When cold season rolls around, it’s always a good idea to be prepared with a good chicken soup recipe.
This recipe has been in my binder for over a year. And when someone gets sick in our home, this recipe comes out of hiding and goes into effect immediately, as part of our sick protocol.
Even when sickness is not upon us, this is always a nice, tastey soup to enjoy on a crisp and chilly evening.
I appreciate the noodle-less version of the soup, and it holds up just fine without them. The combination of ginger, lemon, homemade chicken stock, and dill really rounds out the flavors, while jump-starting our bodies to handle the pressures of internal foreign invaders.
Anyone who knows me well enough in the kitchen knows full well that when it comes to chicken in dishes like this, I loves me some shredded chicken. Especially in a chicken soup, it just screams homemade-ness!
For a fun presentation that will definitely cheer up loved ones who have the sniffles, try serving this soup in individual bread bowls.
- The lemon and ginger in the soup really gives it a distinct flavor quality, next to the dill (which is nicely balanced with these others flavors). They can be upped or lessened to your own personal liking, and are also good choices to consume when one is sick, for their amazing medicinal properties. I usually will make the soup as is, and then add more lemon to my bowl because I love sour soup. To each his own…
- Here’s a tip, for cooking with ginger: Whenever you buy it fresh, store some in the freezer. Cut ginger root into 1″ knobs, place into a freezer bag, squeeze out any excess air, and freeze. When a recipe calls for fresh ginger, simply take a knob or two from your freezer. Cup the ginger knob in one hand and with the thumb of your other hand, use a spoon to scrape off the skin of the ginger. Add as directed to your recipe. You’re welcome.
- I always make a double batch of this because, when one person gets sick, chances are so will another – and this soup will go rather quickly. In the event that there are leftovers and you don’t want to push this to a repeat the next day, this makes a great freezer meal for a later date! Pack it away in a freezer bag or container, and save it for a warm meal when you or someone you care about isn’t feeling well.
My family loves this soup. They’re always going back for seconds, and slurping up all the yummy goodness.
Make as much as you can, eat as much as you want, and slurp away!
About Lynne Jaques
Lynne is a stay-at-home mother of two boys. As a former US military officer and the spouse of an active duty US military member, Lynne enjoys traveling the world (although not the moving part!) and finding new cuisine and methods of preparing food. She also has the habit of using parenthesis way too much!