Friday, December 18, 2009

Tracey's Chicken Soup Remedy

Right now, I have a very sick and bored 7-year-old at home. Poor little guy - right before Christmas. Whenever we get a bug in our house, I go into nurture mode and whip up a batch of chicken soup. An old fashioned remedy but one I stand by. Wishing you all the best of health for the holiday season. ♥ ♥ ♥

Tracey's Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup

1 - 4 lb. roasting chicken
1 large UNpeeled onion; quartered (Tracey's losing it! Unpeeled? Yes! Unpeeled!)
1 medium carrot, chopped in big chunks
1 medium celery rib, chopped in big chunks
1 cup white wine (I usually add more)
6 - 10 whole black peppercorns
Chicken stock or water

salt and pepper to taste
Sliced Carrots
Sliced Celery
Whole Wheat Egg Noodles

Place chicken breast-side down in a large stock pot. Add next five ingredients: onion, carrot, celery, wine and peppercorns. Add enough chicken stock or water to cover the top of the chicken. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, skimming off any foam that rises to the surface. Reduce the heat to low until chicken is tender - about 1 hour (when the legs pull off really easily, it's done).

Remove the chicken from the broth and set aside to cool. Strain mixture and discard all vegetables. Place broth back in pot.

Once chicken is cool, remove meat from the bones and add to pot.

One hour before serving, add sliced carrots and celery to pot and simmer on low until veggies are tender. Cook egg noodles separately and add to each serving bowl. Ladle soup over noodles and serve.


  1. It really works!Chicken soup is a time honored remedy for reducing cold symptoms. Grandma knew this and she insisted the soup must be made from scratch with a whole chicken and lots of vegetables. Now scientists have found out why chicken soup is so healing. They tested individual soup ingredients as well as the whole soup for immune stimulating effects. It turns out “Grandma’s” chicken soup recipe, but not canned soups, was highly effective in reducing inflammation in irritated mucous membranes such as eyes, nose and throat.1 With 70 percent of the immune cells in the body located in the intestine, soothing one’s stomach with chicken soup does in fact benefit the whole body and “soul.” 2

  2. VERY good to know! I always felt it was therapeutic and now there's the science to back it up. Thanks!

  3. Oh of my faves! Tracey your blogging is wonderful, a kind of comfort all on its own!
    Happy Christmas to you and your family! xo It is me, Gillian! My husband is signed in on Google :)

  4. Thanks for the recipe Trace! It sounds yummy! (PS Love Adam's comment!)


More to Chew On...

Along For the Ride

Search This Blog