Chicken Soup for the Flu

For at least 900 years, the healing properties of chicken soup have been noted and regarded as weird by the medical community. For years studies have been conducted to try to figure out just why chicken soup does make us feel better. It seems too been left at that it’s simply magic. Studies have shown that chicken soup does in fact contain certain ‘drug like’ agents that minimize inflammation. Apparently, the soup inhibits the tendency of certain white cells to congregate. The reasons why are still a mystery and in one study, the soup was diluted 200 times and still produced the same result. So with that being said can soup is as good for you as the homemade stuff but of course homemade taste much better.  

We have been having crazy weather here in Riyadh all month, nothing that I have ever seen especially at this time of year. One day it’s pouring and the next a major sandstorm then cold and hot. With that kind of weather it seems to be the perfect recipe for the flu. This past weekend my husband starting showing the first symptoms of the flu so I quickly whipped up my fast yet healing chicken soup. I love this soup during anytime, it taste great.

4 cups water
1/2 rotisserie chicken, cooked and shredded
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon curry powder
2 tablespoons fresh diced ginger
2 garlic cloves, diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 medium potato, peeled and diced
1 small white onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon pepper

1. In a 4-quart saucepan on high heat add water, chicken, salt, curry powder, ginger, garlic, carrot, potato, onion and pepper, stir well.

2. Add lid, reduce heat to low and allow cooking for 30 minutes.

Yields: 4 servings

6 fabulous comments:

  1. From Yeast to Zest4/21/2012

    I think I see crushed chili flakes? I always add them to my bowl with a little lemon. Yumm!

  2. raquel4/21/2012

    My mom used to cook chicken soup for me when I was sick. This one looks like it, maybe more delicious. Thanks for sharing =)

  3. Noor4/21/2012

    Zelia yea I add them to lots of things :)

    Raquel thank you :) homemade soup always makes me feel better.

  4. Shobha4/22/2012

    Looks so light and appetizing.

  5. muslimathome4/22/2012

    Wow! I never thought about adding curry powder. I'll try that next time I make chicken soup.

  6. Noor4/22/2012

    Thank everyone yea a good chicken soup should always be clear. And the curry powder makes it amazing after you try it you can never go back, it really adds the taste plus opens you up.


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