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Healing Chicken Soup (with Greens, Lemongrass and Ginger)

My Healing Chicken Soup with Greens, Lemongrass and Ginger is a tasty flu-fighting concoction that’s ready to eat in less than 30 minutes, because when you’re sick the last thing you want is standing around the stove. (Gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soy-free, Paleo). 

Healing Chicken Soup with Greens

I call this soup healing because it combines the comforts of the traditional Western flu remedy that is a bowl of hot chicken soup, with plenty of greens and a good measure of lemongrass, ginger and chilli inspired by the Asian flavours of Hainanese Chicken Rice. These tasty additions are not only fragrant and warming, but they also are said to have medicinal, flu-fighting properties and aid digestion.

Healing Chicken Soup with Greens

It is exactly what my body needed when I came down with the worst viral cold I’ve had in a long time… Lots of rest and time were prescribed by the doctor, but how was I to rest with a house move in 2 weeks?? Luckily, both Mr Chipconnoisseur and the children were away for a week so I did manage to relax my schedule a little. The worst part of it all was that for a few days, I could not taste a thing, which meant less time spent in the kitchen and more time to rest pack up the house for our impending move.

Healing Chicken Soup with Greens

While I used ready-made barbecue chicken I went for the free-range variety and used Stock Merchant’s Free-Range Chicken Stock to make the soup more wholesome. As for the greens, anything goes really, but make sure to add a couple of sprigs of sliced spring onions – they have similar properties to garlic!

Healing Chicken Soup with Greens

Healing Chicken Soup with Greens
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Healing Chicken Soup (with Greens, Lemongrass and Ginger)

While I used ready-made barbecue chicken in this Healing Chicken Soup I went for the free-range variety and used Stock Merchant's Free-Range Chicken Stock to make the soup more wholesome. As for the greens, anything goes really, but make sure to add a couple of sprigs of sliced spring onions - they have similar properties to garlic!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 1/4 free-range barbecue chicken
  • 1 tsp peanut or olive oil
  • 2 tsp minced lemongrass
  • 2 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 sprigs spring onions sliced
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 150 g Chinese broccoli trimmed and sliced across into 1 inch lots
  • 1/2 head broccoli trimmed into florets
  • 100 g baby spinach leaves
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

To serve:

  • extra spring onions green part only
  • chicken meat from Step 1
  • chilli powder if using

Instructions

  • Peel skin off the chicken, set aside. Pick meat off the bones and shred, set aside reserving bones.
  • Heat oil in a medium stock pot over medium heat. Add lemongrass, ginger, garlic and spring onions and cook for a minute, until fragrant.
  • Add stock and reserved bones and skin off the chicken. Bring the stock to a boil, lower heat to a simmer and cook for another 5 minutes, for the skin and bones to impart extra flavour.
  • Remove bones and skin from the stock with a slotted spoon and discard.
  • Now add prepared Chinese broccoli and broccoli florets, cook for 2 minutes. Add baby spinach leaves and season the soup to taste with sea salt and pepper.
  • Serve hot Healing Chicken Soup with shredded chicken (dusted with chilli, if using) and extra spring onions.
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11 comments

Nicole Everett April 29, 2013 at 10:14 am

Martina, Thanks for sharing, just in time for Winter :) I’ll have to try the Stock Merchant Brand. I always buy free range eggs and can now extend this to stock. Will have to track down where to buy it.

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Martyna @ Wholesome Cook May 2, 2013 at 7:59 pm

I picked mine up from one of the food shows as they were exhibiting but they are pretty well stocked across the Sydney metropolitan area. You can checkout their stockists page.

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Tessa April 29, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Lovely chicken soup! I really like the addition of the lemongrass and ginger. Have a wonderful week Martyna!

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Martyna @ Wholesome Cook May 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Thank you Tessa, that was my favourite part too! So yummy (I’ve remade the soup again):-)

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Eha April 29, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Wonderful reminder of how much natural remedies can do! I have written on this subject many a time and, tho’ no proponent of freezer cooking, actually suggest one makes a large batch of this flu’ and cold-limiting soup early in the season and freezes it! A number of US and European Uni professors agree! I must admit I make my own stock and then the soup! Love your use of broccoli and spinach which I have not. I do use a lot of sweet potatoes and other root vegetables like parsnips. Garlic: :) :) :) I would probably use triple :) ! Have not made a large batch as yet: may try half your way: thanks!!

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Maureen | Orgasmic Chef April 29, 2013 at 3:54 pm

I don’t want to get the flu BUT I know I’m prepared with this soup. :)

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Raymund April 30, 2013 at 4:02 am

Wow that looks really healthy. Definitely a must try even without any ailments.

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Fern May 25, 2013 at 10:30 am

When eating a warm bowl of lovingly made chicken soup I can practically feel it building my blood, nourishing my cells and singing to my soul. Healing on so many levels! I will have to give this recipe a try!

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bizzylizzycooks July 8, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Sounds superb Marty… I have a sore throat… do you home deliver?

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Martyna @ Wholesome Cook July 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm

I wish I lived nearby as I would definitely deliver to you. Hope you feel better soon Liz.

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