Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls
Classic and perhaps most beloved of all Passover dishes, matzo balls (dumplings) served in chicken soup!
- CHICKEN SOUP:
- 1 (4-5 lb.) chicken cut up, skin on
- 4 lg. celery stalks cut into 1-inch pieces
- 4 lg. carrots peeled, cut into 2-inch chunks
- 1 med. yellow onion peeled and quartered
- 3 sprigs fresh parsley
- 3 sprigs fresh dill plus more for garnish
- Salt and pepper to taste
- MATZO BALLS:
- 4 lg. eggs
- 4 T. schmaltz (rendered chicken fat) coconut oil or vegetable oil
- 1 c. matzo meal
- 1/4 c. fresh parsley dill or cilantro, chopped
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 c. chicken stock
- 12 c. salted water
- CHICKEN SOUP: Rinse the chicken with cold water and place in a large pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil over high heat, skimming off bubbling foam as it forms.
- Add celery, carrots, onion, herbs, salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat and simmer, half-covered for at least 45 minutes, or until the chicken comes away from the bone easily.
- Using tongs remove chicken to a plate. Remove skin and discard. Shred chicken with a fork. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Using a slotted spoon, remove celery and carrots to a cutting board; cut into smaller pieces. Discard onion. Place veggies into a bowl; cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Pour stock through a strainer to get a clear broth. Allow to cool. When broth has completely cooled, skim off the fat (schmaltz) and save for the matzo balls.
- MATZO BALLS: In a mixing bowl, whisk together 4 eggs and 4 tablespoons chicken fat. Stir in the matzo meal and salt. Add 1/4 chicken stock. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
- Form the matzo dough into balls the size of walnuts.
- Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the matzo balls, cover, and cook for 20 minutes (don't peek!).
- Meanwhile, in a separate pot, bring the chicken stock back to a simmer. Add chicken and veggies. Remove matzo balls from hot water with a slotted spoon and add to the simmering chicken broth just a few minutes before serving.