Immune Boosting Chicken Soup
What's great about it
When I was a little, my great Aunt used to make this amazing Polish chicken soup called Rosól to help fight colds or flu. It was amazing and you could instantly feel it's healing effects with every mouthful. Garlic, turmeric and ginger are potent detoxifying and antiviral herbs to help the body get rid of toxins, stimulate circulation, reduce inflammation, aid digestion and boost your immune system. Coriander also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help fight disease. Adding a little protein such as chicken will supply your body with essential amino acids your body needs to heal and nourish. The perfect ingredients to help you get through the winter!
10 cloves garlic, smashed (approx 1 whole bulb)
2 tablespoon finely grated ginger
1 tablespoon fresh grated turmeric (see notes)
3 litres water
1 leek, sliced
1 kg chicken thighs, chopped
2 bunches of coriander, chopped
¼ cup (60 ml / 2 oz) mirin
2 - 3 tablespoons tamari
3 spring onions, sliced
noodles to serve (optional)
- Combine the chicken, leek, garlic, turmeric, ginger and water into a large pot. Bring to the boil and reduce the heat.
- Cook for 45 - 60 minutes over a gentle heat until chicken thighs are cooked through and flavours have infused into the stock.
- Add mirin, tamari, spring onion and coriander just before serving.
- Serve in large bowls with or without noodles and enjoy.
Notes and Inspiration
Vegetarians can use vegetable stock in place of chicken stock and use organic silken tofu in place of the chicken to boost protein.
For lane kluski (polish for egg noodles) beat 2 eggs and pour in a thin stream over the simmering stock for the best egg noodles you'll ever eat.
Fresh turmeric is available from your local grocer. if using dry then only use 1/4 teaspoon but fresh is best for it's anti-viral properties
A little chilli or my XO Sauce can be added for a little heat
Other vegetables can be added if you like such as shiitake mushroom, spinach, kale.