General Health, Recipes

A Southern Momma’s Chicken Soup Recipe


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut and shredded into small sizes.
  • 10 cups of homemade chicken broth or 5 cans of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of celery, cut in small pieces
  • 1 small, sweet onion, cut in small pieces
  • 2 or 3 cloves of garlic, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of red
  • pepper (optional for an extra kick)
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh cut parsley
  • 3 small potatoes, chopped into small bite-size pieces


Simmer for several hours. You will know it’s done when it’s all tender and the chicken is fully cooked.

Studies show chicken soup is effective in delivering these health benefits:

1. Hydration. Hot liquid in chicken soup keeps you hydrated, which is crucial during illness.
2. Nutrient-Rich Broth. The warm chicken broth is rich in nutrients, including vitamins, minerals and amino acids, which can support the immune system.
3. Anti-Inflammatory. Ingredients like garlic, onions and various herbs have anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is a common symptom of respiratory infections, and these components may help reduce inflammation in the body.
4. Mucous Clearance. Some research suggests that chicken soup promote the movement of nasal mucus, helping to clear airways and relieve congestion.