Chicken Soup For a Cold

Chicken soup

 

There is nothing more comforting for a cold than a hot bowl of soup. That steaming bowl of goodness makes you feel instantly cheered. It also helps that soup is a great way to pack in the needed nutrients to help fight a cold.

Broths are excellent at breaking down the cold and clearing the infection. Chicken soup in particular is excellent as it contains amino acids and has an anti inflammatory/ antioxidant effect on the body. This recipe has garlic, parsley and carrots along with other veg, which will help your body to fight back.

This soup is super easy, yes I went there, and delicious. It makes a large batch, so make it, enjoy it and freeze any leftovers for next time you need a comforting bowl.

 

Chicken Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 carrots peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery roughly chopped
  • 1 white onion sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 leak trimmed and sliced
  • 6 old potatoes peeled and cut into large chunks
  • handful of tarragon
  • handful of thyme
  • handful of parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 whole chicken 
  • 1 stock cube
  • water to cover the ingredients
  • Corn on the cob de cobed (or a tin of sweetcorn)

Prep>30 mins    Cook>3 hrs

  1. Pick the deepest pan you have.
  2. Heat the oil in the pan and add everything except the chicken, stock cube and water. Stir and colour the veggies slightly.
  3. Add the chicken and water, making sure to cover all the ingredients and add the stock cube.
  4. Bring to the boil. Reduce to a medium heat and simmer for around 3 hours. About 20 mins before the end add the corn kernels.
  5. The chicken should fall off the bones easily at this point. Remove any bones, carefully checking there is none in the pan. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.
  6. Optional – take a quarter of the soup and blend it. This gives more of a thick soup. Don’t do this if you want a broth or can’t be bothered!

 

A delicious and easy chicken soup. Not the first thing you feel like doing when you have a cold but I promise I will be so worth it. Better still get someone else to make it for you!

 

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