French Country Soup

How to make a French Country Soup.

Ingredients: Serves 4

  • 6 Chicken pieces (Thighs, Drumsticks, Wings)
  • 3 Tomatoes, chopped to varying consistencies, some very fine, some large chunks
  • 5 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 / 4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 / 4 cup Balsamic Dressing
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh Rosemary (leaves only) or 5 tablespoons dried
  • Chicken Stock or Water
  • 2 Lemons, juice only
  • 1 Carrot, chopped
  • 1 Onion, chopped into large chunks
  • 3 cloves Garlic, very finely chopped
  • 2 handfulls of Peanuts
  • 5 Bay Leaves
  • Paprika


  1. Put a saucepan on a low heat, add the Olive Oil, then the Onion, Bay Leaves and Garlic.
  2. Simmer and stir occasionally.
  3. Get a frying pan very hot, sear the Chicken, turning regularly until it is browned all over.
  4. Add the Rosemary to the saucepan, then half of the Stock or Water, Peanuts, Carrot and Tomatoes.
  5. When it begins to simmer, add the Chicken, Wine Vinegar, Balsamic Dressing and Lemon Juice.
  6. Fill to just below the top of the meat with the Stock or Water.
  7. Add paprika to taste, the aim is to get the liquids, especially the oil, coloured a deep red.
  8. And then simmer till the Chicken is done.
  9. Serve with fresh crusty bread and enjoy!
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