Ooof. The past few days have been rough for me. I started to come down with some sort of crud on Monday and have been fighting it ever since. I’m fortunate in the sense that it is a rare occasion for me to feel ill, but darn – it really stinks when you don’t feel well.
Of course, when I’m feeling sick there are always certain foods that can help the healing process. Soup is one of them. A chicken noodle/chicken rice soup sounded great, but I thought I’d try throwing in a few additional ingredients to take it up a notch. I am so glad I did, because although this soup did not heal me completely, I swear it helped the process a bit. It’s easy to make with rotisserie chicken, or if you happen to have some leftover from another meal.
I recommend making the broth mixture without adding the rice until you serve; I like being able to control how big of a scoop goes into each bowl. I do the same thing with chicken noodle soup – the noodles are always set to the side until serving!
Do you have a favorite soup to make when you aren’t feeling well?
Lemongrass, Ginger, and Cilantro Chicken Soup
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup celery, diced
1 medium jalapeno, diced (more or less according to taste)
1 quart chicken broth (I use lower sodium)
1 tablespoon ginger, grated/minced
1 tablespoon lemongrass (I use Gourmet Garden)
1/2 pound cooked chicken, shredded or chopped (rotisserie chicken or leftover works well)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
Sticky white rice
1. Heat a large stock pot over medium. Add the shredded carrots, celery, and jalapeno to the pot. Allow the vegetables to cook for 3-4 minutes until they become aromatic.
2. Add the chicken broth, ginger, lemongrass, and chicken to the pot. Stir to combine. Turn heat to medium low, then allow the soup to simmer for at least 20 minutes to heat through.
3. Stir in the chopped cilantro leaves a minute or two before serving (you can also garnish on top as you serve each bowl if desired). To serve, scoop your desired amount of white rice on the bottom of a soup bowl, then ladle the broth mixture on top of the rice. Enjoy!