Maman’s Cold Busting Chicken Soup

Cold busting soup
photo credit: Katherine Macnaughton

Suffering from a lingering cold? Try this homemade recipe straight out of my mother’s kitchen.
Ginger and garlic are the star ingredients, but the chicken broth and greens give the soup the warm and cozy feeling. Couple with a slice of crusty bread or tomato crositini and enjoy this soup’s healing effect!

Yield: 6 large bowls

1 small onion, finely chopped
1-2 tbsp. olive oil or a knob of butter
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2-4 inch piece of ginger, minced
Celery (1/2 cup diced)
Turnip (1 cup diced)
6 cups of chicken broth
Leftover chicken pieces from chicken thighs or wings (if available)
Leftover broccoli stems (if available)
1 tbsp. fish sauce/ hot sauce
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large pot, sauté onions, garlic and ginger until soft in butter or olive oil, but do not brown the ingredients.
  2. Add celery, turnip and broccoli stems to pot and sauté until soft (5 mins or so).
  3. Add the chicken broth and allow the soup to simmer for 3 hours.
  4. Make sure the soup remains clear and peppery.

* This recipe continually changes to reflect what is available in your kitchen. Feel free to adapt it to whatever vegetables you may have around.

Chicken soup
photo credit: Katherine Macnaughton

Fresh crusty baguette
1 package cherry tomatoes
Fresh basil
Gruyère cheese
Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Slice the baguette lengthwise and drizzle olive oil over fresh centre.
  2. Halve the cherry tomatoes and place on top of the olive oil.
  3. Slice the gruyère cheese and intertwine around the cherry tomatoes.
  4. Add basil leaves and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Broil in oven for 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the cherry tomatoes are wrinkled.
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