Warrior Chicken Soup

I call this soup “Warrior Chicken Soup” because it is a fighter! It fights off viruses, and it really works! I got this recipe on a forum from a woman named Chloe. I think of her every time I make it. It is packed with delicious herbs and vegetables and is the only chicken soup I ever make anymore.

One whole chicken (or lots of bony/meaty chicken pieces – I sometimes by chicken backs with legs attached when they’re on sale for this soup)

approximately 15-30 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

1 Tbs. salt

3-4 thyme sprigs

cayenne pepper to taste (I use about 1/2 tsp. It would be too hot for the kids otherwise. If you are actually sick, add a pinch more to your individual serving.)

fresh rosemary sprigs

fresh ground pepper

Place the whole raw chicken and other ingredients into a large soup pot and cover with water. (I use a huge canning pot!) Cook on stove top until chicken starts to fall apart. (For me, this is generally 2 hours, give or take.) Remove from heat. Strain out chicken and stuff and set aside until cool enough to chop. Reserve broth for next step.

1 large onion, coarsely chopped or sliced

1 fennel bulb (also called anise), sliced thin

1 leek, sliced thin

4-6 celery stalks, coarsely chopped

large red pepper, coarsely chopped

1/2 lb. carrots, coarsely chopped

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1/2 cup good white wine, or apple juice, or water with 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar in it, or just plain water

salt and pepper to taste

Place oil in bottom of large pot and heat. Add onion, fennel, celery, pepper, and leek and saute until onion is just transparent. Add wine (or juice or water) and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Cover the vegetables with chicken broth from first step and simmer veggies until just tender.

frozen green beans

frozen peas


flat leaf parsley, chopped

1-2 cans diced tomatoes with juice

salt and pepper to taste

Add these above ingredients and simmer until everything is tender. Add chopped chicken, salt and pepper to taste. You can also add cabbage and/or other veggies at the end, if you want to.


One Response to Warrior Chicken Soup

  1. Melodie says:

    Made this soup yesterday, it is SOOO good – the best chicken soup I’ve ever had, yum! Thanks!

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