Secret Ingredients for Super-Powered Chicken Soup

Between holiday merriment, the traditional Thanksgiving sickies (my family always seems to get sick around Thanksgiving), and end-of-semester busyness, blogging has taken a backseat lately. I thought I’d pop in to say hi, though, and share my “recipe” for super-powered chicken soup, in case anyone else could benefit from a batch. (And I use the word “recipe” lightly–really, it’s just chicken soup with a couple unusual ingredients tossed in.)

Boil up a chicken with several cloves of minced garlic, and maybe some onion and bouillon for taste. When the chicken is cooked, remove it from the broth, take off the skin, and shred it up. If you’ve got a couple hours, you can cool the broth in the refrigerator and skim the grease off the top. Otherwise, just toss the meat back into the pot.

Add salt or chicken bouillon to taste, and toss in whatever veggies you like–I’m a fan of carrots, corn, and maybe green beans. Season to taste with oregano or other favorite seasonings.

Here’s the unusual part–I add curry powder or cayenne pepper (enough to relieve congestion, but not enough to make the kids hate it), a good deal of lemon juice (to help with sore, gunky throats and provide extra vitamin C), and chopped okra to give the soup a smooth, almost-but-not-quite slimy texture that slides easily down sore throats. It sounds weird, I know, but it tastes good and is very soothing.

Bring the soup to a boil and simmer until the veggies are cooked. I usually add the lemon juice and extra seasonings at the end, when I can gauge the taste. The soup freezes well, so there’s no harm in making up a huge batch and stashing some in the freezer for days when you don’t feel up to cooking.

And that’s about all the extra brain-power I have today, friends. Back to studying and soothing sick kiddos!

9 Responses to Secret Ingredients for Super-Powered Chicken Soup

  1. Diane November 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    Thanks Jenny! Will definitely give this a try. I make a nice chicken soup too, so will just add the secret ingredients next time. Maybe I can Barney to try some…not eating good and sure is sick. Can’t break the fever and chest feels like it’s on fire inside. He was due for hp replacement surgery tomorrow, so now that’s postponed. I may have to take him to urgent care tomorrow…please pray. With his disease, this is not good. Thanks, God Bless, Diane

    • Jenny Rae Armstrong November 27, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

      Oh, poor Barney! :-( I hope he feels better soon, and will pray along those lines. I’m taking two kiddos to the doctor tomorrow too, and depending on what their doc says, may take myself as well. I avoid them as much as possible, but antibiotics may be in order.

    • Jenny Rae Armstrong November 27, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

      P.S. The garlic is a crucial part of the recipe, too–it’s super-good for colds and flus!

  2. Helen Lee November 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    Oooh, love your secret ingredients! Must try next time…sounds delectable! Thanks for sharing your secrets! =)

  3. Tim November 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    Chicken and curry and garlic is such a great combination, Jen, yum!

    Hope you are all feeling better soon,

    • Jenny Rae Armstrong November 28, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

      Thanks Tim! Turns out at least three of us have strep, myself included. So now I’m using my soup broth to swallow antibiotics. Yikes!

  4. Laura Droege November 28, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    Sounds yummy! I love soup. I hope everyone on your end of the internet starts feeling better soon, and that you survive the end of the semester craziness. (I loved school, but I don’t miss that pre-exams insanity at all.)

    • Jenny Rae Armstrong November 28, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

      Thanks Laura! Yeah, school would be great if it weren’t for all the deadlines. 😀

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