Chicken soup may contain substances with beneficial activity including an anti-inflammatory effect that could ease the symptoms of colds and other upper respiratory infections. Because of its healing power for respiratory illnesses like the common cold chicken soup has been called "Jewish penicillin”.
• 1 4 pound chicken, rinsed
• 1 medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped
• 1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped
• 3 cloves garlic
• ¼ cup freshly chopped parsley leaves, stems reserved
• 2 dried bay leaves
• 2 teaspoons coarse salt
• ¼ teaspoon dried thyme, ground
• ½ teaspoon dried whole rosemary, ground
• ⅛ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
• ⅛ teaspoon ground white pepper
• ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
• 3 cloves garlic
• - water to cover
Ingredients: Soup Vegetables
• 2 cups yellow onion, chopped
• 1 cup carrots, peeled and sliced ½ inch thick
• 1 cup parsnips, peeled and sliced ½ inch thick
• 1 cup celery, sliced ¼ inch thick
Note: For chicken noodle soup, bring soup to a gentle boil; add cooked pasta noodles. For chicken rice soup, substitute cooked long-grain rice for the noodles. Simmer until heated through.
1. Place chicken in a large black cast iron pot breast-side down.
2. Add parsley stems, onion, celery, garlic, bay leaf, thyme, rosemary, cayenne white and black pepper.
3. Cover with water by at least two inches, season with salt.
4. Bring the water slowly to a boil over high heat
Note: Note: you don’t want the stock to boil rapidly or the soup will turn out murky and cloudy.
5. Adjust the heat so that a slow, lazy simmer is established.
6. Cover partially and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 2 hours.
7. Remove the chicken and let rest until cool enough to handle.
8. Skim any foam that rises to the top and discard.
9. Strain solids from broth and discard.
10. Skin and bone chicken, leaving the meat in large chunks; set aside
11. Skim as much fat as possible from the surface of the broth.
12. Add the chopped onions, carrots, parsnips, and celery.
13. Continue to simmer until the broth is fully flavored and the vegetables crisp tender, about 45 minutes.
14. Remove bay leaves and parsley stems from the broth, and discard.
15. Add reserved chicken.
16. Heat through then ladle into a bowl.
17. Garnish with chopped parsley, and serve immediately.
Note: If this “Jewish penicillin” doesn’t cure your cold, mix together in an Old Fashion glass:
• 1½ ounces of bourbon
• 2 ounces of hot water
• Tablespoon of lemon juice
• Tablespoon of sugar
If you have enough of these you won't even know you have a cold.
Chinese herbal and food lore would disagree about the curative effects:
For the benefits of chicken:
Chicken soup is believed to be preventative and an immune system booster in combination with certain ingredients.
So whether you subscribe to the "Jewish penicillin" or Chinese lore, either way chicken soup is healthy and nourishing.
Another chicken soup recipe (Korean) can be found here: