Chicken Matzo Ball Soup

“The keys to this amazing chicken matzo ball soup are slow-cooking it and using boxed matzo ball mix. Some people swear by seltzer, but I find it’s not necessary—the mix makes perfect, fluffy matzo balls every time due to its baking powder. Add chicken fat (schmaltz) for extra-authentic flavour. The matzo balls will taste as if they came straight from Grandma’s kitchen.” —Shannon Sarna, South Orange, New Jersey

Chicken Matzo Ball Soup
Chicken Matzo Ball Soup
Chicken Matzo Ball Soup
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
26servings (6-1/2 quarts) 30minutes + chilling 1-1/2hours
Servings Prep Time
26servings (6-1/2 quarts) 30minutes + chilling
Cook Time
1-1/2hours
Ingredients
Portions: servings (6-1/2 quarts)
Units:
Ingredients
Portions: servings (6-1/2 quarts)
Units:
Instructions
  1. Place chicken and wings in a stockpot; add water, vegetables, herbs and seasonings. Slowly bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 1-2 hours.
  2. Remove chicken and wings and cool. Strain broth through a cheesecloth-lined colander; reserve vegetables. Skim fat. Remove meat from bones and cut into bite-sized pieces; discard bones. Return broth, vegetables and meat to pot. If using immediately, skim fat. Or cool broth, then refrigerate 8 hours or overnight; remove fat from surface before using. (Broth may be refrigerated up to 3 days or frozen 4-6 months.)
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat matzo ball mix, eggs, oil, chicken fat, dill and parsley until combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. In another stockpot, bring water to a boil. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of matzo ball dough into boiling water. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until a toothpick inserted into a matzo ball comes out clean (do not lift cover while simmering), 20-25 minutes.
  5. Carefully remove matzo balls from water with a slotted spoon; place 1 matzo ball in each soup bowl. Add soup.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 167 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 523mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fibre), 11g protein.