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2 tablespoons olive oil

3 pounds chicken, boned, skinned, all visible fat removed, diced (save bones and carcass)

Jeffery’s Secret Spice Blend

1 1/2 cups chopped onions

1 cup diced carrots

1/2 cup chopped green onions

2 tablespoons minced garlic

1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

4 bay leaves

2 cups assorted chopped fresh vegetables (such as beans, zucchini, yellow squast, or cabbage)

1 1/2 cups torn spinach leaves, cleaned and stemmed

Pinch of crushed red pepper, or to taste

3 quarts chicken stock

2 cups cooked fine or broad noodles

Chopped chives for garnish


In a large saucepan, heat olive oil. season chicken with Spice blend. When oil is hot, add chicken, bones and carcass: sauté about 5 minutes, or until meat and bones are brown. Add onions, celery, carrots, green onions, garlic, parsley, basil. and bay leaves, seasoned with Spice Blend. Sauté vegetables 5 minutes Add chopped vegetables spinach, and crushed red pepper and sauté 1 minute. Add stock and bring liquid to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 25 minutes. Add noodles, bring back to a boil, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and discard carcass and loose bones. Season with Spice Blend and pepper, if needed. Ladle soup into a bowl and garnish with chopped chives. Serves 6-8


All chefs, it seems, have a secret spice blend. Here is mine. Use it as a salt substitute as it is, or you can vary the amounts and choice of spices to create your own. A nutritional extra of this recipe is that it adds no additional calories, fats or sodium.

2 tablespoons chili powder

2teaspoons ground fennel seed

2 teaspoons ground mustard seed

1-teaspoon cayenne pepper

1-teaspoon cinnamon

1-teaspoon dried mint

1-teaspoon dill weed

1-tablespoon black pepper

1-tablespoon onion powder

1-tablespoon garlic powder

2 tablespoons paprika

1-teaspoon ground cumin

Combine all ingredients: keep in closed container.

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