In the 12th century the great physician and philosopher Maimonides prescribed herbal baths and chicken soup as remedies for the common cold.
More than 800 years later, the New England Journal of Medicine confirmed that Maimonides was right. Researchers found that chicken soup was a mild antibiotic, decongestant and throat soother. Chinese healers to this day also use chicken soup to treat colds, though they do add some herbs, like ginseng, to their brew.
To make a healing chicken soup simply add chicken, onion, carrots, pepper and a pinch of salt to a pot with water. Bring to a boil. Add a chili pepper and garlic. Boil slowly until the chicken is soft and tender. Skim off the fat and pour through a sieve. Add a few squirts of lemon juice and serve steaming hot. Sip slowly.
Here’s one of my favourite chicken noodle soup recipes. To boost its cold fighting properties I add loads of ginger, garlic and chili pepper.
Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup
- 1,5 liters chicken stock
- 2 carrots peeled, diced
- 2 stalks celery finely chopped
- 3 spring onions chopped
- 5 ml salt
- 2 ml pepper
- 1 tablespoon grated ginger
- 3 cloves garlic crushed
- 1 chill pepper chopped
- 150 g mushrooms thinly sliced
- 50 g raw egg noodles
- 150 g cooked chicken diced
- Bring stock to a boil in a large saucepan.
- Add the carrots, celery, spring onions, salt, pepper, ginger, garlic and chilli pepper. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
- Stir in the mushrooms and noodles. Add the chicken and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
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