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Chicken Soup to Build Immunity

Chicken soup is a timeless healing meal. Since you were a child, you’ve probably been given chicken soup to cure a cold or as an adult purchased chicken soup and crackers when you felt sick. Chicken soup can help clear congestion, mucus, and provide essential nutrients and fluids to replenish your immune system when you are sick.

Chicken Soup to Clear Congestion

Chicken soup contains an amino acid called cysteine. There is scientific evidence that cysteine has demonstrated effectiveness at reducing the incidence of colds and symptoms. There is a common drug used to treat colds and congestion in the lungs called NAC or  N-Acetylcysteine– comprised of the amino acid L-cysteine.

Cystiene can be found in foods high in protein such as chicken. It is an antioxidant that can help with congestion as a natural expectorant altering mucus viscosity. The presence of cysteine in chicken soup is likely the reason chicken soup is commonly given to sick people to help them recover.

Broth for Healing?

There are mixed reviews about the merits of bone broth for building the immune system. It’s possible that the nutrients in broth come from the vegetables in the broth. There are still benefits from drinking warm broth to re-hydrating your body while you are sick.

Celery, Carrots, & Onions- The Perfect Combo for Healing

Carrots and celery contain antioxidants, vitamin C, and vitamin A. This makes them an excellent addition to soup to help strengthen the immune system and reduce the length of sickness. Both carrots and celery also reduce inflammation.

Onions, the third main vegetable in this soup, contains vitamin C, B vitamins, and antioxidants. Onions have anti-fungal, anti-microbial properties. Garlic is also known to have anti-microbial properties through a chemical called allicin.

The bottom line- Chicken Soup for Immunity Building

Any one individual component of this chicken soup has demonstrated healing properties. When you combine them together, this recipe can help you build your immune system, lessen the duration of illness, and act as an anti-microbial.

Try this recipe next time you have a cold or illness and determine the healing properties for yourself. 🍲

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This recipe was inspired by Wild Rice and Chicken Soup by Glenda Baldwin.

If you’re looking for more immunity boosting recipes check out:
– ✳️Spicy Tropical Green Smoothie
– ☕️ Turmeric, Ginger, Cinnamon Tea

Need a Pot for this Soup? Try One of These!

Finding the right pot for your soup is a vital part of your cooking experience. Consider your storage space, range size, type of range, and what will be most versatile for other uses. Here are a few options:



10 minutes


  • Slice chicken breasts into thin slices or chunks, whichever you prefer.
  • Chop carrots and celery into 1/8″ chunks.
  • Dice 1 medium onion.
  • Dice 2 cloves of garlic.
  • Rinse rice- instructions on how to rinse starch from rice can be found here.

Cook Chicken

10 minutes


  • In large dutch oven, heat olive oil on medium-high heat.
  • Season chicken slices with rosemary, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and salt on both sides.
  • Add chicken slices in single layer to bottom of dutch oven, be careful not to stack pieces.  Cook on one side, flip each piece using tongs to cook through on both sides. 
  • Add onion and garlic before chicken is finished cooking on second side.  Cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes until garlic and onions are clear.  If needed, add a small amount of olive oil to ensure garlic and onions don’t stick to the pot.

Add Remaining Ingredients & Cook

35 minutes


  • Add carrots, celery, spices, butter, and chicken bouillon. Mix with chicken, garlic, and onions.  Do not drain liquid. 
  • Add rice, making sure to rinse starch from rice prior to adding. 
  • Slowly add chicken stock and water. 
  • If you want a creamy soup, add heavy whipping cream instead of last cup of water.  If you want a lower-fat lactose free creamy soup, use lactaid instead of last cup of water. 
  • Add rinsed basmati and wild rice.
  • Boil on medium heat for 30 minutes, reduce to low heat, boil another 30 minutes.  Serve hot. 
Conclusion: How to Boost Your Immunity Using this Recipe

Substitute 1 meal per day with this chicken and wild rice soup recipe.

Combine with other immunity building recipes for other meals such as the Tropical Spicy Green Smoothie for breakfast.

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Hi, I'm Wendie! I'm a public health advocate, national leader in mental health promotion and a Level 2 Spin Power Certified indoor cycle instructor teaching in Germantown, MD and a Reiki practitioner. I'm currently exploring my personal wellness and hope to inspire wide-scale wellness practices through social change, health promotion, violence prevention, fitness and education.
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