Healing Chicken Soup: A soup that packs a punch right in the face of illnesses due being loaded with antioxidants and immune-boosting properties. Not to mention the most comforting bowl of soup you have ever had.
I woke up with a cold 3 days before my a trip that I had planned for over a year. I was taking my mom and daughter to Disney for my daughter’s 8th birthday.
Many of you may be thinking, well, at least it was just a cold. Yes, but I have Cystic Fibrosis, so a cold for me is often so much more than that. Regardless, no one really wants to be sick in the most magical place on earth. Truth be told, I was hoping some of that magic would magically take away my sore throat, headache, cough, and congestion.
But I could not wait for that magic. I needed to drop to my knees and ask God to extend his grace and healing on me and whip up a batch of homemade chicken soup, because my Healing Chicken Soup always seems to have some serious healing powers.
My Homemade Chicken Soup is not like any other chicken soup you have had. It is your like your Grandma’s recipe stepped up a notch. It is still prepared slowly and love is poured out into it. But the broth is flavored with more than just celery and onions. There is a garlic, ginger, himilayan salt, and fresh lemons–all of which are known to combat illnesses. It is rounded out with carrots, potatoes and sweet potatoes to make it hearty and filling.
But I have several secrets that I am about to share with you on what truly makes this chicken soup stand out.
First, I start with a whole chicken. I do not like much skin on my chicken, so I pull off as much as I can while the chicken is raw. It is your call if you want the skin on or off. I recommend off for a less greasy broth, but bones in for rich flavor and the nutrional benefit of bone broth.
Seondly, I add in a bit of soy sauce for depth of flavor that can not be topped. If you are Paleo, use Coconut Amino Acids–that works wonders as well. I also add in half of a fresh jalapeno with the seeds removed for with the potatoes and carrots. That may sound crazy, but trust me, that bit of heat helps to clear out the sinuses quite well, but yet it is still mild enough for sensitive tummies and because I fish out the piece–no little bits of green to scare off the kids!
It is the best chicken soup around–so good in fact you may hope to get sick just so you can have an excuse to make it. Okay, let’s not make excuses, just eat and enoy this soup, sick or healthy!!
- 1 whole fresh chicken, giblets and skin removed (3-4 pounds)
- 12 cups water
- 2 onions, halved
- 1 inch knob of fresh ginger
- 1 head of garlic, cut in half to expose garlic
- 2 lemons, divided
- 4 small bay leaves or 2 large bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon Himilayan Pink salt, or kosher salt
- ½ tablespoon pepper
- 2 large russet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into ½ inch cubes (use 1 more sweet potato to keep it Paleo)
- 2 large sweet poatoes, scrubbed, peeled and cut into ½ inch cubes
- 3-4 large carrots, peeled and diced into ½ inch cubes
- ½ jalapeno, cut lengthwise and seeded
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- Place chicken, onions, garlic, ginger, 1 lemon, cut in half, bay leaves, salt, and pepper in large stock pot. Cover with fresh water.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for at least 5 hours, up to 8 hours.
- Remove chicken to a cutting board and strain out ginger, onion, garlic, bay leaves and lemon, leaving remaining broth simmering.
- Add in potatoes, carrots, jalapeno, and soy sauce and cook until vegetables are tender. About 20-30 minutes.
- Shred chicken meat and add back into soup, cooking until just heated through.
- Squeeze with fresh lemon and serve.
*Note: I prefer to fill this soup with veggies and serve with a freshly baked bread. If you would like to add noodles, whole wheat egg noodles added at the end of the cooking process work great.
**This soup also freezes well and is great to keep on hand for days you don’t feel well or need a warming meal. Just allow soup to cool completely and the freeze in freezer safe containers for up to 2-3 months.
By the way–we had a great time in Disney–and I didn’t end up with an infection from my cold. That is magical in my book for sure!
For more great soup recipes check out some from Food Network’s Let’s Dish:
The Lemon Bowl: Slow Cooker Chicken Pho
A Mind “Full” Mom: Healing Chicken Soup
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut & Lime
Foodtastic Mom: Slow-Cooker Squash Soup
Hey Grill Hey: Smoke Roasted Tomato Soup with Basil Cream
Devour: 4 One-Pot Soups, Because Who Has Time to Do the Dishes?
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Sweet Corn Soup
Creative Culinary: Roasted Poblano Pepper and Corn Soup
Healthy Eats: How to Transform Summer Tomatoes into Comforting Fall Soups
The Mom 100: Thai Chicken Noodle Soup
The Fed Up Foodie: Mom’s Chicken Gumbo Soup
The Wimpy Vegetarian: Italian Chickpea Stew with Swiss Chard
Taste with the Eyes: Michel Richard’s Asian Bistro Soup with Shrimp
FN Dish: The Very First Soup Recipes You Should Be Making This Fall