Kick It Immune Boosting Chicken Soup

READY IN: 2hrs 20mins
Recipe by Highland Hedy

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.

Top Review by lewis001

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!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Dice onions, chilli, ginger and sweet potato/parsnip.
  2. Dice or crush garlic.
  3. Slice celery, carrots.
  4. Wash chicken inside and out and place into a large stock pot.
  5. Put all ingredients into the pot and cover with chicken stock.
  6. Bring soup to the boil, then simmer for approx 2 - 2.5 hours or until the chicken falls of the bone.
  7. (I use a pressure cooker to cook mine for approx 1 hr).
  8. Pull chicken out of soup and discard all bones and large clumps of fat.
  9. Return chicken meat to soup.
  10. For a variation, try adding a ham hock to the ingredients as well!
  11. This chicken soup does have a bite, but it it will sweat out all those nasty cold bugs!
  12. Enjoy!

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