When I was a kid, it was my grandparents who looked after me and my sister while our parents were away working. Anyhow, being seniors, grandpa and grandma were very conservative and “traditional”. At times when I was not feeling well and had a cold and flu, my very sweet grandmother used to feed me with chicken soup. I know many of you could relate to this. It’s like a culinary cure-all thing. 🙂
But really, if you take a look at the health benefits of chicken soup, it is extraordinary. More so if it contains various vegetables like celery, potatoes, and carrots. When fighting a cold, it is essential to stay hydrated, and that’s exactly what the broth can do for you and then some. It is also expected that you’d experience loss of taste, but adding some seasonings to the soup would definitely help.
The chicken, on the other hand, is packed with protein that can boost your immune system. It also contains lots of vitamins and minerals. The same is true with the vegetables. One good thing about it is that you have plenty of options when it comes to veggies.
Chicken vegetable soup is not only good when you are sick. It is a great way to warm up as well, especially during the wintertime, which should be here before you know it.
There is nothing more comforting than having a bowl of this vegetable chicken soup when you are not feeling well or even if you simply want to warm up on a chilly night. With shredded chicken and some vegetables, the health benefits are amazing!
10 c. chicken broth
4 c. shredded chicken
4 medium carrots (cut)
3 medium celery stalks (sliced)
2 medium potatoes (cut)
salt and pepper
- Put the chicken broth in a large pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, add carrots, celery, as well as potatoes.
- Reduce heat and simmer until the veggies are cooked and tender. This should take about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Add chicken and season with salt and pepper.
- Cook for about 5 minutes.
You have the option to prepare the broth and chicken ahead of time. Make the soup base and simply store in an airtight container. Do the same thing with the shredded chicken. You can make both ingredients 2 to 3 days in advance.
This chicken soup recipe is versatile. Aside from the listed ingredients above, you can add broccoli, mushroom, and corn, too. Doing this should significantly increase the nutritional value of your soup. Now if you are serving this to a sick family member, especially one with a cold, you might want to add more seasonings, such as Old Bay, oregano, and garlic powder. All this would make the soup tastier.
This simple chicken vegetable soup is quite easy to prepare and cook. It’s a perfect meal during a cold winter night. Plus, it can provide you with lots of vitamins and minerals that your body needs.