Tried and tested chicken soup recipe for winter

Hot chicken soup has been regarded for centuries as a ‘cure’ for common colds. While research affirms that this is not a cure, hot chicken soup is a potent mucus stimulant, especially when it is loaded with pepper, garlic, hot curry powder and other pungent spices that help to thin out mucus in the mouth, throat and lungs.

Chicken also contains a natural amino acid called cysteine which is similar in chemical content to a drug called acetylcysteine that doctors give for bronchitis and respiratory infections. You might want to throw in some chilli peppers and spices and gain an extra advantage in fighting a cold.



  • Chicken breasts
  • Onion
  • Turnip
  • Carrots
  • Potato
  • Anything green – celery, leeks, bok choi
  • Chicken stock
  • Crushed garlic
  •  Noodles.



  • Add one to two chicken breasts with skin to a medium sized pot filled halfway with water
  • Boil and then add one onion and one turnip finely chopped
  • Add two carrots and potato also finely chopped
  • After two hours of simmering light, add all green vegetables
  • Add one chicken stock cube and one to two spoons of crushed garlic
  • Add some salt and pepper to taste
  • Add noodles.



Al Karaki

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