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This is a hearty, spicy chicken soup that will give your immune system a huge boost and (in my opinion) kick any cold or flu!!!!! It does have a bite!! I cook this up at the sign of a cold and it does the trick. You can opt not to use the chilli - however Chilli gives your metabolism a hit and also shakes up any nasty mucus on your chest.
- 1 roasting chicken, skin, bones, the whole deal
- 2 large onions
- 10 garlic cloves
- 10 g fresh gingerroot (use to taste)
- 2 chilies (discard seeds for less heat)
- 2 stalks celery
- 2 carrots
- 1 cup diced sweet potatoes (or both) or 1 cup parsnip (or both)
- 1 cup shiitake mushroom
- 1 cup soup mix
- pearl barley
- red kidney beans
- split peas
- black-eyed peas
- green lentil
- 1 1⁄2-2 liters chicken stock
- Dice onions, chilli, ginger and sweet potato/parsnip.
- Dice or crush garlic.
- Slice celery, carrots.
- Wash chicken inside and out and place into a large stock pot.
- Put all ingredients into the pot and cover with chicken stock.
- Bring soup to the boil, then simmer for approx 2 - 2.5 hours or until the chicken falls of the bone.
- (I use a pressure cooker to cook mine for approx 1 hr).
- Pull chicken out of soup and discard all bones and large clumps of fat.
- Return chicken meat to soup.
- For a variation, try adding a ham hock to the ingredients as well!
- This chicken soup does have a bite, but it it will sweat out all those nasty cold bugs!
Sooo good. I didn't have pearl barley or green lentils. I discarded all the seeds of the chiles, but I would recommend leaving some in for extra flavor. Also, I didn't know what soup mix to use, so I chose a chicken noodle packet and sifted the mix into the soup. I used dried shitake mushrooms b/c that's all I had, I would either get fresh ones or skip that ingredient next time. Maybe substitute another mushroom. I used both sweet potato and parsnip, delicious. Next time I will chop the vegetables rather than dice, and add more garlic and leave in some chile seeds and spice. Yummy. Thanks!