Homemade Chicken Soup (bone broth)
So you all know by now that I am completely obsessed with bone broth. If you missed the reasons why I love bone broth read this article and if you missed my tips on how to make the BEST bone broth review right here. Bone broth is my go to remedy for EVERYTHING. When in doubt....bone broth. It is a healing tonic that I use time and time again.
Chicken soup (made from bone broth) is a miracle for colds. And I feel it's important you all are utilizing this magic potion. The weather has been crazy here in Santa Fe. Super warm one day then super cold the next....that is just asking for illness. Bone broth inhibits infection, fights inflammation, and helps heal your gut and promote healthy digestion. You may wonder how digestion has anything to do with a cold...but most of your immune system is actually in your gut! So a healthy gut is a healthy YOU!
If you aren't willing to take my word for it there is a widely cited study that was published by Dr. Stephen Rennard of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha in the medical journal Chest in 2000. conducted laboratory tests to determine why chicken soup might help colds, beginning with his wife’s homemade recipe, handed down by her Lithuanian grandmother. Using blood samples from volunteers, he showed that the soup inhibited the movement of neutrophils, the most common type of white blood cell that defends against infection. Dr. Rennard theorizes that by inhibiting the migration of these infection-fighting cells in the body, chicken soup essentially helps reduce upper respiratory cold symptoms.
Oriental medicine has historically used chicken soup (bone broth) to heal patients after surgery or after childbirth. Often times extra herbs are added to strengthen it's benefits but you can still reap the benefits with ingredients you have in your kitchen.
Here's my simple homemade chicken soup recipe that I make about once a week. I find it's easier to consume bone broth as a meal (in a soup) rather than as a beverage. I also supplement with gelatin...which is a hydrophilic colloid from the bone broth that helps heal and seal your gut and promote healthy digestion. It attracts and holds liquids, including digestive juices, thereby supporting proper digestion. If regular bone broth isn't doable but you'd still like to reap the health benefits you may consider supplementing with gelatin. You can mix a small amount in food, tea, coffee, cook with it, etc. I currently offer a high quality pasture raised beef gelatin in my shop.
Homemade Chicken Soup
- Roasted chicken (whole chicken, thighs, legs...doesn't matter but you want bone in...you just determine how much meat you want in your soup)
- 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 onion (chopped)
- 6 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 inch grated ginger
- 8 oz mushrooms (chopped)
- dark leafy greens of your choice....I like kale (stems out & chopped)
- 6 carrots (chopped)
- Any other veggies you love
How to make it
You place the roasted chicken (without the skin) and vinegar in a big pot and cover with 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 4 hours. Strain the chicken and pull out all the bones. Put the meat back into the broth. Throw the remainder of the ingredients in with meat and broth. Bring back to a boil and then simmer for another 45 min or until to your liking. Let cool and enjoy ;-)