Chicken, Non Vegetarian, Soup

Chicken Soup with Tiny Meatballs



2 lb. stewing chicken
4 c. water
2 1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 lb. sm. onions
1 bay leaf
1 clove garlic
5 carrots, sliced
Parsley and celery leaves


Place chicken in water in large saucepan.  Add salt, pepper, basil, bay leaf and garlic.  Bring to boil.  Lower heat and simmer slowly for 1/2 hour or until chicken is tender.  Remove chicken from pan.  Cool and carefully skim fat from surface of soup.  Bring soup to a boil and add onions, carrots, parsley and celery, simmer gently for 10  minutes.