Why do people feed their loved ones chicken soup when they’re not feeling well? Why does chicken soup make you feel better? Chicken soup is one of the best foods you can eat when you have the flu or a cold because it soothes your symptoms and helps clear congestions when you’re sick. Chicken soup also makes you feel better because the salt in the soup helps reduce soreness in your throat. There are even studies that suggest the ingredients help reduce inflammation—which also helps with congestion and detoxification.
This recipe will not only pack the benefits of chicken soup but also the benefits of zucchini. And you don’t have to be sick to enjoy this gluten free anti-inflammatory dish! We eat it year round.
Chicken Zoodle Soup
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 large onion chopped
- 2 cups celery chopped
- 2 ½ cups carrots sliced
- 3 Tbsp ginger grated
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 ½ lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 quarts chicken broth
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- ¼ tsp crushed red pepper or to taste
- ½ tsp ground turmeric
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes or crushed red pepper or to taste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3 cups broccoli florets
- 1 ½ cups spinach chopped
- ¼ cup parsley minced
- 3 cups spiralized zucchini
- Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot. Add onions, celery, carrots, ginger and garlic. Saute about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until softened.
- Add the chicken, broth, vinegar, red pepper, turmeric, salt and pepper.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken and set aside to cool.
- Add the broccoli to the pot and cook an additional 5 minutes. While cooking, shred the chicken and stir back into the soup.
- Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the spinach and parsley. Adjust seasoning to taste.
- Heat spiralized zucchini in a bowl in the microwave, just until warm. Divide heated zoodles into 6 bowls.
- Ladle hot soup over zoodles and serve.
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