Chicken Noodle Soup for the Soul

When it comes to fighting the flu, a hot and nourishing soup can provide comfort and help alleviate symptoms. Here's a recipe for chicken noodle soup, a classic option that is often recommended for its soothing and immune-boosting properties.


  • 1 large whole chicken (about 1.2 - 1.8kg)
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup egg noodles (or your preferred pasta)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


  1. Place the whole chicken in a large soup pot and add water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 1 hour. Skim off any foam or impurities that rise to the surface.
  2. Remove the chicken from the pot and set it aside to cool. Once it's cool enough to handle, shred the meat and discard the skin and bones. Set the shredded chicken aside.
  3. Return the chicken broth to a simmer and add the chopped onion, minced garlic, sliced carrots, sliced celery, bay leaf, and dried thyme. Let it cook for about 10-15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  4. Add the egg noodles or pasta to the pot and cook according to the package instructions until they are al dente.
  5. Once the noodles are cooked, return the shredded chicken to the pot. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Allow the soup to simmer for an additional 5 minutes to heat the chicken through.
  6. Remove the bay leaf from the soup. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with freshly chopped parsley.

This chicken noodle soup is not only delicious but also packed with nutrients that can help boost your immune system and provide relief from flu symptoms. Remember to stay hydrated and consult a healthcare professional if your symptoms persist or worsen.

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