Hearty Chicken Soup for Colds and Flu
11/22/2019 / By Bobbi Bruce / Comments
Hearty Chicken Soup for Colds and Flu

Feeling a little under weather? A steaming bowl of chicken soup always hits the spot. This recipe in particular is chock-full of nutrients and antioxidants that can boost your immune system, as well as keep you warm and cozy on these cold days. Adding ingredients like mushrooms, kale, chickpeas, and garlic gives this soup a nutrient boost that’ll help you stay healthy.

Don’t be too alarmed by the amount of garlic. This pungent herb is known to have potent medicinal properties, including the ability to fight off sicknesses like the common cold.

Kale, one of the healthiest greens around, can assist in detoxification and promotes the well-being of the skin.

Ingredients

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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups baby kale leaves
  • 1 (15 oz) can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 10 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 large celery stalks, chopped

Preparation

  1. In a large Dutch oven or large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and sauté the onions, carrots and celery, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes. Afterward, add the garlic and mushrooms. Sauté for another 3 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken stock, bay leaves, salt, chickpeas and crushed red pepper before bringing the pot to a boil. Then, mix in the shredded rotisserie chicken. Cover the pot and turn down the heat, bringing the soup to a simmer for about 15–20 minutes.
  3. Finish off the soup by adding the kale. Cover and simmer for another 5 minutes. Before serving, discard the bay leaves and enjoy.

Whether you’re looking for relief from your colds or you just want to satisfy your cravings, this hearty chicken soup is the perfect remedy.

Sources:

EatYourselfSkinny.com

Healthline.com

NaturalFoodSeries.com

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