I don't know about you, but I love chicken soup especially as the weather starts to turn or if I have a cold. This is a great recipe from the folks at the Ambitious Kitchen that takes the traditional version and adds some interesting spices which you can always opt out of if you want a more traditional version. Besides being absolutely delicious, it also is packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients like ginger, turmeric, garlic which spice it up!
I'm also a huge fan of Israeli couscous/pearls since they are more delicate than traditional noodles, but you can use either.
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil
- 6 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 2 large carrots, thinly sliced
- 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon fresh grated turmeric (or 1 teaspoon ground turmeric)
- 6 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs
- 1 teaspoon freshly chopped rosemary
- 1 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme, stems removed
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup pearl or Israeli couscous
- 2/3 cup frozen peas (optional, but recommended)
Place a large dutch oven or pot over medium high heat and add in oil. Once oil is hot, add in garlic, onion, carrots and celery; cook for a few minutes until onion becomes translucent.
Next add in grated ginger and grated turmeric. Sauté for 30 seconds to let the spices cook a bit, then add in chicken broth, chicken breast, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper.
Bring soup to a boil, then stir in couscous. You’ll want the chicken to be covered by the broth so make sure you stir them down to the bottom.
Reduce heat to medium low and simmer uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked.
Once chicken is cooked, remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a cutting board to shred with two forks. Add chicken back to pot then stir in frozen peas. If you find that you don't have enough broth, feel free to add in another cup. Everyone likes their soup differently. Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary.
Sprinkle with your favorite morsels. Keep it simple with Sea Salt or try Rockin' Rosemary or Killer Garlic for more of a flavor punch!