Organic chicken soup with tarragon garlic bread

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Helen Graves uses organic chicken drumsticks as the key flavour in her warming chicken soup recipe. Cosy up with a big bowl of the richly flavoured broth and dunk in her easy garlic bread, flavoured with fragrant tarragon.

Organic chicken soup with tarragon garlic bread (serves 4)


Chicken soup
1kg organic chicken drumsticks
2 sticks of organic celery, finely chopped
3 organic carrots, finely chopped
2 organic onions, roughly chopped
800ml of organic chicken stock
2 bay leaves
5 peppercorns
small bunch of flat leaf parsley
Tarragon garlic bread
1 baguette
1 bunch of tarragon, leaves roughly chopped
100g of organic butter, at room temperature
3 organic garlic cloves, crushed


1. To start the soup, add the chicken to a large pan along with the vegetables, bay leaves and peppercorns. Separate the parsley stalks and leaves, reserving the leaves for garnish and adding the stalks to the pan

2. Pour cold water into the pan to cover everything then bring to the boil over a medium heat on the hob

3. Once simmering, use a spoon to skim off any scum that appears on the surface of the soup (this will help improve the final flavour of the soup)

4. After an hour, strain the soup and set aside the chicken pieces, discarding the other flavourings. Place the soup back on a gentle heat

5. Preheat the oven to 160°C/gas mark 3

6. When cool enough to handle, remove the skin from the chicken and shred the meat into the soup. Stir together and season with salt and pepper

7. To make the tarragon garlic bread, use a serrated knife to slice into the baguette, cutting deep grooves but not cutting all the way through

8. Mix together the tarragon and garlic with the butter to create a flavoured paste. Spread this onto each slice and wrap the whole baguette in foil

9. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes then serve with soup, garnished with the reserved parsley leaves

Recipe credit: Created as part of #OrganicUnboxed by Helen Graves for The Organic Trade Board’s ‘Organic. Naturally Different’ campaign, courtesy of

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