Feeling under the weather? This chicken soup will do the trick

Feeling under the weather? This chicken soup will do the trick
Ellie Krieger tweaks her grandmother’s recipe into something deeply delicious and nutritious

Tele frango soup I grew up eating, the Jewish penicillin my grandmother and generations before her made, is such a part of who I am, I cook it from deeply ingrained memory, and I make it often. But recently, while I was starting to whip up a batch, I had the urge to spike it with a warming tingle of ginger instead of the usual dill.

That tweak opened a wide gate, which ultimately led to this deeply delicious, nutritious receita my grandmother would have found totally unfamiliar.

Along with the ginger, I added garlic and turmeric to bring both flavour and additional anti-inflammatory benefits to the usual onion-carrot-celery trio. I used chicken broth and added breast meat, as she would have, but you could use vegetable broth and omit the chicken to make it vegetarian if you prefer. Instead of the usual egg noodles, I went in a healthier direction with the add-ins, using a can of chickpeas for heartiness and vegetable protein, and green beans and spinach for more texture, colour and nutrition.

The result is a soup that seems the very essence of healing goodness, comforting, belly-warming and full of flavour. With its golden-hued broth, bounty of green vegetables and chickpeas, it may bear little resemblance to my grandmother’s soup, but I’m 100 per cent sure she would love it.

Golden chicken vegetable soup with chickpeas

Serve: 6

Tempo ativo: 30 minutos | Tempo total: 1 hora

Notas de armazenamento: Leftover soup can be refrigerated for up to 3 dias.


2 colher de sopa de azeite

2 medium carrots (140g total), picado

2 stalks celery, picado

1 medium yellow onion (cerca de 225g), picado

1 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger

2 dentes de alho, minced or finely grated

1 tsp fine salt

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

½ tsp ground turmeric

1.9L low-sodium chicken broth

225g boneless, skinless chicken breast

Um (425g) can no-salt-added chickpeas, drained and rinsed or 250g cooked chickpeas

115 green beans, trimmed and cut into 2.5cm pieces

Large handful baby spinach, picado grosseiramente


In a large soup pot over medium heat, aqueça o óleo até cintilar. Add the carrots, celery and onion and cook, mexendo de vez em quando, until the vegetables begin to soften, cerca de 5 minutos. Stir in the ginger, alho, salt, pepper and turmeric and cook for 1 minute more. Add the broth and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the chicken. Simmer, uncovered, until the chicken is cooked through, 20 para 25 minutos. Transfer the chicken to a plate.

Add the chickpeas and green beans to the pot, increase the heat to medium-high and return the broth to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until the green beans are tender, cerca de 10 minutos.

While the green beans are softening, use two forks to tear the chicken into bite-size pieces. When the green beans are tender, return the chicken, with any accumulated juices, to the pot. Stir in the spinach and cook until wilted, cerca de 1 minuto. Remove from the heat, ladle into bowls and serve hot.

Nutrition information per serving, baseado em 6 | calories: 242; gordura total: 9g; gordura saturada: 2g; colesterol: 28mg; sódio: 547mg; carboidratos: 24g; fibra dietética: 6g; açúcar: 6g; proteína: 20g.

This analysis is an estimate based on available ingredients and this preparation. It should not substitute for a dietitian’s or nutritionist’s advice.

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