Immune Support Homemade Chicken Soup

Sue Bedford (MSc Nutritional Therapy)

Are you having roast chicken this week? Why not make this immune support chicken soup for the next few days and top up on some vital nutrients? Chicken soup has been known for centuries as an effective ‘feel better’ food. The vegetables in this soup provide numerous vitamins, minerals and health enhancing plant phytonutrients (onions and leeks are also prebiotic foods so feed the ‘good’ bacteria in the gut) and a substance called carnosine is provided by chicken soup which helps to support the immune system.

Chicken Soup

• 1 large onion
• 1 leek
• 1 tbsp olive oil
• 2 large carrots
• 750ml homemade chicken stock (use bones with chicken on it)
• 120g savoy cabbage
• 300g leftover cooked chicken

Chop the carrots, onion and leek into slices and cook in olive oil for 6 minutes or so.
Add the chicken stock. Cover and simmer for 35 minutes.
Put the pieces of the left-over chicken into the soup along with the cabbage (shredded). Simmer for 5 minutes until the chicken is piping hot and then enjoy!

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