In the winter most families have a few bugs and viruses through the house. When someone is sick in my house the stock pot comes out and I make chicken soup. It is an old remedy and in recent years has actually been proven to have benefit, but I also think it just makes people feel better by eating something so nutritious and full of flavour. This is my recipe for healing my family but feel free to throw anything else you like into it. Keep it on the stove and reheat whenever you need it. Pour over noodles if you like or throw some dumplings in. Also do use free range chicken if you can get it.
- 4 chicken carcasses (or more if you can fit them in)
- 2 chicken thighs
- 2 onions
- 2 carrots
- 2 sticks celery
- 5 cloves garlic
- 8 peppercorns
- A thumbsized piece of root ginger, peeled and grated
- Fish sauce
- Soy sauce
- 8 leaves of silverbeet
- A few sprigs of rosemary, thyme and a bay leaf
- Handful of fresh parsley chopped
- Finely chop the onions, garlic,carrots and celery and saute in some olive oil along with the grated ginger. When they start to smell nice and before they brown pile on the chicken and the herbs then cover with water. Bring to the boil and let simmer for an hour. Put it all through a sieve (save the bones for the dog) and reheat. To season add a dash of fish sauce and soy sauce, use more if needed. Just before serving throw in the silverbeet leaves finely chopped and the fresh parsley.
- *you can add some chilli too if you like it a bit spicy.
- **you need a bit of fat when you’re poorly to carry vitamins around the body but if you want to get rid of some of the fat let the soup cool then scoop it off the top before reheating.
- ***bean sprouts added just before serving provide a nice bit of crunch and an extra hit of nutrition.