Chicken Soup, with Scissor Noodles
Cosy up with a bowl of chicken soup—your delicious defence against winter colds. Packed with goodness, this recipe is a sip of warmth and wellness.
If you’re on the lookout for a tasty, immune-boosting dish that’s as adaptable as it is yummy, you’ve hit the jackpot. Our Chicken Soup with Scissor Noodles Jars are like a warm hug for your immune system, brimming with cold-fighting champions like colagen-rich chicken broth, miso, loads of veggies, ginger, and garlic.
But these ingredients aren’t just about keeping sniffles at bay; they’ve got some serious superpowers when it comes to your health. This recipe is your go-to for flu season, whether you’re kicking back at home or taking it to the office. Plus, it’s as easy to customise as your favourite playlist. So, let’s dive into this simple yet nutrient-packed delight that’s bound to become your meal prep superstar.
The Ultimate Cold Fighter: Chicken Soup
Chicken soup is more than just a tasty broth – it’s a symphony of ingredients that work together to boost your immune system and help you recover from a cold. The star of the show, of course, is the chicken. High in protein, it strengthens your immune system and aids in recovery. Leftover roast chicken is perfect for this recipe. Simply pick the meat from the bones and use it for the soup later.
The supporting cast includes vegetables like carrots, celery, and onions – they’re packed with vitamins and minerals that boost your health too. And let’s not forget about the bones – boil them to make a nutritious stock that forms the base of your soup.
Here’s a chef’s tip: fighting a head cold? Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of turmeric and loads of black pepper to your chicken soup. Turmeric is a golden spice known for its potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It contains a compound called curcumin, which is largely responsible for these health benefits.
However, curcumin is not easily absorbed by our bodies. This is where black pepper comes into play. So, when you add a lot of black pepper to your soup, you’re not just adding flavour, you’re also activating the curcumin in the turmeric, ensuring you receive the maximum health benefits.
This combination of turmeric and black pepper can provide a natural boost to your immune system, helping to alleviate symptoms of a head cold.
Next, we introduce the charm of scissor noodles, a delightful homemade pasta known as “jian dao mian” in Mandarin. These noodles are a marvel of culinary simplicity and versatility, taking just 15 minutes to prepare with basic ingredients: flour, water, and a sprinkle of herbs.
These fresh, hand-cut noodles not only offer a unique texture but also absorb the flavourful broth, enhancing each bite of your chicken soup.
Cold Combating Combo
The magic of our Chicken Soup lies in its superstar combo of ingredients – chilli, ginger, and garlic. Each of these ingredients is not just a flavour enhancer but a powerful immune booster.
A common symptom of a cold is dehydration, as you may not feel like drinking fluids. The hot broth in chicken noodle soup helps keep you hydrated. In this recipe, the 1.5 liters of chicken stock serve as a hydrating base.
Warmth and Comfort:
The warm temperature of the soup can help soothe a sore throat and relieve congestion. The hot soup warms you from the inside, making you feel more comfortable.
Chicken soup is packed with vegetables like onions, carrots, and leeks. In this recipe, these ingredients provide essential vitamins and minerals. For instance, onions and garlic contain antioxidants and have potential anti-inflammatory properties.
Garlic and ginger are known for their immune-boosting properties. The ginger in this recipe is an optional addition, but it can help reduce inflammation and support the immune system.>Chicken: Chicken provides a good source of protein, which your body needs to repair and build tissues. In this recipe, the shredded chicken is a good source of lean protein. It’s also easy on the stomach, making it an ideal choice for those with a cold.
The optional addition of turmeric in this recipe adds another layer of health benefits. Turmeric contains curcumin, known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. When combined with a generous amount of black pepper, it can enhance its absorption
The salt is not only for seasoning but also to help replenish electrolytes lost due to fever, sweating, and runny nose.
Scissor noodles are gentle on the stomach and provide some carbohydrates for energy. The noodles in this recipe are a comforting addition that’s easy to digest.
Save it for a Rainy Day
This Chicken Soup is perfect for storing and reheating on those days when you’re feeling under the weather or just need some comfort. Simply allow it to cool down, store it in an airtight container and freeze it. When you are ready to eat, defrost it in the fridge, then heat it up on the hob or in the microwave.
Love it and Rate it
Love our Restorative Chicken Soup? Try our other soups like Butternut Soup with Pickled Chilli and Coconut, Sweetcorn Soup with Quick Pickled Chillies, or Miso French Onion Soup. Each unique in flavour, they’re perfect for storing and reheating. Enjoy these comforting meals anytime!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make this gluten-free?
We haven’t tested this, but if you try making gluten-free scissor noodles, let us know how it goes!
Why is good quality chicken stock important?
High-quality chicken stock is rich in nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, which can help support your immune system when you’re feeling under the weather. These nutrients can aid in your body’s recovery.
Make a batch of chicken stock at home with leftover chicken bones, or opt for a quality shop-bought alternative.
Can I leave out the chilli?
Absolutely! Adjust the recipe to suit your taste.
Can I use dried pasta?
Yes, this works fine in place of the scissor noodles. We like orzo, but broken spaghetti is also a good choice.
Can it be vegan?
Yes, just leave out the chicken and use your favourite vegetable stock. The noodles are naturally vegan-friendly.
Can I substitute other vegetables in my chicken soup?
Absolutely! While peas are used in the original recipe, you are free to customise it according to your taste or dietary needs. You can use any greens or vegetables you prefer in the soup base. This includes, but is not limited to, carrots, broccoli, spinach, kale, or bell peppers. The recipe is designed to be flexible, allowing you to experiment and find your perfect blend.