Wednesday, October 19, 2011

To Your Health Chicken Soup

It has been a rainy day here in Brooklyn and since my little munchkin has been feeling a little sniffly I though I would make some chicken soup to scare away any lingering cold germs. I have always been a believer in the medicinal powers of a good pot of chicken soup. The fat from the chicken skin combined with a few choice ingredients like garlic and ginger (known for their disease fighting qualities) along with some veggies for an extra boost of vitamins and flavor, are also a great way to get some comfort on gloomy days. Here is my recipe:

3 TBSP olive oil
1 dozen chicken drumsticks
4 large garlic cloves (crushed/minced)
1 large green onion (sliced thin)
2 celery stalks (sliced thin)
8 cups of water
1 large carrot (grated)
3 medium Yukon Gold potatoes (cut into small squares)
2 inch piece of ginger (Sliced thin)
A handful of fresh Cilantro/Coriander leaves
Salt and pepper to taste

Start by heating the oil in a deep soup pot and add in the chicken drumsticks and brown them in the oil. Add the garlic, green onion and celery and saute until the garlic has browned slightly and the onions and celery are letting out their beautiful aromas. Add the water and follow by adding the carrots, potatoes, ginger, cilantro, salt and pepper.Bring to a boil and then lower heat to medium letting the ingredients simmer for 25-30 minutes. Take out the chicken, allow to cool. once cool debone the chicken and shred into small pieces. Add the chicken back to the soup and serve. 

I know it is not fancy eats, but this stuff will get you back in the good spirits in no time. That is what good food is supposed to do for you.  


  1. We are on the same wavelength because I spent last weekend making bone broth. I hope the soup worked it's magic. It sounds wonderful. I love reading your posts!

  2. Fill me in on this bone broth. Need to know what you are cooking up, how you do it and what you use it for.

  3. I've been obsessed by it and too nervous/lazy to try it until last weekend. And it turns out to be the easiest thing in the world. You basically cook bones with water and apple cider vinegar (just a splash) and some veggies for 12-24 hours (I used the crock pot). It gets all the nutritious minerals out of the bones and gives you a flavorful stock. I made three batches with the same chicken bones and froze them. Probably could have made more but I was tired of smelling it. Here's a link: