Chicken Soup for the Soul & a Cold

It’s time that I share my family’s chicken soup recipe, which I learned from my mom (aka. Mama J) – and she learned from my Nonna (a.k.a. Ma).

Back in my Little Jen days, Mama J would whip up a batch of her magic soup when I had Little Jen sniffles. She took good care of me – and still does even though I’m all grown up.

AND now Big Jen makes this magic chicken soup for Mama J when she’s not feeling well. Ahhhhh, the circle of life.

So, if you’re craving a warm bowl of chicken soup or you’re looking for a great natural remedy during cold and flu season, I definitely recommend giving this recipe a try. It’s gluten, grain and dairy free.

P.S. I made a couple of modifications to the original recipe, which brings out extra flavour in the soup. Technically, you don’t have to sear the chicken and slightly cook the veggies before adding water, but the extra steps are well worth it 😉

Homemade Chicken Soup

INGREDIENTS: (serves 4+)
2 large bone-in chicken breasts (free-range, pastured)
6 carrots, finely chopped
6 celery sticks, finely chopped
1 large yellow onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp. avocado oil
2 tsp. sea salt
Filtered water

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Heat oil in a large pot and sear chicken breasts, 2-minutes per side. Set breasts aside.

2. Add onions and garlic into pot, stir and saute until fragrant.

3. Add carrots and celery and mix together with onions.

4. Add chicken breasts back into pot and fill pot to the top with water.

5. Add salt and bring to a boil. Let boil for a couple of minutes then reduce to a simmer and cover.

6. Let cook for at least 1-hour. The longer you cook the more flavour you’ll get.

7. Remove chicken from pot, place on a plate and shred.

8. If you want pureed chicken soup, add soup (minus the chicken) to a blender and blend until smooth. Add shredded chicken in after blending.

9. If you want a chunky chicken soup, leave as is and just add shredded chicken to the soup.