immersion blender. A high speed blender can be used to gain a finer texture if desired. Place the remaining chicken onto a separate Solid steam tray and into the Oven along with the puréed soup. Reheat on Steam at 100°C for 10 minutes.
Ladle the soup into bowls and top with pieces of shredded chicken and baby corn. Add a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of chives before serving with crusty bread.
HINTS AND TIPS
- Corn can be replaced with other vegetables such as pumpkin, diced potato and mushroom.
- For a vegetarian soup, omit chicken at step 3 and increase vegetable quantity. Reduce cooking time by 10 minutes.
- For a flavoursome chicken stock replace the corn with 1 carrot and the chicken pieces with chicken bones. Strain the liquid after cooking without blending through a sieve and discard the solids.
Recipe By Miele