I love me some chicken soup, just not the kind you find pre-made in the grocery store. That isn’t real chicken broth and it has literally no medicinal value.
It’s not going to help you get over a cold or boost your immune system. In fact, those chicken soups are usually full of sketchy ingredients like MSG, which does no favors to your immune system.
This chicken soup is actually homemade. The broth is full of gut-healing collagen along with a ton of vitamins and minerals – the exact nutrients to boost the immune system.
Making your own chicken broth is actually really easy, especially if you have a family.
Simply buy a whole chicken (preferably organic) and roast it in the oven on 400 for about an hour to an hour and a half. Make sure to put butter under the skin and salt and pepper and maybe drizzle some olive oil on top.
Either eat the chicken throughout the week or shred it to make chicken salad, whatever you like. Then you can make this gut-healing chicken broth with the carcass! I swear, it’s the most delicious chicken soup you’ve ever tasted in your life.
To make homemade chicken broth, use leftover chicken bones. I bought a whole roasted chicken, took the meat off to eat throughout the week, and tossed the carcass into the crockpot with salt, onion, celery, and carrots.
Cover everything with filtered water and let your chicken broth simmer for a day.
Can I use store-bought chicken broth for this chicken soup recipe?
Store-bought chicken stock is NOT the same and doesn’t have all the beneficial nutrients. If you really don’t have the time to make your chicken broth from scratch, buy this bone broth instead!
How to make Gut Healing & Immune Boosting Chicken Soup:
- 2 cups homemade chicken broth
- 1/2 white onion, diced
- 1 carrot, diced
- 1 celery stalk, diced
- 1/2 cup cooked chicken, chopped
- 1 tsp 21 Seasoning Salute from Trader Joe’s (get it here)
- dill to garnish
- *if you truly cannot make your own bone broth, this is the next best option
- Add everything except the chicken and dill to a pot.
- Turn to medium heat.
- Let it simmer for 20 minutes.
- Add the chicken and let it warm (you just don’t want it to dry out cooking more). If you’re using uncooked chicken, toss it in at the beginning
- Pour into a bowl and garnish with dill.