Classic chicken soup - simply explained - against colds - Classic chicken soup recipe is not only the perfect remedy for colds, but also very nutritious. Grandmother's soup recipe

Classic chicken soup, simply explained – for colds

Prep time: 10 minutes | Baking time: 3 hours
5 from 2 votes
A traditional chicken soup is not only a lovely starter for Christmas or Easter, but also helps perfectly against colds and in the cold season. The healthy warmth quickly reaches the body and recovery can begin. Our recipe for a classic chicken soup is easy to make, the soup can also be frozen and then prepared again with fresh ingredients as required. The recipe for chicken soup is very simple and relatively quick.
Classic chicken soup - simply explained - against colds - Classic chicken soup recipe is not only the perfect remedy for colds, but also very nutritious. Grandmother's soup recipe

Classic chicken soup, simply explained – for colds

5 from 2 votes
Prep time: 10 minutes
Baking time: 3 hours
A traditional chicken soup is not only a lovely starter for Christmas or Easter, but also helps perfectly against colds and in the cold season. The healthy warmth quickly reaches the body and recovery can begin. Our recipe for a classic chicken soup is easy to make, the soup can also be frozen and then prepared again with fresh ingredients as required. The recipe for chicken soup is very simple and relatively quick.

Classic chicken soup, simply explained – for colds

5 from 2 votes

This post is also available in: German

Ingredients
 
  • 1 chicken approx. 2.8 - 3kg - (it can also be 2 chickens of 1.5kg each) - preferably organic
  • 1 stalk leek alternative type of leek also possible
  • 200 g carrots
  • 2 vegetable onion
  • 200 g celeriac
  • 200 g celery
  • 400 g broccoli alternatively e.g. cauliflower
  • 1 bunch parsley alternatively chives
  • 10 g salt
  • 20 g peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp chilli alternatively add 3-4cm sliced ginger, approx. 1cm diameter

This post is also available in: Deutsch (German)

How often have you wished you had a warming classic chicken soup like in grandma’s day when the first cold is on the way in spring or fall? Until now, you’ve always avoided the effort, but this recipe is very easy to make and can also be perfectly prepared.

Classic chicken soup not only warms you up from the inside, but is also nourishing, supports your immune system, loosens mucus in your throat and nose and gives you a feeling of comfort.

Grandma’s classic chicken soup as the ultimate defense against colds

As soon as you notice the first tickle in your throat, it feels colder again during the year or you are simply overtired and exhausted, you often long for a warm and comforting soup that your parents or grandmother used to make. It is a well-known and simple remedy, very effective and also tastes very good.

Classic chicken soup - simply explained - against colds - Classic chicken soup recipe is not only the perfect remedy for colds, but also very nutritious. Grandmother's soup recipe

Simple ingredients with a magical effect

If you take a look at the ingredients of classic chicken soup, they are often items that you have in your household anyway: chicken, vegetables such as carrots, celery, broccoli, onions and various spices such as salt, pepper and bay leaves. Depending on your taste preferences, you can add fresh ginger, chilli peppers (or powder) and fresh parsley or chives.

Chicken soups are rich in nutrients

Chicken soup is already very rich in healthy nutrients that strengthen the immune system and help fight illness. The chicken meat from a soup chicken provides high-quality protein (cysteine), while the vegetables contain many vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins A, C and K, as well as iron and zinc.

Classic chicken soup - simply explained - against colds - Classic chicken soup recipe is not only the perfect remedy for colds, but also very nutritious. Grandmother's soup recipe

Protein cysteine as a miracle cure in classic chicken soup

Grandma’s miracle ingredient in classic chicken soup was the protein cysteine, which was extracted from the soup chicken and is released when the soup is heated slowly. If you heat your soup water too quickly, you destroy the properties of the cysteine in the chicken meat. Although cysteine is also found in many other protein-rich foods, it is particularly high in chicken meat.

In addition, the protein loosens the mucus of a cold, allowing the airways to be cleared more quickly and the body to fight the cold.

It is therefore also advisable to cook the soup for more than 2.5 hours so that an intense and clear broth can be created and you can always have a portion of health aid ready in the freezer.

Classic chicken soup - simply explained - against colds - Classic chicken soup recipe is not only the perfect remedy for colds, but also very nutritious. Grandmother's soup recipe

Hydration, tradition and love

You know it from your own experience, when you have a cold or are ill, you are usually not hungry or thirsty, even though your body needs it so much at this time. While a hot cup of tea may still be the “miracle cure” on the first day of a cold, by the third day, when your nose is completely blocked and your throat hurts, you can’t even think about it.

These were always the moments when grandma’s classic chicken soup recipe could still work wonders. On the one hand, it was a nice tradition to be able to eat a bowl of soup, but on the other hand, you also got the feeling that someone was looking after the sick patient.

At the same time, the classic chicken soup recipe is also the perfect home remedy for hydration and people who then drink even less.

Classic chicken soup - simply explained - against colds - Classic chicken soup recipe is not only the perfect remedy for colds, but also very nutritious. Grandmother's soup recipe

Chicken soup is easy to digest and absolutely wholesome

If you have a cold, you shouldn’t think about heavy food. The smell of food coming from the kitchen is often enough to make you lose your appetite. This recipe for classic chicken soup is completely different and you will want to eat the soup even if you are healthy.

The soup is easy to digest, wholesome and provides the body with important nutrients at the same time. The stomach is not unnecessarily burdened and the ingredients make it easy to eat, even for sick patients with colds or sore throats and runny noses.

Even those with stomach problems will enjoy the classic chicken soup – it is simply clear, light and quickly provides warmth and strength.

Classic chicken soup - simply explained - against colds - Classic chicken soup recipe is not only the perfect remedy for colds, but also very nutritious. Grandmother's soup recipe

One base for chicken soup – many possible variations

This simple chicken soup recipe is very easily adaptable, whether in the winter months with plenty of noodles and chicken on the side and ginger or chilli as spices, or with light herbs, lots of vegetables and fresh coriander in the summer months. There are countless options for rediscovering this basic chicken soup recipe time and time again.

The recipe is therefore ideal for cooking larger quantities in advance and then taking them out of the freezer. Ideally, the classic chicken soup should then be defrosted slowly in the fridge for 24 hours and the clear broth then only added with fresh vegetables or other ingredients.

Classic chicken soup - simply explained - against colds - Classic chicken soup recipe is not only the perfect remedy for colds, but also very nutritious. Grandmother's soup recipe

Tradition meets the modern world

It’s often these grandmother’s recipes that help when you’re not feeling so well. It is the mixture of tradition and recipes that are passed down from generation to generation and the proven health benefits of a classic chicken soup for colds to strengthen the immune system.

It’s even better when you can often prevent or at least relieve a cold before you have to visit the doctor or take medication.

Classic chicken soup as a starter for Christmas or Easter

Even though classic chicken soup was initially seen as an effective household remedy for colds, the soup base has its place in traditional Christmas or Easter dishes.

A soup at festive times of year, when the weather at Easter or Christmas is still cool, often wet and rainy, or when you are skiing in the mountains, also radiates warmth and coziness, creates an inner atmosphere of calm and a sense of having arrived.

Lobster Soup Recipe Atlantic – Best Soup in Hamburg
Favorite and popular recipe for traditional lobster soup from the Kempinski Hotel Atlantic in Hamburg. The best lobster soup recipe and fish soup recipe for special occasions with lobster.
Also try our delicious lobster soup…
Lobster soup recipe - Best soup in Hamburg with tradition since 1909 - instructions simple recipe for lobster soup - always succeeds - a recipe over decades not public, VIPs love this lobster soup from Hamburg - Restaurant Atlantic Hamburg - Fine Dining Experience - Foodblog

At the same time, the classic chicken soup as a starter naturally has the advantage of being light and not making the heavy main course even more extreme. Light starters are always welcome and while in summer people prefer a salad, in winter soup helps to stimulate the appetite in a light way.

The classic chicken soup base is also a perfect help in the kitchen. If you are expecting lots of guests and family for the festive season, you will be delighted if you can prepare many dishes in advance, simply add fresh ingredients and then serve them fresh.

Thanks to the pleasant flavor of the classic chicken soup, you can also just add vegetables and serve it fresh or use the chicken from the recipe as a side dish.

Classic chicken soup – for colds, Christmas or Easter

5 from 2 votes
Classic chicken soup - simply explained - against colds - Classic chicken soup recipe is not only the perfect remedy for colds, but also very nutritious. Grandmother's soup recipe
A traditional chicken soup is not only a lovely starter for Christmas or Easter, but also helps perfectly against colds and in the cold season. The healthy warmth quickly reaches the body and recovery can begin. Our recipe for a classic chicken soup is easy to make, the soup can also be frozen and then prepared again with fresh ingredients as required. The recipe for chicken soup is very simple and relatively quick.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cooking time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine German
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 39 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 cooking pot large
  • 1 cutting board
  • 1 cutting knife
  • 1 sifter
  • 1 bowls

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 chicken approx. 2.8 – 3kg – (it can also be 2 chickens of 1.5kg each) – preferably organic
  • 1 stalk leek alternative type of leek also possible
  • 200 g carrots
  • 2 vegetable onion
  • 200 g celeriac
  • 200 g celery
  • 400 g broccoli alternatively e.g. cauliflower
  • 1 bunch parsley alternatively chives
  • 10 g salt
  • 20 g peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp chilli alternatively add 3-4cm sliced ginger, approx. 1cm diameter

Recipe-Instruction
 

  • Remove the soup chicken from the packaging and pat dry with a kitchen towel. Remove any remaining feathers and make two or three small holes in the top half (towards the lid of the pot) with a knife. This will prevent air from forming in the chicken later and the chicken floating on top.
    1 chicken
  • Then peel the carrots, cut the leek into about 5mm slices, peel the onions large and cut into quarters and clean the broccoli and cut into individual sprigs and add to the pot.
    1 stalk (1) leek
    200 g (7.00 oz) carrots
    2 vegetable onion
    400 g (14 oz) broccoli
  • Finally, cut the celery and celeriac into strips of about 1 cm and add to the pan.
    200 g (7 oz) celery
    200 g (7 oz) celeriac
  • Fill the cooking pot with cold water to the maximum level. For my recipe, I used a 10-liter pot – and had to add about 6 liters of water. If you only have smaller pots (e.g. 5-6 liter pots), you can easily divide it between two pots.
  • Then heat the pot – slowly – on a medium heat on your stove until you see the first warming, then slowly increase the heat.
    It is important that the chicken is heated slowly and not by extreme and fast heat.
  • Just before the classic chicken soup starts to boil, you can add the spices and stir the soup gently.
    10 g (1,5 tsp) salt
    20 g (4 tsp) peppercorns
    1/2 tsp (0,5 tsp) chilli
  • Note: Chilli can also be added later and dosed individually per portion, as some people cannot tolerate chilli. Ginger can be a good alternative here, as it also helps with colds.
  • Then simmer the chicken soup on a low heat (approx. 25% of the maximum power of the stove) for approx. 2.5 hours.
    Start 150 minutes timer here
    It is advisable to remove the turbid matter floating on top with a spoon from time to time.
    Classic chicken soup - simply explained - against colds - Classic chicken soup recipe is not only the perfect remedy for colds, but also very nutritious. Grandmother's soup recipe
  • After the time has elapsed, carefully remove the soup chicken from the pot and ideally place it in a sieve, as a lot of hot soup will still run out of the chicken (be careful – the chicken usually falls apart into many pieces).
  • Then pass the soup through a fine-mesh sieve and collect in a bowl or pot. The overcooked vegetables can be removed and discarded.
  • Remove the skin and bones from the soup chicken and cut into small pieces. Ideally, these can also be pre-packaged in portions and then added fresh to the soup. It can also be packed in small bags and frozen. It is advisable not to freeze the chicken meat directly with the pure classic chicken soup, but preferably to treat it separately.
  • You can now portion this pure classic chicken soup freely and then refine it with fresh carrots, cauliflower or broccoli, celery or other vegetables to taste and season with fresh herbs, alternatively fresh chilli, etc.
    Shortly before the vegetables are cooked, you can add your portion of chicken.
    Soup noodles or freshly made homemade noodles are also a good accompaniment.
    1 bunch (1) parsley

Notes

When the soup has cooled down, you can remove the fat from the surface again, e.g. with a spoon or ladle. It is much easier to do this than while the soup is still warm.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Classic chicken soup – for colds, Christmas or Easter
Amount Per Serving
Calories 39 Calories from Fat 3
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.3g0%
Saturated Fat 0.1g1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.04g
Cholesterol 0.2mg0%
Sodium 377mg16%
Potassium 302mg9%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 3095IU62%
Vitamin C 34mg41%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword chicken soup, classic soup, simple appetizer, soup for Christmas, soup for colds, soup for Easter, soup in winter, soup with chicken
Have you tried the recipe?Mention @MyGermanBakery or tag #mygermanbakery and we love to give feedback!!

A good accompaniment to the clear soup is of course always delicious and freshly baked warm bread, such as the wholemeal bread we use.

I’m curious to know whether you also cook the chicken soup in the classic version, as listed below according to grandma’s recipe, or whether you add other ingredients.

If you’re looking for an alternative to classic chicken soup for Christmas, why not try what is perhaps the best lobster soup in the world?

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken approx. 2.8 - 3kg - (it can also be 2 chickens of 1.5kg each) - preferably organic
  • 1 stalk leek alternative type of leek also possible
  • 200 g carrots
  • 2 vegetable onion
  • 200 g celeriac
  • 200 g celery
  • 400 g broccoli alternatively e.g. cauliflower
  • 1 bunch parsley alternatively chives
  • 10 g salt
  • 20 g peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp chilli alternatively add 3-4cm sliced ginger, approx. 1cm diameter

Table of Contents

My passion for baking was awakened through many trips worlwide, but I prefer to know what I eat… if you like to learn more about me, click here or visit my lifestyle blog

More matching recipes

Hi I'm Vanessa

My passion for baking was awakened through many trips worlwide, but I prefer to know what I eat… if you like to learn more about me, click here or visit my lifestyle blog

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating





SEARCH OUR RECIPES

Our aim is to make popular recipes simple and easy to interpret, so that even beginners can enjoy baking and cooking and professionals can get new ideas for their own recipes.

SEARCH OUR RECIPES

Our aim is to make popular recipes simple and easy to interpret, so that even beginners can enjoy baking and cooking and professionals can get new ideas for their own recipes.