Feeling a bit under the weather? Chicken soup will fix ya. At least, that’s what my mom says. Whenever I was down with a cold or just feeling achy all over, she’d make a nice pot of chicken and rice soup and nurse me back to health. Whether you swear by the curative powers of chicken soup or not, it’s hard to deny the comfort you get from a nice bowl of this simple yet flavorful soup, particularly if your mommy is sitting by your bed feeding you by the spoonful.
Moms are great like that. They can pretty much fix anything.
Rumor has it that lots of folks could use some old-fashioned comforting these days. Maybe you caught some bug from someone at work or in school, or maybe it’s just a case of too much winter already. Whatever it is, we’re here to help. And in true Tasty Kitchen style, we’re showing you a number of different ways to change up this tried-and-true classic.
Clockwise from top left: Ree’s Homemade Chicken and Noodles and Simple, Hearty, Chicken and Rice Soup, Quick Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup from ThreeManyCooks, Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup from Lauren’s Latest, Homestyle Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup from missinthekitchen, and Gluten Free Chicken “Noodle” Soup from elanaspantry.
You can even go across the border, borrow a few Tex-Mex flavors, and jazz up that pot of soup. Sometimes, the added spice can really perk you up inside, and many herbs and spices are touted to have additional anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, you get chips in your soup. Just the thought of it makes me feel better already.
Clockwise from top left: Easy One Pot Tortilla Soup from HowSweetEats, Chicken Enchilada Soup from realmomkitchen, Ree’s excellent Chicken Tortilla Soup (she didn’t pay me to say that), Chipotle Chicken Soup from bderas, Chicken Tortilla Soup from tadacreations, and Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup from mommyhatescooking.
Perhaps you’d rather travel over into the Mediterranean, where chicken soup commonly made with lemon (vitamin C!) and egg. Or you can add some beans to boost the protein content. I actually like soup with beans the day after, when some of the beans have dissolved into the soup, making it rich and creamy.
Clockwise from top left: Slow Cooker Lemony Chicken Noodle Soup from sweet anna’s, Mediterranean Chicken, Bean and Pasta Soup from cookincanuck, Easy Greek Lemon Chicken Soup from foodieq, and Chickpea Chicken Soup from HowSweetEats.
Finally, we can go clear across to the other side of the world, where they have everything from simple chicken soup with greens and ginger to Thailand’s classic chicken soup with coconut milk and lemongrass, one of my personal favorites. That is, until I spied ericalea’s Coconut & Chicken Curry Soup, which looks like it could become my new favorite.
Clockwise from top left: Quick Thai Coconut Soup from EatLiveRun, Tom Ka Kai (Chicken Coconut and Mushroom Soup) from jlclawson, Mustard Green Chicken Soup from Liv Wan, Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup – Phở Gà from nancyvnjourney, Thai Chicken Soup with Cilantro-Infused Rice from thekitchenpixie, and Coconut & Chicken Curry Soup from ericalea.
Whether you need the comfort of a nice bowl of soup or just want a hearty, delicious meal, chicken soup is always a good choice.
Do you have a favorite cure for what ails you? Something your mom, dad, grandma or grandpa made for you that always made you feel better? Do share! (And if your mom made you chocolate cake whenever you were under the weather, can I come live with you?)