Immune Boosting Chicken Stew

Help Fight Colds This Winter With A

Wholesome Immune Boosting Chicken Stew

 

When I was little, my Mum used to make me chicken soup when I was poorly.  I used to think it had magic in it, because it always used to make me feel soooo much better… what’s that saying “a hug in a mug”?  This  recipe is an adaption on my Mum’s soup,  a kind of chunkier  more satisfying version for a cold winters day (I would also say more wholesome, but she would kill me if she read this blog!).

Why is this old wives remedy so good for you?  The chicken in the stew can help to clear mucus, along with providing your body with the building blocks it needs to recover from an illness. It also is a great source of Tryptophan, which is required by the body in order to produce Serotonin , the happy hormone. This gives you a mental boost when you are feeling out of sorts.  The vegetables (use whatever you have, don’t just stick to the ones in the recipe) are all packed with nutrients, even the herbs used have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory  properties. To top it all off, because the casserole has been well cooked, your body will find it easier to digest which overall means your body has more energy to fight infection!

Ingredients (4 Servings):

400g boned and chopped chicken thighs

1  litres chicken stock (if you made it yourself you get massive brownie points!)

2 gloves of crushed garlic

1 large leek, thinly sliced

2 finely chopped stems of celery

3 carrots diced or slices

300 grams new potatoes halved or quartered depending on size

1/4 of large cabbage (any type) thinly slices

150g of peas

1 tablespoon of flour

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Seasoning to taste

Method:

In a large pan with a tablespoon of olive oil lightly sweat (soften in own juices) the vegetables excluding potatoes and peas. Add the garlic and chicken , followed by the  flour, mixing everything up to ensure  everything is well coated.  Pour in the stock, add the potatoes, bring to the boil, then turn down to a simmer for about 30 mins until the potatoes are cooked.  Then throw in the peas and cook for another 2 mins.

Chicken Stew THHG

 Serve up in big bowls and enjoy  the comfort!

 

 

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