Most of us have finally woken up to the fact that food is medicine — what we put into our bodies has an incredible effect on how well it operates, and over the last couple of years I’ve become fascinated with learning more about ingredients that possess super powers when it comes to boosting health. I first read about the idea of an Immunity Soup from Dr. Andrew Weil, whose recipe includes Chinese herbs and mushrooms that have immune-enhancing properties. So I decided to create one of my own, and this Turmeric Chicken Immunity Soup uses easy-to-find ingredients that most of us have floating around in our fridges at any given time.
photos by Ashleigh Amoroso
I love a layered, flavor-packed soup… but I also love weeknight dinners that take less than 20 minutes to prepare, and often those two qualities do not go hand-in-hand. For this one, I used a few of my favorite shortcuts that I frequently employ to make soups taste way more complex than they actually are.
First, rotisserie chicken is your friend. Let’s be real: it tastes just as good as anything you’re going to roast at home, and picking one up on your way home from work and shredding it up (and having leftovers) is way faster and easier than roasting an entire chicken from scratch.
Also, I cook everything in one pot, including the noodles which just get thrown into the soup for the last few minutes of cooking time. They soak up all the spicy flavors and it’s much quicker than cooking the noodles on their own beforehand.
Now let’s talk about these super ingredients. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory agent, and garlic has powerful antibiotic properties that protect heart health. And of course, we’ve all heard about the incredible anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric, which I just heard are more readily absorbed when combined with fat or pepper, both of which are present here. Try to find fresh turmeric root if you can: it’s so good grated into this soup, though powder works great too.
Most importantly, this recipe is insanely delicious and approachable event to non-adventurous eaters — the kids loved that it was basically chicken noodle soup, just a whole lot more delicious. Keep scrolling for the recipe, and can’t wait to hear if y’all give it a try!