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Grammie’s Immune Boosting Chicken Noodle Soup


Chicken soup cures the soul. And the common cold. A real homemade bowl of chicken soup cures just about everything.

Do you agree it is one of the quintessential comfort foods?

The Story Behind Grammie’s Chicken Soup Recipe


My mom tells us stories of the chicken soup ritual that was part of her main diet growing up in Linden, New Jersey. My grandmother, who I called Grammie, used to make a big pot of chicken soup on Sundays. Back then food stretched to accommodate hungry stomachs, there was not a thought to waste a single part of a meal. The big pot of chicken soup eaten as leftovers for the few days after. The meat from the chicken taken off and used in the soup or made as part of a chicken salad for lunch the next day. I can still remember my grammie spending a good hour or two to take every single bit of edible meat off the chicken bones.

My grammie’s chicken soup was rich in taste and full of health. I could swear it would cure anything. I wanted to pass to you her chicken soup recipe. This is my adapted (albeit very slightly) version with a few secret touches that makes it even more immune boasting (see below).

Now when one of my four kids is feeling a bit under the weather, I know what my mom will say, “You should run out and buy a chicken, the kids need some good soup.”

Three Secret Ingredients in Grammie’s Chicken Noodle Soup That Help Boast Your Immune System

In general, chicken soup is an immune boasting soup. It hydrates the body and the vegetables increase your intake of immune boasting vitamins and minerals. Plus chicken soup is a good source of iron and protein, two other components that keep your immune system on track. Here are the three added bonuses that push this chicken soup recipe into a real healthy kick:

  1. Garlic, considered a superpower food for the immune system. It contains allicin, ajoene and thiosulfinates — three compounds that help the body prevent and fight infections.
  2. Parsley, the rich in Vitamin C fresh parsley added just before the end of the cooking process. These green leaves are packed with immune boasting Vitamin C.
  3. Fresh Lemon, the rich in Vitamin C lemon juice is added to the cooked soup just before serving. Lemon juice cuts the need for added salt and adds taste too.

Here is my step by step guide to making your immune boasting and delicious chicken soup in less than one hour.

1. Choose a high quality small (approximately 3 lbs or 1.5 kg) chicken.

 As an example, I used this farmed raised in fresh air and ready-to-cook chicken. (Fermier, elevé en plein air et prêt à cuire)).

2. Rinse chicken well with cold water and place it in a large cooking soup pot.

3.  Cover chicken completely with cold water until it is completely submerged.

4.  Heat water to a rapid boil and then lower temperature to a steady simmer.

5.  Get the rest of your soup ingredients ready: garlic, onions, celery with leaves, potatoes, carrots,red pepper.

These are some examples of what vegetables I use in my soup. You can be creative on which vegetables to put in and the quantity. Avoid cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, which leave a strong sulfur taste in the soup.

6. Back to the boiling chicken pot: skim the foam off the top of the soup and discard. Lower heat under soup to medium so the chicken is cooking at a quick simmer.

7. Prepare a cup of bouillon: mix 1 cube of vegetable or chicken bouillon dissolved in one cup of very hot water. Add this dissolved mix to soup pot.

8. Add one tablespoon of salt (preference sea salt or other high quality salt) to soup.

9. Now peel and chop vegetables, onions and garlic and add to the simmering chicken. If using celery use the whole celery including the leaves in soup. Chop garlic cloves in half.

10. Cover slightly and let soup simmer steadily for 45 minutes.

11. While the soup is simmering, prepare the noodles: Cook a half pound of noodles for the soup. I use whatever I have on hand, either egg noodles or macaroni.

12. Add a good dose of parsley to soup and let cook for 5 minutes more.

13. Turn off soup.

14. Juice a whole lemon and add to soup.

15. Very carefully (as chicken will be soft and ready to fall apart) remove chicken from pot and place on a dish.

16. Remove chicken meat from bone, chop meat to smaller pieces and add to soup. (Alternatively you can serve the chicken meat on the side)

17. Add cooked noodles to soup, adjust for seasonings and serve immediately.

Note: This soup tastes even better the next day. I make a large quantity and serve it two nights for dinner as the main course. (Using the lighter and later supper eating plan).

I cook my noodles for the soup separately from the soup. Then I add the noodles to soup directly or put a small part in each bowl and pour the hot soup over.

Bon Appetit!

x Mary

You can print out the recipe here:

Grammie’s Immune Boasting Chicken Noodle Soup

Serves 6
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 50 minutes
Total time 1 hour
Meal type Soup, Starter
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Serve Hot
An immune boasting delicious tasting chicken noodle soup. Guaranteed to warm your heart and soul (with the added bonus to keep you healthy).

Ingredients

  • 1 piece Whole Chicken (Choose a high quality small approximately 3 lbs or 1.5 kg chicken.)
  • Various Vegetables but avoid cruciferous (ex: celery with leaves, potatoes, carrots, red pepper. All peeled and chopped.)
  • 1 cube vegetable or chicken bouillon
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1/2lb noodles (macaroni or egg noodles )
  • 1 bunch parsley (just leaves)
  • 1 juice of whole lemon
  • 3 cloves garlic (chopped in half)
  • 1 Large onion (chopped)

Note

This soup tastes even better the next day!

 

Directions

Step 1
Choose a high quality small (approximately 3 lbs or 1.5 kg) chicken.
Step 2
Rinse chicken well with cold water and place it in a large cooking soup pot
Step 3
Cover chicken completely with cold water until it is completely submerged.
Step 4
Heat water to a rapid boil and then lower temperature to a steady simmer.
Step 5
Get the rest of your soup ingredients ready: garlic, onions, celery with leaves, potatoes, carrots, red pepper.
Step 6
Back to the boiling chicken pot: skim the foam off the top of the soup and discard. Lower heat under soup to medium so the chicken is cooking at a quick simmer.
Step 7
Prepare a cup of bouillon: mix 1 cube of vegetable or chicken bouillon dissolved in one cup of very hot water. Add this dissolved mix to soup pot.
Step 8
Add one tablespoon of salt (preference sea salt or other high quality salt) to soup.
Step 9
Now peel and chop vegetables, onions and garlic and add to the simmering chicken. If using celery use the whole celery including the leaves in soup. Chop garlic cloves in half.
Step 10
Cover slightly and let soup simmer steadily for 45 minutes.
Step 11
While the soup is simmering, prepare the noodles: Cook a half pound of noodles for the soup. I use whatever I have on hand, either egg noodles or macaroni.
Step 12
Add a good dose of parsley to soup and let cook for 5 minutes more.
Step 13
Turn off soup.
Step 14
Juice a whole lemon and add to soup.
Step 15
Very carefully (as chicken will be soft and ready to fall apart) remove chicken from pot and place on a dish.
Step 16
Remove chicken meat from bone, chop meat to smaller pieces and add to soup. (Alternatively you can serve the chicken meat on the side)
Step 17
Add cooked noodles to soup, adjust for seasonings and serve immediately.

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8 Responses to Grammie’s Immune Boosting Chicken Noodle Soup

  1. ~ The Lady in Red ~ November 14, 2012 at 16:12 #

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. Your family makes the best soups going back for generations!

    • mbrighton November 14, 2012 at 23:20 #

      Thanks Lady in Red! I know you also have some great recipes that go back generations on your wonderful website! Your compliment is greatly appreciated.

  2. Flo November 13, 2012 at 16:36 #

    Great minds think alike! We in Malaysia have this chicken soup too ( minus the lemon juice and peppers and plus goji baies and thin slices of roots). Traditional cooking is still the best. I just love your mouth watering pics Mary, great job.

    • mbrighton November 13, 2012 at 23:08 #

      Hi Flo! Didn’t know that Malaysians have a chicken soup too! Do you have a recipe or link to a recipe that you could share with us? Would love to try your version.

  3. christina November 12, 2012 at 03:11 #

    The smell of that soup brings me back of grammie showing me how to chop. Cut and dice. Remember to use egg noodles.

    • mbrighton November 12, 2012 at 22:49 #

      Hi Christina! Hard to find thin egg noodles here in France. I usually use whatever I have on hand in the pantry-some type of smaller pasta. But I am going to to look around for egg noodles to see what I can buy here.

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