Winter is definitely in full swing!!! For winter lovers like myself, this is fantastic news! The only downfall is that the winter season also marks the beginning of cold and flu season. YUCK! Anyone that has suffered through a cold or the flu knows how miserable it can be. I’ve got good news though! One of the most natural and effective remedies for these ailments is good old chicken soup! The following pin links to a site that explains the benefits of chicken soup in helping colds and flus.
Studies have shown that an amino acid released from chicken during cooking chemically resembles the drug acetylcysteine. This drug is used in the treatment of colds and bronchitis! Also, common ingredients such as garlic and vegetables have bacteria and virus fighting properties that can aid in fighting a cold or flu. On top of these things, the steam that we inhale while eating a nice hot bowl of chicken soup can help to clear up sinuses and just make us feel more comfortable in-between all our sniffling and sneezing!
I’m going to share my magic chicken soup recipe with you all. Anytime I feel under the weather, I make a big batch of the chicken soup, and it always helps! It’s an incredibly simple soup, but that’s one of the reasons that I like to make it when I’m not feeling well. It’s easy! Nobody wants to be slaving away over the stove when they feel sick. The taste is amazing, and it feels like a hot bowl of hug. It’s that comforting!
MAGIC CHICKEN SOUP
- 1.5 lbs. of boneless skinless chicken breast
- 2 cups of celery, chopped
- 1 large red onion, chopped
- 1.5 cups of carrots, chopped
- 4+ garlic cloves, minced (the more the better if you’re under the weather)
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- sea salt, to taste
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
1.) Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the chicken breasts and cook for 45 minutes. When done, take the chicken breasts out of the water and set the water you used to cook the chicken in aside. Once the chicken has cooled some, cut into small bite size pieces.
2.) In another large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, and carrots. Cook for about 10 minutes, until the vegetables begin to soften.
3.) Add the chicken pieces, garlic powder, and sea salt. Stir to combine.
4.) Pour the water that you cooked the chicken in into the pot until it just covers the chicken and veggies.
5.) Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, and let simmer for 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, and enjoy it’s healing powers!
Ahhh, a big bowl of hug! Enjoy! 🙂