Immune boosting chicken soup

Immune boosting chicken soup

In winter, germs are all around, especially this year with COVID. What can you do to avoid getting sick? Try this immune-boosting soup and you will be feeling fantastic! All the ingredients are so wonderful for you and the little ones too. 

Here’s what we’ve packed into this delicious dish:

  • Chicken-perfect protein to support your production of disease fighting immune molecules 
  • Onion helps to break down mucous 
  • Garlic-natural antibiotic 
  • Ginger stimulates circulation enabling more efficient clearing of toxins 
  • Mushroom-have properties that are anti-cancer so can help fight any nasty bugs 
  • Macaroni-great carbohydrate source for energy 
  • Lemon – helps to lifts your mood 
  • Parsley-high in iron which stimulates immunity 
  • Goji berries-traditionally used in China in convalescence, specifically in broths.

Immune boosting chicken soup – Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 600g chicken mice ( or shredded chicken ) 
  • 1L chicken stock ( or vegetable stock, or water if you don’t have anything ) 
  • 1 brown onion, chopped finely 
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped finely 
  • 1 small piece of fresh ginger, chopped finely ( or 1 teaspoon ginger powder) 
  • 200g mushroom, prefer oyster mushroom or enoki mushroom 
  • 120g macaroni pasta 
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon 
  • parsley 
  • 1 tablespoon goji berry 

Method

  1. Sauté onion, garlic and ginger until soft. Add chicken in and brown them. 
  2. Pour in the stock, bring to boil, then simmer for a further 10 to 15 mins. 
  3. Add in pasta, goji berry and mushroom, cook for 10mins or until the pasta is cooked. 
  4. Add lemon zest, juice and parsley to finish. 

This soup also goes well with udon or other types of noodles. It’s easy to cook a big portion and freeze it in batches for a quick lunch. If you don’t have pasta at home, just go with some toasted Turkish bread! 

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Chef Vivian from CEEC
Cheltenham Early Learning Centre’s Chef Vivian

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