Healthy Chicken Soup Recipe (Fighting off the cold & flu)
Healthy Chicken Soup Recipe
In today’s post, I’m sharing a soup recipe that I should have shared years ago! One soup that is packed with superfoods that can help fight off the cold & flu. I have been sick with the bad flu and cold and I wish I made this soup 2 weeks ago. Help fight off the nasty flu and cold with this tasty soup. You need simple ingredients but ingredients that are packed with amazing properties.
Ginger, turmeric, garlic, chicken, and lemon. Those ingredients combined will help you combat the cold or flu.
My dad makes this crazy tonic for years and years. It consists of ginger, turmeric, garlic, lemon, and honey. He brews this tonic for about an hour or so, and then refrigerates it. He will drink this on a daily, and I kid you not he doesn’t get sick. Why didn’t I drink this? The smell is really interesting, but I think he knows the trick to staying healthy. So, I created a soup that is quite similar with the addition of chicken and a few more ingredients. I do hope you enjoy this soup. Stay healthy and strong this winter.
Healthy Chicken Soup Recipe
- 2 chicken breasts
- 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 leek, diced
- 1 white onion, diced
- 6-8 garlic cloves, grated
- 1 ginger root, grated
- 4 large russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 4 large carrots, peeled and diced
- 4 celery stalks, diced
- 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder
- Pinch of tarragon
- Pinch of thyme or rosemary
- 1 chicken bouillon or you can use vegetable
- 2 bay leaves
- 6 cups of cold water
- Salt & pepper for taste
- 2 lemons (reserve the juice)
- Freshly chopped parsley
In a large pot add the olive oil over medium heat. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and brown on both sides.
Remove the chicken and set it aside on a plate.
Saute the leeks, onion, garlic, and ginger over medium heat in the same pot. Add in the celery, carrots, and potatoes. Stir to combine, then add the turmeric, tarragon, thyme, and salt & pepper.
Whisk together the bouillon and water then add to the pot. Add the bay leaves, and place the chicken back inside the pot. Cook mixture over medium heat covered for about 35 minutes or until the chicken and potatoes are tender.
Once the soup is ready, you can remove the chicken and bay leaves. Toss the leaves, and then shred the chicken. Add the chicken back to the pot and then serve with fresh lemon juice and chopped parlsey. Season to taste.
Hi. My hubby makes the same thing your dad makes for a cold. So the soup is amazing. But I didn’t put turmeric or ginger. I was scared I wouldn’t like it. But. I am feeling a bit better for now. And you? Are you any better?
Hoping we both feel great soon.
Hi Bia! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog. I’m really happy you tried the soup. Ginger and turmeric are really good key ingredients to help fight a cold but it’s okay maybe next time you can try it in baby steps. 🙂 I’m so glad you are feeling better. Yes, finally I felt good about a week ago.
Hi Bia! How are you feeling? Hopefully better? So happy your hubby makes something similar like my dad’s tonic. Happy happy New Year to you and I hope it’s a good one
Happy holidays. Bia
To you too Bia! Thank you so much.
Hi. I hope your feeling much better. I was also under the weather cough and phlegm and sinus infections. Dr gave Antibiotics. My nose was like a faucet running. So I will be making this this week. But wanted to ask you. Do you ever wash your chicken before cooking it? I have asked some cooks and they never reply. I wonder. Cause some say bacteria spreads when you wash it. So I don’t wash anymore. A 2nd question is Tumeric, what is the taste likee in the soup, I have never tried. Cause usually us Greeks don’t use it right? Anyways I will be writing back for the soup. Thx much for recipe. Bia
Hi again. No, I usually don’t wash the chicken before cooking it.
Turmeric has an earthy flavor to it and it’s very beneficial for you. If you don’t really care for the taste, I would add it to smoothies first to see if you like that.
Greeks normally don’t use turmeric that often, but I love the benefits of it.