My favorite chicken soup recipe begins with garlic, ginger and onion and ends with mmmmm. I make this when anyone in my family shows any sign of a sniffle or begins to feel a bit under the weather and it usually nips it right in the bud. Onions, garlic and ginger are a holy food trinity with their cleansing, anti-inflamatory and antibacterial effects. I lovingly coined it my magic soup and have even had neighbors request it by name when they are feeling not so great. I always try to use an organic chicken when making this soup as it produces a much clearer broth but I have made it with non-organic chicken as well, and the flavor of the soup is the same. Here is my chicken soup for the Sprouting Soul recipe.
1 whole chicken
a large handful of fresh ginger (slice it, chop it or leave it whole)
2 large white onions (peeled and quartered)
a large handful of peeled whole garlic cloves
1 or 2 cartons of organic low sodium chicken stock
1 bunch of bok choy (chopped)
1 bunch of green onions (chopped)
1-2 cups mung bean sprouts
buckwheat noodles, green tea noodles(as seen in photo) or brown rice spaghetti (all yummy!)
Sriracha chili sauce (chili sauce with the white rooster on the bottle)
Rinse the chicken and place into a large stock pot, cover with water. Add garlic, white onion, ginger and cook for at least 2 hours, I usually cook it for 3-4. Skim the top as it cooks. When you are ready to prepare your soup, turn the burner off and remove the whole chicken from the pot. De-bone the chicken and place the chicken meat back into the stock pot. Add the cartons of stock, salt to taste and return the heat to low. Add the bok choy and let it wilt. Once the bok choy has wilted your soup is ready to serve. If you have decided to prepare noodles, place them in the bowl first, add the chicken soup, and top with any of the optional ingredients. My favorite way to top my soup is with mung bean sprouts, slices of fresh basil, juice from a lime wedge and a healthy dose of Sriracha chili sauce. mmmm.
Keep it Real. Keep it Simple. Make it Matter. – Andrea