Cold Remedy Chicken Soup

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Lately it’s impossible for me to keep my shirt clean for more than a couple of hours.

And that’s when BabyGirl doesn’t have a cold. Add snot and excessive drooling from teething, and I’m lucky if I can keep my shoulders slime-free for more than 15 minutes.

Unfortunately she wasn’t the only one who had a cold last week. It made its way through all of us. Because we don’t jump to the medicine cabinet for every sniffle, we went through all of our usual natural remedies (supplements, essential oils, vapo-rub, baths, smoothies, fresh air, lots of cuddling) including a couple of new ones I discovered from our Facebook chat. (Thanks, by the way!)

Recurring mentions of lemon, ginger, and garlic swirled in my little head, and since I was planning on making chicken soup for the kids, I threw those in for good measure. I also used coconut oil and homemade bone broth in the soup, both of which do your body good.

Adding ginger to the soup, I expected it to have a strong ginger flavor, but it just had more flavor in general. I made it the next day without ginger (we ran out. boo.) and I could tell a big difference. Not nearly as flavorful.

I also added some whole wheat orzo and topped it with fresh Parmesan shavings, but those are completely optional.

Did I mention this soup only takes about 30 minutes?

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Cold Remedy Chicken Soup

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: About 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 quart chicken broth (homemade if possible!)
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
3/4-1 lb uncooked boneless, skinless chicken (a large breast or a couple of thighs)
3 large carrots, peeled and diced
1 leek, trimmed, quartered and sliced into small pieces
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1-inch knob of fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated (with a Microplane if you have it)
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
juice from 1 large lemon
1/4 cup whole wheat orzo or other small pasta (optional)
Fresh Parmesan cheese shavings (optional)

Directions:

Bring the broth to a low simmer in a medium pot.

Bring the coconut oil to medium-high heat in a medium skillet. When the pan is hot, add the chicken breast to the skillet and brown on both sides. (It doesn't have to cook all the way through.) Transfer chicken to the pot with the broth and let it simmer while you cook the vegetables.

Add the carrots, leek, garlic, ginger, and thyme to the skillet. Stir often and cook until the onions begin to brown slightly. Transfer vegetables to the pot. (Add pasta, if using.) Let everything simmer for about 5-8 more minutes until the chicken is cooked through.

Removed the chicken, shred or dice, and put it back into the pot. Add lemon juice and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Ladle into bowls and top with cheese (if using).

Note: You can use 1/3 cup minced onion in place of the leek if you like.

from Perry's Plate


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10 Responses to “Cold Remedy Chicken Soup”

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    Stacy YarringtoN — February 11, 2013 @ 9:55 am

    Did you see the post on pinterest about cutting your carrots so they look like hearts in your soup?

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    • Natalie Perry replied: — February 11th, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

      Yes! I forgot about it until you said something. If I didn’t have a cold myself I would have taken the extra time. Those little hearts are so cute!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — February 11, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    Yes please!! Sounds divine.

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    Joanne — February 11, 2013 @ 6:10 pm

    This looks and sounds like such a big bowl of comfort! I like to think that all the ginger I eat protects me from getting sick most of the time…hopefully it helped cure you guys!

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    Courtney @ CardioQueen — February 11, 2013 @ 10:10 pm

    I was so excited to see this recipe. I have a cold/sore throat right now, and I’m going to buy the ingredients tomorrow to make this asap. It sounds so soothing right now!

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    Cara — February 12, 2013 @ 6:29 am

    I truly believe in the healing powers of chicken soup and it’s safe to say you’ve taken it up a notch with some great additions!

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    Lisa C — February 12, 2013 @ 6:40 am

    I made this last night and it was great…the ginger really did add a lot!
    As a side note, my husband is a semi-picky eater (I am not). Cooking for him since we have been married (2 yrs next month!) has been more of a challenge than I was used it (I love veggies, he loves meat ;) ). It has become a joke in our house because I have found that if you post a recipe and your daughters were big fans, typically he is a big fan as well. Your daughters’ stamps of approval mean a lot at our house to the point that if he really likes dinner he asks if it is “from that blog” :D

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    • Natalie Perry replied: — February 12th, 2013 @ 9:04 am

      I’m so glad you liked it! That’s really funny about your husband! I’ve had to use similar techniques to get my dad to eat veggies. I have to think of him in terms of a picky 4-year-old. But he’s far pickier than my kids!

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — February 12, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

    I’ve been battling a cold for over 2 weeks now! I need some of this stat!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — February 18, 2013 @ 9:48 am

    I hope you all have recovered! It’s bad enough taking care of a sick grown person. I can’t imagine having to deal with multiple little ones.

    And this looks great! I’m not a soup fan but the husband is so I’ll save this for the next cold. :) And love the ginger addition!

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