Cure All Chicken Soup

I created this recipe when I was sick with a cold and have made it for friends and family when they are ill. Everyone raves that it cures them – well, not cure – but it definitely helps them feel better!


Canola and olive oil
2" knob of fresh ginger peeled and sliced thin
4 cloves garlic pressed through a garlic press or dicedd fine
1 large red onion sliced quartered and diced
8 ozs sliced mushrooms
One whole roasting chicken, giblets removed, rinsed and dried
1 tsp Paprika
3/4 tsp crushed oregano
3/4 tsp dried Basil
3/4 tsp dill
3/4 tsp tumeric
3/4 tsp tarragon
1 bay leaf
pinch of cayenne
juice of one lemon
chicken or vegetable broth -- about 32-48 ozs
2 10-oz cans chopped tomatoes
8 ozs of sliced or whole baby carrots
3 stalks of celery
1 red pepper membrane removed and diced into small pieces
Fresh Kale or spinach (optional but good for you!)
4-8 ozs Capellini pasta broken into small pieces (optional)
4 small potatoes if needed (* see below)


In a large Dutch Oven heat oils to cover bottom of pan over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, ginger and mushrooms and saute until everything is fragrant and mushrooms are tender, about 15 minutes. Remove to platter.

Add oil if needed to cover bottom of pot and increase heat just a bit. Season whole chicken with ½ tsp salt per pound and the paprika and place in dutch oven. When browned and beginning to get crispy turn over and repeat on the other side.

Return reserved onion, garlic, ginger and mushroom mix to pot.

Add enough chicken or vegetable stock to barely cover chicken. Add 2 cans of chopped tomatoes. Let simmer for 15 minutes on medium heat.

Remove whole chicken from pot, let cool and remove skin. Slice and cut up the meat you want in your soup. Add to pot.

Add cayenne, bay leaf, lemon juice, and all other seasonings.

Add all vegetables and pasta and simmer soup until vegetables are tender.

* If you added too much cayenne, add small quartered potatoes to remove The Hot!

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8-12 servings

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