- 2 quarts chicken stock or low-sodium broth
- One 3-pound chicken
- 1 1/4 cups matzoh meal
- 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 5 large eggs, 3 separated
- 1/4 cup melted chicken fat (schmaltz) or vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup minced onion
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, for forming the matzoh balls
- 1 large carrot, thinly sliced
- 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
- 1 small onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 1/4 pound rutabaga, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 4 large dill sprigs
- 4 large parsley sprigs
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- Make the Chicken Soup In a large pot, bring the chicken stock to a simmer. Add the chicken and return the stock just to a simmer. Cover the chicken with a small plate to keep it submerged and cover the pot. Reduce the heat to maintain a very low simmer; simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove the chicken and let cool slightly, then shred the meat; discard the skin and bones. Strain the soup into a heatproof bowl. Skim off the fat and return the soup to the pot.
- Meanwhile, Make the Matzoh Balls In a large bowl, combine the matzoh meal, salt, garlic, baking powder and baking soda. In a medium bowl, whisk the 2 whole eggs with the 3 yolks, schmaltz and onion. In a separate bowl, beat the 3 egg whites with an electric hand mixer until stiff peaks form. Stir the schmaltz mixture into the dry ingredients, then stir in one-third of the beaten egg whites until incorporated. Gently fold in the remaining whites until no streaks remain. Press a sheet of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the batter and refrigerate for about 20 minutes or overnight, until firm.
- Meanwhile, Make the Matzoh Balls Line a baking sheet with plastic wrap. In a small bowl, combine the vegetable oil with 1 tablespoon of water. Scoop 1-tablespoon-size mounds of the matzoh batter onto the baking sheet. Using the oil-and-water mixture to keep your hands moist, roll each scoop of batter into a ball, handling them as gently as possible.
- Meanwhile, Make the Matzoh Balls Return the chicken soup to a simmer. Add the carrot, celery, onion, rutabaga, dill and parsley and season with a big pinch each of salt and pepper. Add the matzoh balls. Cover and cook over moderate heat, turning the matzoh balls a few times, until they are plump and cooked through, about 25 minutes. Stir the shredded chicken into the soup and cook just until the meat is warmed through, about 2 minutes. Remove the herb sprigs. Season the soup with salt and pepper and serve immediately.
The soup can be prepared through Step 3 and refrigerated overnight. Cover the matzoh balls and shredded chicken with plastic wrap before refrigerating.