Chicken soup is without a doubt one of the easiest, most nutritious, hearty meals we cook in our household. All it takes is one pot - and you can throw all the ingredients in together - cooking doesn't get simpler than that!
It's a bowl of bone broth-filled goodness, with lots of veg, herbs and spices to add extra nutrition, fibre and wonderful phytonutrients to keep your body healthy. Once the kids start to come down with a sniffle I always get a pot of this underway, and more often than not it keeps a head cold at bay.
Chicken, parsley and cabbage all contain glutamine - a wonderful amino acid that helps our body's tissues to repair - especially in our digestive tract where all this goodness is headed! I love this recipe for it's gut healing, anti-inflammatory and nutritive profile - but best of all I can make it in about 45 minutes at the end of a busy day when the kids are going mad before dinner!
- 6 chicken chops (thighs with bones)
- 1 onion, sliced lengthways
- 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 1/4 white cabbage, sliced
- 2 waxy potatoes, chopped into bite-sized chunks
- 2 small carrots, sliced
- 2 stalks of celery, sliced
- 2L of water
- 6 whole peppercorns
- 1 bay leaf
- Bunch of parsley
- Pinch of salt
- Put water in a large pot on high heat. Add all of the above ingredients.
- Bring the pot to the boil and then reduce to a simmer for 40 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.
- Using a slotted spoon, remove the chicken from the pot. Allow to sit on a chopping board for 5 minutes to slightly cool.
- Being careful not to burn yourself, tear the chicken away from each of the bones and return the shredded chicken to the pot.
- Serve while hot with some more freshly chopped parsley.