There’s nothing like a warming bowl of soup on a cold winter’s day. This simple yet tasty soup is a powerful and comforting remedy for colds, flu and sore throat — just perfect for this time of year.
Use organic ingredients where possible.
- 4 cups chicken stock
(homemade if possible, see below)
- 1 1/2 cups whole coconut milk or cream
- 1/4 tspn dried chilli flakes or fresh chilli
(reduce or increase according to personal preference)
- 1 tspn freshly grated ginger
- juice of 1 lemon or lime
- pinch sea salt or splash of fish sauce
- several shallots, very finely chopped (optional)
- 1 tblspn chopped coriander or a few fresh basil leaves (optional)
Bring the stock to the boil (if using homemade chicken stock, skim off any foam that rises to the top) and add coconut milk or cream, lemon or lime juice, chili and ginger. Simmer for about 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt or fish sauce.
Ladle into soup bowls or mugs and garnish with onions and coriander. Enjoy!
How to make REAL chicken stock
In folk wisdom, rich chicken broth was a valued remedy for the flu and modern research confirms its power to help fight a huge variety of infectious diseases and health problems.
It’s really easy to make real chicken stock, and it’s sooooooo nourishing. If you make a big batch, you can freeze it on small containers for later use.
All you need to do is place a whole organic chicken in a large stainless steel pot and cover it with water. Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 1 roughly chopped onion, 2 chopped carrots and 3 chopped celery sticks.
Let the chicken stand for 30 minutes to 1 hour, then bring it to the boil, skimming off any foam that rises to the top. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer with a lid on for 6 to 24 hours. About ten minutes before finishing the broth, add the parsley, which imparts additional minerals to the broth. About an hour into the simmering, slice off the fleshy parts to chop up and add to the soup (or other dishes, such as stir-fries).
Real chicken broth is extremely nourishing and satisfying, and it adds something special to your cooking that you just don’t get from pre-prepared stocks.
Are you a real chicken broth fan? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.