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Mama’s Healing Chicken Soup

October 25, 2012

Remember how I was sick for 2 weeks and consequently couldn’t run the half-marathon. Ya, you’re right no need to go over that again. I made it to the doctor last Tuesday and it turns out I had sinusitis and pneumonia. I had to stay at home for the rest of the week and did nothing else than sleep, eat and read blogs. By Wednesday I was pretty bored. I had already cleaned the kitchen, bathroom and my room and was more than happy to go back to work on Friday. But after another check-up my sick leave was extended further. It seems like all the medicine didn’t really work!

What did help though was this:


Mama’s Chicken Soup. My mom used to make this for us all the time as soon as we had a scratchy throat or the slightest cough. But I swear, it had healing properties. A big bonus: it is filling and can be prepared in big batches that you can sustain yourself of off for days. This means you can feel terribly ill and still eat marvelous home-made chicken soup every single day.

At home we make the soup in a pressure cooker which takes about a quarter of the time it does using a normal pot, but it’s still possible without. You’ll just have to be more patient. I know patience is the last thing you’ll have when you’re sick so let’s get right started.

{Can you tell that I had lots of time while making the soup? I have step-by-step instructions!}

Get a big pot, fill it with water and drop in 5-6 chicken wings. The organic kind if possible and add parsley.


Set the heat to high. Chop your vegetables and add in the first lot. I’ve labeled it accordingly Smile

Chicken Soup Ingredients

First add the leek and celery root. After about an hour or so add the parsley root and carrots.

Chicken Soup Ingredients 2

Season with salt and pepper. If possible use whole pepper corns but I was incapable of opening my pepper grinder so I used ground instead.


When the chicken is cooked take out the wings and let them cool on a plate for a bit.


Then start peeling off the meat. It should be tender enough for it to basically fall off the bones.


Throw the chicken meat back in with the stock and vegetables. Then take out the cooked vegetables out on the plate.


Cut them into bite size pieces . . .


. . . and throw them back in with the chicken and stock. At this stage season the soup according to your taste. You may need to add half a cube of chicken bouillon.

Now let’s make some noodles. At home we use thin soup noodles that basically cook in less than 3 minutes. Perfect for when you’re really hungry or can’t stand up straight for more than 5 minutes. But feel free to use whichever kind you like.


Heat up a small pot of water and once simmering add the noodles.


Once the noodles are cooked, fill up a big bowl with soup and plenty of vegetables. Add some noodles and slurp your way to health.


Mama’s Healing Chicken Soup

serves 4

Print this recipe


  • 1 big pot of water
  • 5-6 organic chicken wings
  • fresh parsley
  • 6 carrots
  • 1 small leek
  • 1 celery root
  • 2 parsley roots
  • salt and pepper {if possible whole pepper corns}
  • 200g of noodles {soup noodles or any other that you prefer}
  • {+ optionally: a cube of chicken bouillon}


These are the instructions if you are using a normal pot. If you can or don’t have that much time on your hand, use a pressure cooker and throw in all the vegetables at the same time. The overall cooking time will be less!

  1. Heat up water in a big pot and add the chicken wings and parsley. While that is heating up you can prep the vegetables {peel the carrots, etc.}
  2. Then add the thinly cut leek and celery root and 2-3 pepper corns.
  3. Now it’s time to walk away for an hour or so…but before you do make sure that the water is simmering. Close the lid and check back every 10-15min.
  4. After about an hour add the parsley root and carrots. Close the lid and walk away.
  5. Now it should take about 30-40 minutes for the carrots to cook and for the soup to finish up. At this point you can also season with salt and pepper {if you haven’t done so already}.
  6. Once everything is cooked carefully take out the chicken wings with tongs or a fork and peel off the meat. Throw the meat back into the pot.
  7. Then take out all the vegetables and cut them into bite-size chunks. Also throw these back.
  8. Now give the soup a final taste. We add 1/2 or a whole cube of chicken bouillon if the soup needs more seasoning but this is personal preference and depends on how salty you like your soup. It will not always be necessary.
  9. When you are done to eat cook the soup noodles according to the instructions.
  10. Add cooked noodles to a big bowl and cover with lots of soup, chicken and vegetables.
  11. Enjoy!!!


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  • Reply Emilie @ Hungry Delights October 25, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Yummm! Thanks so much for posting this – I am going to bookmark this for the next time I am feeling under the weather. I hope your recovering from your pneunomia!

    xo Emilie @ Hungry Delights

    • Reply Antonia October 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      Yes, I am! Feeling a lot better now 🙂

  • Reply Kathryn October 25, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I can tell that I’m going to need a lot of this over the winter, thank you for sharing the recipe!

  • Reply Bec October 26, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Oh this looks fabulous! It’s way too hot to even fathom soup here now, but this looks like it’ll be a staple next year! 🙂

    • Reply Antonia October 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      Nice! It started snowing in Germany this weekend…it’s freezing!!!!

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  • Reply Clair October 27, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Oooh, I love the sound of celery root in there…I am dying to make some soup now…it’s officially on the agenda for this weekend.

    And thanks for the link love!!

    • Reply Antonia October 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      You’re welcome. Your recipe sounds great! Glad it’s cold enough now to eat soups every single day, I will have to try your recipe soon!!!

  • Reply Meghan@cleaneatsfastfeets October 28, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Wow these are great pictures. I love the step by step instructions. Great stuff.

    • Reply Antonia October 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      just shows that I was bored!!!

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