People eat chicken soup for two reasons: it’s either winter or they’re sick. Probably the reason why we turn to chicken soup every time we’re sick is because we’re used to seeing our parents prepare it for us when we were little kids. The healing formula of chicken soup is “comforting thought of parents” + “placebo effect?” + “actual health benefits.” Remember getting well fast after mom chants her soup will make you better even though it’s just a simple broth? That means you had a positive placebo effect but I won’t tap into this subject. Instead, I want to clarify something with the role of eating chicken soup to fighting the common cold.

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I miss my mom

The question: Does chicken soup really cure the common cold? There are 2 answers: “No… But” and “Yes… But”. Sounds weird right? Let me put some sense to it.

NO…BUT

No. There is no cure for the common cold. But there is a way to reduce the duration of colds slightly. Some people could get sick for possibly up to a week when they catch a cold or flu so if “reduce the duration of colds slightly” means a day or two of freedom from misery, I’d eat a bowl. Aside from the nutritional value of the ingredients used in the soup, having soup as your meal hydrates you. When you are sick, specially if you have runny nose, a feverish sweat, experience vomiting or have diarrhea, you lose body fluids and it just makes sense to hydrate yourself. Sipping warm liquids also eases congestion and increase mucus flow. Bowl bottoms up!

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Easing congestion in Asia. The other “congestion”, that is.

YES… BUT

Yes. There was a study more than a decade ago conducted by Dr. Stephen Rennard, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha. In this study, he investigated why his wife’s chicken soup recipe, which was handed down through generations, has healing properties. Using blood samples of volunteers, he concluded that the soup inhibited the movement of neutrophils (the most common infection-fighting white blood cells) and this restriction in movement helps reduce upper respiratory cold symptoms. But this is all a theory and he couldn’t exactly point out how the soup does that.

Paleo Chicken Soup Recipe

For 8 – 10 servings, you will need:

  • 3 lbs. chicken meat cut to your preference
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 cups chicken broth (organic)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cups chopped carrots
  • 3 cups chopped celery
  • 1 tsp. grated ginger
  • 8 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tbsp basil
  • 1/2 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tsp fish sauce (optional)
  • 2-3 tbsps olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:

  • Cook your chicken. You can stir fry them with a little oil, grill them, etc. but personally, I prefer boiling my meat.
  • In a large pot, pour in olive oil, then add in the onions, carrots and celery. Cook together until carrots are slightly tender. Add in ginger, garlic, turmeric and if you want to add another vegetable (ex. cauliflower and asparagus) or ingredient, go ahead.
  • Once the carrots are slightly tender, pour in 6 cups of water and 4 cups broth in your pot. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and let it cook covered for about 10 minutes with occasional stirring or until vegetables are tender.
  • Finally, add in your chicken, basil and parsley. Stir for about 2 minutes to incorporate all the flavors.
  • Enjoy!
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Get well soon!

Chicken soup is delicious, nutritious and comforting. This chicken soup recipe is gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free. You’re welcome Paleo dieters! What other ingredient do you think we can add in this recipe? Let me know in the comments section! Eat well, be well, farewell!

Chase Tatoy
Level 20 Food Wizard | + posts

Hello everyone, Chase here! I am a health and fitness enthusiast, and also a food blogger. You see, my life is a constant battle between my love of food and not wanting to get fat, so far I'm winning! 🙂

Originally posted 2016-03-24 16:21:31.

Tagged on: chicken    chicken soup    low carb food    low carb recipe    paleo diet    paleo recipe

4 thoughts on “Paleo Chicken Soup

  • 22 April 2016 at 1:53 PM
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    I usually love soup!! Any kind of soup! I will surely try this Paleo Chicken Soup when I have the chance. Thanks for posting this!

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  • 10 April 2016 at 10:51 PM
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    Paleo chicken soup is my favorite. I often have this soup during winter season. Great food source for health!

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  • 30 March 2016 at 9:53 PM
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    Looks yummy! I love Paleo chicken soup. It’s very delicious and very healthy for health. Thanks for giving out some nice instructions and making procedure.

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  • 29 March 2016 at 12:59 PM
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    I love me some chicken soup! Just about anyway that you can make it is good with me and this recipe looks good and I am sure it is good for you!

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