Chicken soup has been used for ages as a home remedy for the common cold and flu but did you know that with the right ingredients, it can be great for inflammation? Here is a tasty anti-inflammatory chicken soup recipe that is packed with vitamins and nutrients to reduce joint pain.
Before we begin though with the recipe, I would like to remind you to always reduce the amount of sodium you add to your foods if you suffer from inflammation.
Anti-Inflammatory Chicken Soup
Getting rid of inflammation is not as hard as it may seem unless there is a more serious underlying medical cause, simply changing your diet can work wonders.
Eating the right foods and reducing fast and fried foods is the best place to start. You also want to drink enough water and get enough sleep plus incorporate at least 1 hour of exercise 3-4 times per week into your routine.
Anti-inflammatory Chicken Soup Recipe
This anti-inflammatory chicken soup yields 6 servings and takes around 1 hour to make.
- 2 pounds of chicken breast (boiled & shredded)
- 6 cups of chicken stock or broth
- 1 large onion (chopped)
- 3 large carrots (chopped)
- 3 celery stalks (chopped)
- 2 large garlic cloves (minced)
- 2 cups of cabbage (chopped)
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 inches of ginger root (grated)
- salt & black pepper to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon of rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon of thyme (optional)
- 1 tablespoon of parsley (chopped)
Start by heating the olive oil in a very large pot, add in the onions, celery, carrots, and cabbage. Let it sautee for 8-10 minutes or until they become soft.
Next, add the ginger, garlic, and seasoning. Stir and let it cook for 2-3 minutes, add in the chicken breast and chicken broth.
Let it cook on low heat for 30 to 45 minutes or until you think it’s well-cooked. You can serve it with fresh parsley and lemon juice but it’s completely optional.
Chicken Soup For Inflammation Nutrition Facts
Each serving of this chicken soup contains 291 calories, 13% total fat, 5% saturated fat, 32% cholesterol, 38% sodium, 4% total carbs, 9% dietary fiber, 4.5 grams of sugar, 38.1 grams of protein, 1% vitamin D, 4% calcium, 9% iron, and 22% potassium.
How This Chicken Soup Helps Reduce Inflammation
So the chicken is just for protein but the ginger, turmeric, celery, and carrots are extremely effective in reducing inflammation and joint pain.
According to NIH, ginger has a ton of anti-inflammatory properties and has been used as a home remedy to treat different types of infections and help detox the body as well.
Not only is turmeric great for preventing blood clots by preventing platelets from clumping together but it also lowers two enzymes that cause inflammation in the body.
If you want a natural ibuprofen (anti-inflammatory drug) remember celery every time because adding them to your recipes will give you the same effect. They also have some amazing anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties too!
Then we have garlic and cabbage, these two contain sulfur compounds that help reduce joint pain caused by inflammation so definitely add them in there.
Other anti-inflammatory soups you may want to try:
- Anti-Inflammatory Bean Soup
- Anti-Inflammatory Lentil Soup
- Anti-Inflammatory Soup Cleanse That Works!
- Anti-Inflammatory Cabbage Soup
- Anti-Inflammatory Carrot Soup
- Cauliflower Soup For Inflammation
Are you going to try this chicken soup for inflammation? Waiting to hear how you liked it or if it helped reduce your symptoms in the comments below. Remember, you can find me on Pinterest for more awesome and healthy recipes. Until next time, stay awesome mama!