The #1 requested meal in my house (by my 10 year old son) is homemade chicken soup. He requests chicken soup even if it’s 100 degrees outside – his palate has no sense of season. Since the crisp fall air is upon us, I finally decided to indulge my son for his first chicken soup of the season. Plus, he just finished testing for his second degree black belt (so proud!) so I wanted to make him his favorite meal. Not only that, but both my son and husband were nursing bad colds. The homemade chicken soup was exactly what Dr. Mom could do to make things right in the world. There’s a reason moms are also called, “heros.”
Chicken broth – or bone broth – has so many benefits, many that are scientifically and anecdotally proven. There’s a reason your mom feeds you chicken soup when you’re sick – it’s a natural remedy for various respiratory viruses and it makes you feel good too. Broth is easily digestible and has proven healing powers for your gut – the part of your body whose health impacts your entire body. There are many valuable nutrients and minerals your body can easily absorb from a bone broth that can help it heal and stave off illness. It can also reduce overall inflammation in your body, helping you feel your best.
(Confused about bone broth? It’s basically taking bone-in chicken and cooking it in water with a bunch of vegetables for many hours – that’s all!)
When making homemade chicken broth, ask your butcher to cut up a whole chicken for you. Ask for all eight pieces (2 breasts, 2 wings, 2 legs, 2 thighs) + the backbone. You won’t get any meat off the backbone, but your broth will soak up the extra nutrients found in chicken bones from the entire chicken.
Also, I urge you to buy only organic chicken. Ask yourself whether you want to eat an animal that is healthy or unhealthy? Which do you think will help you feel healthy? I think we can all agree that we want to be healthy, so consuming animal products that are raised humanely and in a healthy fashion is the way to go whenever possible.
Please enjoy this wonderful homemade chicken soup recipe. I hope it heals your gut and fuels your soul!
- Organic whole cut up chicken (8 pieces + backbone)
- 6 organic carrots - divided (peel and cut into 2 in pieces)
- 4 organic celery stalks - divided (cut into 2 in pieces)
- 1 large onion - peeled and cut into 4 large quarters
- 1 cup roughly chopped parsley + more for garnish
- Salt and pepper - 2 Tbsp + more to taste
- 4 Rice Ramen squares
Fill a stock pot about half full of water + 1-2 tablespoons of Kosher salt. Bring to a boil.
Add all chicken parts, 3 carrots, 2 celery stalks, onion and parsley.
Cover and simmer for at least 1-2 hours - the longer the better (simmer ALL day if possible).
About 45 minutes before mealtime, remove chicken and set aside to cool.
Remove carrots, celery, parsley and onion. Toss the onion. You can either throw away the carrots, celery and parsley (they will be super soft) or keep them in your broth if you don't mind soft vegetables.
Add remaining carrots and celery (and optional parsley) and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
Add salt and pepper to broth to taste.
When chicken is cool, remove meat from bones. Discard the bones (including the backbone) and add the pulled meat back to the broth.
In a separate pot, cook Rice Ramen as directed. Set aside.
Add Rice Ramen to each bowl, then top with broth, chicken and vegetable.
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