Nancy’s Chicken Soup

by Nancy Newcomer

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 Today I’m home sick with a nasty sore throat and wishing someone would make this for me…hint-hint. No worries, a little self-care goes a long way.  I’ll stumble in the kitchen and put together one of my favorite home remedies~chicken soup.  The thing that makes a big difference in chicken soup is using the whole chicken with all of the bones~they add extra flavor and body to the broth and likely more ” healing powers”…at least I like to think so!  If you like, add a little fresh ginger root to the recipe for boosting the immune system~ it tastes pretty good too. Whether you’re recovering from illness or just want to enjoy a healthy, light meal, you’ll love this recipe. And don’t forget, chicken soup is good for the soul, too ;)
PS This recipe is included in my E-cookbook, The Best of Back to the Kitchen: Soups & Salads Vo1 1 available on the homepage of my website for just $5.99.


  • 8 cups of water
  • 1 whole chicken (skin removed)
  • 1 parsnip
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic chopped
  • 4 large carrots chopped
  • 4 stalks of celery chopped
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 TB sea salt or kosher flakes
  • 2-3 TB parsley spigs–pulled apart.


  1. Put water & chicken in pot w/parsnip, onion and herbs, salt & pepper.
  2. Bring to a boil, turn down to med/low a let simmer 1 hour.
  3. Turn off heat, pull chicken out and remove bones–you may use boneless chicken to avoid this step, but I have found the flavor is better with bone in chicken.
  4. Add celery & carrots. Cook at med for 1 more hour.
  5. Add parsley right before serving.
  6. VOILA!
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