Soup is my favorite type of comfort food during this time of year. Not only is it a great way to add a variety of veggies to your diet, but it is also a mix of great health benefits.
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The delicious homemade healing chicken soup
There is no doubt that food has very powerful effects on our health. Eating healthy food leads to good health and will boost your immune system.
This especially becomes important during the winter months which for most people comes with a sore throat, common cold, flu, and upper respiratory infection.
This is when the Healing Chicken Soup recipe comes in as a must-have cold-fighting arsenal. It’s a classic chicken soup with a twist because it can make you feel better and tastes good too. Soup can help to reduce the length of your cold and this cold-fighting chicken soup is an extremely delicious medical miracle.
This is the best soup to have after every holiday party, vacation, and eating out. This great recipe is made with ingredients that will help get you back on track to feeling good and healthy.
With all of the intricate dishes that go onto the holiday table, it’s nice to get back to simple cooking, with fresh ingredients and a calming taste. This healing soup takes you back into your daily routine and is perfectly comforting. It’s a good chicken soup which will be a big hit with the whole family.
Why is this soup the best?
It’s Easy: The chicken vegetable soup recipe is easy and the step-by-step instructions make it easy to follow.
It can be made ahead: This healing chicken soup recipe can be made 2 or 3 days ahead of time which makes it great for meal prep.
It’s freezer-friendly: That means you can make a big batch that you can keep in the freezer for the next time someone in the family is sick.
The healing properties: Chicken bone broth like other bone broths is nutrient-dense, easy to digest, rich in flavor, and boosts healing. Vegetables are also nutrient-dense and often packed with antioxidant properties to remove toxins from your system and combine with chicken for a bowl of immune-boosting goodness.
Key Ingredients for the Healing Chicken and Vegetable Soup
- Chicken breast and Chicken legs or thighs: They make savory and flavorful bone broth which forms the base of this soup. The chicken bone broth makes for a hearty and flavorful soup with a strong taste.
- Large onion: The sharpness of onions adds savoriness and makes the soup taste good.
- Medium-sized carrots: The sweetness of carrots adds great flavor to the soup.
- Celery: Adds texture and healthy nutrients to this healing soup.
- Cloves of Garlic: Fresh garlic is a powerful aromatic and is a must for a perfect soup.
- Sage Powder: Its earthy, slightly, peppery taste and herbal aroma pairs well with other flavorful ingredients like garlic, and onion to make the best chicken soup.
- Onion Powder: For an extra boost of onion flavor.
- Salt and Black Pepper: To finish off the flavoring.
- Green Curly Kale: Kale is a nutrient powerhouse and the perfect green vegetable for this soup.
Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.
How to make Healing Chicken and Vegetable Soup
Step 1: Prepare the chicken
- Place chicken in a large pot and cover with water by 2 inches. Cover and bring to a boil until foam forms on top of the pot. Skim the foam off and discard.
2: Prepare the vegetables
- On a cutting board, chop the onion and kale. Slice the carrots and celery then mince the garlic.
3: Add ingredients to the pot
- Add all other ingredients except kale to the pot and bring to a rolling boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover the pot leaving a crack and simmer for 1 ½ -2 hours until meat begins to fall off the bone.
4: Debone the chicken
- Remove the chicken from the pot and allow the chicken to cool enough to handle then remove the bones, skin, and other unwanted parts.
5: Add the chicken meat back into the pot
- Get as much clean shredded chicken meat as you can from the chicken pieces and place them back in the pot along with the kale.
6: Finish the chicken soup and serve
- Bring soup to a simmer for a few more minutes until greens soften. Turn off the heat and serve warm. Enjoy!
How to store leftover
- Store leftover healing chicken soup in the fridge for up to 5 days in a sealed container. Reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Double up on the carrots if you don’t have any celery.
- You can add red pepper flakes to the soup for that extra spicy kick.
- If you taste the soup and feel that it’s not as zesty as you’d like, add a bit more salt or add a pop of flavor using a dash of fish sauce, Worcestershire sauce, or a squeeze of lemon juice.
When you’re sick, your body needs lots of liquids. Chicken soup also has anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe sore throats and will help you feel better overall.
Chicken bone broth like other bone broths is nutrient-dense, easy to digest, rich in flavor, and boosts healing. Bones and marrow, skin and feet, tendons and ligaments that you can’t eat directly can be boiled and then simmered to release healing compounds like collagen, proline, glycine, and glutamine.
It supports the immune system and helps prevent and reduce infections and is perfect for recovery as well. The amino acids that are produced when making chicken stock reduce inflammation in the respiratory system and improve digestion.
Chicken in soup releases amino acids which thins mucus in the lungs, aiding in chest decongestion and faster healing. Carrots produce vitamin A which helps create white blood cells which in turn help fight off infection.
Celery contains loads of vitamin C, which boosts your immunity. Kale is power-packed with vitamins A, C, and K and plays a vital role in fighting inflammation in the body.
Onions improve the immune system and the anti-inflammatory properties of onions can also help soothe respiratory ailments. Fresh Garlic contains compounds that may have antiviral properties and is widely recognized for its ability to fight bacteria, and viruses and reduce the severity of illnesses like the flu and common cold.
Other delicious chicken soup recipes
The Classic Easy Homemade Classic Chicken Noodle Soup with Potatoes is a comforting meal for those chilly evenings.
This Tangy Smoked Tomatoes Chicken Soup with Vegetables is hearty, nutritious, delicious and kid-friendly.
The Quick and Easy Chicken Soup with Tortillas is authentic, chunky, perfectly spiced, and quick to make.
More Soup Recipes to Try Out
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The Healing Chicken and Vegetable Soup Recipe
- 2 chicken breasts, bone-in
- 2 chicken legs or thighs, bone-in
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 4 medium-sized carrots, sliced into rounds
- 2 stalks celery, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tsp sage powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 1 large pinch black pepper
- 2 cups green kale, chopped
- Place chicken in a large soup pot and cover with water by 2 inches.2 chicken breasts,, 2 chicken legs or thighs,
- Bring water to a boil until foam forms on top of the pot. Skim foam off and discard.
- Add all other ingredients except kale to the pot and bring to a rolling boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover pot leaving a crack and simmer for 1 ½ -2 hours until meat begins to fall off the bone.1 large onion,, 4 medium-sized carrots,, 2 stalks celery,, 2 cloves garlic,, 2 tsp sage powder, ½ tsp onion powder, 1 Tbsp salt, 1 large pinch black pepper
- Remove chicken from pot and allow the chicken to cool enough to handle. Remove meat from the bone and place it back in the pot along with the kale.2 cups green kale,
- Allow soup to simmer for a few more minutes until greens soften. Turn off heat and serve warm.
- Use bone in chicken, skinless.
- Add salt and spices to taste.