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Foods Do a Body Good

Posted 04/14/2015 | By HealthCorps

Chicken soup can be therapeutic, thanks to its ability to thin mucous secretions.  Garlic, onions, mushrooms, citrus fruits, ginger and honey are also associated with relieving symptoms of certain viral illnesses or helping to prevent illness by improving immune function. Consider adding onions, garlic and mushrooms to your traditional chicken soup to bump up its therapeutic impact!

Ingredients

  • 1 (3-pound) broiler-fryer, cut up, leaving bones, and skinned (lowers the fat content of the soup)
  • 4 cups water
  • 3/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning or seasoning like Mrs. Dash
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 celery tops
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup mushroom pieces and stems
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrot
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Additional coarsely ground black pepper (optional)

Preparation

  • Combine first 5 ingredients in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes or until chicken is tender. Remove chicken from broth, discarding celery and reserving broth.
  • Skim fat from broth. Add 2 cups water and next 8 ingredients to broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.
  • Bone and chop chicken; add to broth mixture. Cook 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Discard bay leaf. Ladle soup into bowls, and sprinkle with additional pepper, if desired.
  • Additional tip: If you’d like to remove more of the fat, refrigerate overnight and fat will rise to the surface and become solid. Skim off the fat with a spoon and then re-heat and enjoy!

(Source: Health.com)

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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