Immune Boosting Chicken Soup

This Healing chicken soup is an adaptation of my family’s traditional chicken soup recipe. When I first started making it, I followed the family recipe to a T, but realized over time I could tweak it to be even more healthy than the one that had been healing our colds for years. Just a few small modifications made this traditional chicken soup, the ultimate healer. My secret immune boosting ingredient- turmeric powder. Not only is it great for you, but it gives your broth this beautiful rich colour. I keep turmeric on hand all the time so that I can toss it into any recipe for an extra immune boost.


  • 6 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 5 stalks of celery chopped
  • 1 turnip peeled and cubed
  • 5-6 parsnips peeled and chopped
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 4-5 whole cloves of garlic
  • 1-2 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 1 whole kosher chicken
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of pepper
  • 4-8 cups of Water

Optional- I use little gluten free soup noodles for that real childhood feel. You can also add rice if you want to do a play on chicken rice soup.


  1. Remove the skin from the chicken and the put the whole chicken into a large pot and fill your pot with water. You want to make sure the chicken is completed submerged with at least 1-2 inches of water above the chicken
  2. Turn your burner up to medium high and bring the water to a boil. Lower your heat and simmer the chicken for 20-25 minutes.
  3. After 20 minutes, begin to “skim” to residue off the top of the soup.
  4. Once you have no more residue coming to the top of the pot, add in all of the vegetables and spices.
  5. Simmer the soup for another 25-30 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.
  6. Remove the chicken from the pot and “shred” off the meat
  7. Remove the vegetables from the broth and place in a large Tupperware or serving bowl
  8. Pour the broth through a fine strainer into a separate Tupperware or into a large serving bowl to remove the excess spices and garlic cloves
  9. To serve- add a mix of the veggies and shredded chicken to a bowl, top with broth, serve and enjoy!

**Add more salt and pepper to taste to the servings or directly to the soup. I always add less salt and let people add their own

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  1. […] Chicken Soup– This is one of my favourite cold weather choices. Chicken soup is surprisingly versatile too. You can add in extra veggies, some rice, or gluten free pasta, to switch it up and make it more of less filling depending on your mood. […]

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