Immune-boosting Chicken Soup
By Joanne Aponte, ND • March 28, 2020
This recipe is SIBO friendly and low fodmap.
There is actually some science to support chicken soup as a cold remedy! Chicken soup may block the migration of white blood cells to the upper respiratory tract and (according to a 2012 study in the American Journal of Therapeutics) may reduce the inflammation in the early stages of viral disease because of its carnosine content.
- 2 large organic chicken breasts
- 3 cups organic chicken stock or bone broth
- 1 Leek
- 1 large carrot
- 1 stalk of celery
- 1 tsp-tbsp grated fresh ginger (depending on how much bite you like)
- 1 tsp powdered ginger
- 1 tbsp Garlic infused olive oil
- Fresh parsley, stems chopped finely in the stock and leaf chopped to add at the end of the cook
- 1 lemon
- Salt and pepper to taste
Thinly slice chicken breasts while still frozen and set aside to thaw. This makes the chicken feel like noodles when you eat and creates a thicker soup. You can slice raw fresh chicken breasts if you wish.
Chop leeks, carrot, celery and parsley stems. Heat a heavy pan and sauté the leek and fresh ginger until soft and aromatic, add the vegetables and sauté 5 min.
Add chicken stock to the pot and bring to a simmer, add chicken and ½ of chopped parsley leaves and cook until chicken is tender, add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve sprinkled with fresh parsley and finely grated lemon zest and lemon wedges on the side. I like a little squeeze of lemon juice in mine.
If you are on Semi Restricted you may add ¼ cup of cooked rice or quinoa to your bowl before ladling over the hot soup.
Note: If you are not on a SIBO or low Fodmap diet add garlic and onion to this recipe. Mushrooms would also be a nice addition and provide even more immune boosting effect.
Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health practitioners with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.