I have been a vegetarian for a long time now however my family are a long way off being veggie. So whenever themselves are unwell, as the case has been over the past week, then we get to brewing up a big pot of chicken soup. Chicken soup has long been a ‘kitchen cure’ for colds and flu, even the scientists have proved that it does have benefits, and it is quick and easy comfort food when you are feeling under the weather.
Hot fluids in general are great for helping clear all those ‘blockages’ in the sinuses and re-hydrating you. If you pop in a whole heap of other kitchen cures you will have a great healing meal. Thyme for coughs, Sage for sore throats, garlic for its antibacterial properties, ginger for its anti-inflammatory properties (and loads more beside) and a whole heap of vegetables along with chicken on the bone makes an awesome meal to help the healing along. If nothing else though soup is incredibly comforting when you are feeling yuck.
Lots of families have their tried and true recipes however if you don’t here is one to start you off. After that experiment and enjoy!!
Becoming Healthy Chicken Soup
- Chicken on the bone (I use 2 chicken breasts with the skin on)
- Garlic (the more you can sneak in the better)
- 1 large onion
- Dried thyme
- Dried sage leaves
- Ginger (fresh is better however ground is fine)
- Vegetables of your choice – chopped or diced depending on your preference.
-Chop the garlic and onion finely. Fry off little with some olive oil in a large pot.
-Add in the chicken and brown a little.
-Add in the vegetables for a quick fry then add in the herbs, stirring to ensure they don’t stick to the bottom.
-Cover with water and gently boil until the vegetables are soft and the chicken cooked through and is beginning to come away from the bone if knocked.
-Take the chicken out of the pot and get all the meat off, including the skin, then chop and return the meat only to the pot.
-Allow to sit for a bit before serving.
Hope this finds you all healthy, happy and enjoying your home comforts