I love me some chicken soup, just not the kind you find pre-made in the grocery store. That isn’t real chicken soup and it has literally no medicinal value. It’s not going to help you get over a cold or boost your immune system. In fact, those soups are usually full of sketchy ingredients like MSG, which does no favors to your immune system.
This chicken soup is actually homemade. The broth is full of gut healing collagen along with a ton of vitamins and minerals – the exact nutrients to boost the immune system.
It’s actually really easy to make your own chicken broth, especially if you have a family. Simply buy a whole chicken (preferably organic) and roast it in the oven on 400 for about an hour to an hour and a half. Make sure to put butter under the skin and salt and pepper and maybe some olive oil on top.
Either eat the chicken throughout the week, or shred it to toss on salad, make chicken salad, whatever you like. Then you can make broth with the carcass! I swear, it’s the most delicious broth you’ve ever tasted in your life.
- 2 cups homemade chicken broth (to make this, use leftover chicken bones. I bought a whole chicken, took the meat off to eat throughout the week, tossed it in the crockpot with salt, onion, celery and carrots, covered it in filtered water and let it simmer for a day – store bought stock is NOT the same and doesn’t have all the beneficial nutrients)
- 1/2 white onion, diced
- 1 carrot, diced
- 1 celery stalk, diced
- 1/2 cup cooked chicken, chopped
- 1 tsp 21 Seasoning Salute from Trader Joe’s (get it here)
- dill to garnish
- *if you truly cannot make your own bone broth, this is the next best option
- Add everything except the chicken and dill to a pot.
- Turn to medium heat.
- Let it simmer for 20 minutes.
- Add the chicken and let it warm (you just don’t want it to dry out cooking more). If you’re using uncooked chicken, toss it in at the beginning
- Pour into a bowl and garnish with dill.