Can you cook raw chicken in soup?

In this brief guide we will answer the question” can you cook raw chicken in soup?” with an in-depth analysis of how we can cook raw chicken in the soup. Along with this, we will also discuss the nutritional value of chicken and how cooking raw chicken in the soup does affect the consistency and nutritional value of the soup.

Can you cook raw chicken in soup?

Yes, you can cook raw chicken in the soup but that does not mean that it is the best way to cook the chicken as cooking raw chicken in the soup also has some shortcomings.

Adding raw chicken to the soup is not healthy at all. Do not boil the chicken in the soup, it will result in the overcooking of the soup may impart an off-taste. If it is slightly underdone when you add it to the soup it’s fine. In this case, the chicken can continue to cook in the soup and will give a good taste.

What will happen if you boil raw chicken in the soup?

Chicken has a specific time for getting cooked properly. Undercooked chicken can cause borne illness. If you add raw chicken in already cooked or cooked soup, it is adamant that there will be less cooking time for chicken making it a risk to eat.

Is it safe to cook raw chicken and vegetables together?

Yes, this is a safe method of cooking, as long as everything in the pan is fully cooked before eating. 

Both vegetables that may be present in the soup and the chicken have different cooking times. Cooking them together requires balancing of temperatures and cooking time for both ingredients.

Nutritional value of chicken:

One cooked chicken piece weighing almost 200- 250 grams contains the following:

  • Calories in Kcals: 250-300 Kcals
  • Protein: 52-54  grams
  • Carbohydrates: 0 grams
  • Fat: 6- 8  grams (depending upon oil used for cooking)
  • A 1 ounce serving of chicken piece provides 55-75 kilocalories, 7 grams of protein, and 3 grams of fat.
  • Any type of meat does not contain any carbohydrates.

What method can be applied for cooking chicken and other ingredients of the soup together?

Cook vegetables first:

You can cook chicken and other ingredients of the soup such as vegetables etc, simultaneously but never begin with the vegetables. Since vegetables will cook before the chicken, either the chicken will remain undercooked or the vegetables will become overcooked.

Stir fry the chicken before adding vegetables:

Cooking together has the same problem. The best is to brown the chicken first and add the vegetables. This allows the chicken to reach a good internal temperature before the vegetables are done completely.

Safety of the meal:

If you cook the chicken first until it is done, and then cook the vegetables after removing the chicken, that is safe. If you cook both ingredients separately and then add them together in the soup that is also safe.

Biosafety hazard:

The presence of partially cooked chicken, in the case of adding raw chicken in the soup, can be a causative factor of major foodborne illnesses. Uncooked chicken can be a carrier of various pathogens that can cause diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, etc.

Best  practice to adopt for prevention from biosafety hazard:

  • Add the raw chicken to the soup water, boil it, then remove it from the soup. 
  • After removing the chicken, add the vegetables. If you use smaller cubes of chicken, they will get done quickly and then vegetables can get tender-crisp well before the chicken is overcooked.

Can you add raw chicken pieces to the soup broth?

In a straight answer, No. you should avoid adding raw chicken pieces to soup broth. 

 One can only add raw chicken to a soup broth if the broth has still plenty of time get ready. This will allow the chicken to get cooked easily and also broth will not be overcooked.

If the broth is ready you should not put any raw chicken slices in it unless they are partially cooked and require a little cooking.

You can read how to make chicken soup here.

What to do if a person has to add raw chicken slices to soup broth?

Given steps can be followed to add raw chicken into broth:

  • Take highly clean chicken pieces, preferably chicken breast that has been soaked in a strong brine or salt solution for a few hours).
  • That chicken meat cut should be frozen after immersion in the brine solution.
  • Partially thaw the chicken.
  • Cut chicken meat into very thin slices and then fully thaw them. 
  • At this point, the neatly sliced thin chicken meat can be cooked in a few seconds in boiling water or salted broth. 

Other FAQs about Chicken that you may be interested in.

How to fry chicken in olive oil?

How to fry chicken quarters?

How to fry chicken wings without flour?

Conclusion:

In this brief guide we have answered the question “can you cook raw chicken in soup?” with an in-depth analysis of how can we cook raw chicken in the soup. Along with this, we have also discussed the nutritional value of chicken and how cooking raw chicken in the soup affects the consistency and nutritional value of the soup.

Citations:

https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-chicken#1

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/8814/homemade-chicken-soup/

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.