Chicken Soup for the Body

Your mother was right — when you’re sick, chicken soup is the best medicine. There’s no denying that when you’re feeling stuffed up and miserable, a bowl of chicken soup can bring relief. (My husband and I both confirmed this in independent taste tests yesterday, he with a bowl of Chinese chicken dumpling soup, I with homemade chicken and cabbage soup.) If you can’t order in, though, chances are good that you have all the ingredients to make chicken soup on hand and that you can have a bowl ready in less than 30 minutes, even in your sorry state. Here’s a basic recipe that can be modified to fit your tastes and the ingredients on hand. This is also a great recipe for cleaning out the bits and pieces of leftover vegetables that accumulate in the refrigerator during the week.

Chicken Soup

Serves: 2
Time to make: ~30 minutes

What you’ll need:

  • 3 cups chicken stock (store-bought is fine)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • dried herbs to taste
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ lb. boneless chicken breast, diced small and seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 1½ cups diced vegetables — whatever you have in the fridge will probably work fine, presuming you went to the store sometime before you got sick
  • ½ cup small pasta, noodles, potatoes or beans
  1. Heat the stock with the bay leaf and herbs in a sauce pot to a simmer
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil over medium-high in a large soup pot
  3. Add the vegetables and saute until they start to soften
  4. Add the chicken and let brown
  5. Pour in the heated stock
  6. Add the pasta or other starch
  7. Simmer until the pasta and chicken are cooked through, about 10 minutes

Notes: Depending on the vegetables you have available, you will want to vary cooking times. For instance, you will need to saute firmer vegetables like onions, carrots and celery longer than softer vegetables like cabbage, spinach and green beans. Remember that the vegetables will finish cooking in the stock.

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3 thoughts on “Chicken Soup for the Body

  1. Marty 26 February 2007 at 4:17 pm

    What a lifesaver. I wish I were at home tonight to have soup with you.

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