Nothing seems to taste better and be more comforting than a big bowl full of chicken soup when a cough, congestion and the all-around crud comes on. For generations, the caretakers in my family have sworn by the healing properties of this folksy food remedy, so today I’m sharing a recipe for Best-Ever Chicken and Rice Soup that will have you licking that cold . . . and the bottom of the bowl in no time.
But is it scientifically TRUE that chicken soup is a cure? Untold numbers of researchers have investigated topics from how the hot temperature can unblock stuffy airways to how the zinc found in certain ingredients can lessen the duration of a cold. And, while there is no 100-percent conclusive evidence that chicken soup can cure illnesses, it’s pretty much a sure thing that consuming a hearty serving of soup will help keep you hydrated, chase away chills and reduce certain bothersome symptoms.
That’s why my recipe for Best Ever Chicken and Rice Soup is just what any doctor (or dietician) would order! Ladle into a mug for a nourishing meal when feeling under the weather or whip up a big batch for a light dinner and lunch leftovers to keep your wellness in check every day of the year. Consider doubling the recipe and freezing single serve portions for busy or sick day convenience. No one really wants to be chopping celery while battling sniffles, sneezes and a sinus headache.
One little shortcut I’ve taken with this recipes is using Instantly Fresh Italian Herb Blend to lighten and brighten the broth. It’s infinitely easier and more cost-effective to measure out a portion of this freeze-dried blend of herbs that includes basil, oregano, garlic, red onions, red pepper, marjoram, rosemary and sage than to actually find, purchase and chop up fresh.