Its winter. And its cold. Its also Flu Season. This Easy Homemade Chicken Soup recipe is the most comforting way at our house to get through colds.
The broth is rich and light, with lots of onions, lemon, and cilantro to cut through the stuffy nose. The chicken is tender, and after drinking it, you feel full and satisfied. There have been studies to see why chicken soup, or any of its components, is what makes people feel better after drinking it. The funny thing is that none of those studies were conclusive, it’s not the chicken, the carrots, the onions, or the lemon. But the whole dish has this sort of magic that works.
This country version is my absolute favorite. Its adapted from a recipe from my time at The Regent Bal Harbour in Miami Beach that includes cocktail onions for added acidity. This one is pushed in a more rustic direction by adding bulb onions and spinach, which add a whole lot of vitamins K, B2, B6, B1, and Calcium. Component that strengthen the immune system.
The bulb onions are halved and caramelized. This enhances the sweetness and cooks out the raw flavor, as well as adds a visual interest to the dish.
Perks of caring for sick relatives, all the soup you can eat 🙂
- 1 Chicken breast- diced
- 1 Carrot -Small Diced
- 1 Celery Stalk -small diced
- 12 pearl onions- halved
- Small onion – diced
- 3 cups chicken stock or water
- Lemon juice- to taste
- Salt & pepper
- Cilantro sliced thin
- Bulb onion- halved
- In a saucepot add olive oil and saute onions, carrots, and celery pieces
- As soon as the onions are translucent, add the chicken breast and caramelize
- Add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer, the chicken will cook fast.
- Add the pearl onions, cilantro, and lemon juice
- In a saute pan with olive oil, sear the bulb onions (center side down)
- turn heat to medium and let it caramelize more. Add to soup