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
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.
Serve up in big bowls and enjoy the comfort!