Sadly, my grandmother passed away last week. She will live on in many ways but especially in the recipes and traditions she taught our family. I learned how to make chicken soup from my mom, who learned from my grandma. Grandma’s healing chicken soup is my go-to whenever I am feeling unwell. It’s super easy and the perfect comfort food.
I modified her recipe slightly but the key ingredient is chicken breast on the bone. Thanks to my grandmother, I’ve been making “bone broth” since I learned how to cook. Our grandparents understood both the flavor, and health benefits of including the bone way before today’s trend.
This version of Grandma’s Chicken Soup is gluten-free and dairy-free. Many chicken soup recipes call for pasta but I’ve substituted for wild rice. Try to opt for organic veggies whenever possible.
- 2 organic chicken breasts on the bone (split halves = 2 chicken breasts)
- gluten-free wild rices (I use Lundberg)
- 1 large yellow onion
- 3-4 carrots
- 2 small-medium zucchinis
- 2 containers of Pacific Organic Chicken Broth
- sprig of rosemary (feel free to substitute some oregano or thyme)
- pink sea salt
- olive oil
- coconut oil
- Cook 1 cup of Lundberg wild rice (add 2 cups of water, a teaspoon of coconut oil, bring to a boil and simmer for 40-45 min covered)
- Dice onions, slice carrots, and chop zucchini into bite-sized cubes
- In a separate soup pot, sauté all vegetables with olive oil, sea salt, and pepper until onions are translucent and vegetables are slightly softened
- Rinse both chicken breasts under cold water, pat dry with paper towel and add to pot
- Add enough Pacific Chicken Broth to cover the contents in the pot (I usually add 1.5 containers to leave room for the rice)
- Add sprig of rosemary (only add 1 as it can overpower the soup)
- Season with sea salt and pepper.
- Bring to a boil and simmer for about 45 minutes (covered but leaving the lid cracked a bit)
- Once the chicken is cooked, remove chicken from pot and put on a dish where you can take the chicken off the bone with a fork and knife (it should come off easily)
- Discard the bone and add shredded chicken back to the soup pot
- Mix in wild rice
This dish is simple to make, includes easy to find ingredients and just plain delicious. It’s my go-to when I’m sick, tired of the cold winter weather or just want to feel warm and fuzzy. Enjoy!