When you feel ill, like with the flu, a cold, an icky stomach bug, or if you get glutened, you want to eat something warm and soothing. Something healthy that will stay down and feel happy in your tummy. Something like homemade chicken soup. That is where I was at when I made this Oriental chicken soup. I was gutened by something the day before and still felt not well enough to eat regular food. So I whipped up a small batch of fresh soup with homemade chicken broth I had leftover from this past weekend. This soup took less than 30 minutes, some of that actively chopping and some just allowing it to cook. Just the ticket when you are under the weather and have no pre-made soup to reheat: whip this up and you are set for several delicious meals.
I suppose you can make this soup with canned broth; be sure it is gluten free if you have celiac disease like I do. Homemade is going to make it more flavorful but sometimes you just don’t have time to make fresh broth. And if you don’t like sesame oil leave it out. The pea pods, onion, ginger, garlic, parsley and celery leaves are very healthy additions and they each add great flavor. Ginger is particularly good if your tummy feels poorly. I often keep a bit of it frozen in a freezer ziplock baggie so it is there for a quick grate into a dish. I like the pad thai noodles; made of rice so they are easier on the tummy than egg noodles.
Don’t freak out if you only have one carrot or don’t want as much of any ingredient; make it your way. I sometimes fail to measure as I make soup so some of these ingredients are a bit fluid. As a young adult I would ask my mom to give me her recipes and got very frustrated by her un-measuring way of cooking. These days I estimate or eyeball some ingredients. Use your good judgment and what you have on hand in your pantry/fridge.
If you don’t want meat in it; leave it out. If I am really ill I do that; easier to digest without that protein. You could buy a rotisserie chicken but if you are gf; check the labeling; not many stores make gf rotisserie chicken. I used leftover roasted chicken breast from a family supper. Roasted chicken has a lot of flavor compared to steamed or poached.
Angie’s I Be Sick Chicken Soup
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and diced
2 carrots, washed but unpeeled, sliced into rounds
2 celery stalks diced including the leaves; separate them from stalks
1 garlic clove, peel and mince
About 2-3 tsp coarsely grated fresh or frozen ginger
1 quart of chicken broth
1 tsp. sesame oil
A handful of pad thai rice noodles
½ cup pea pods
½ to 1 tsp. sea salt
1 to 1½ cups diced chicken breast
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan; I used a two quart one. Add the diced onion and carrots. Cook the soup, stirring frequently; about 2-3 minutes. Add the celery stalks and the minced garlic clove, cook approximately 3 more minutes. Add the broth which you have heated. Stir and add the fresh ginger and sesame oil.
Heat 1.5 cups of water in a microwave safe container and add the rice noodles. I like to break them up somewhat or they are a mess to slurp down. Up to you! Let them stand ten minutes while the soup cooks.
Cook the broth and veggies 8 minutes, add the celery leaves and pea pods which you coarsely chopped. Cook 3 more minutes. Add sea salt to taste and the chicken breast. Stir and heat a minute or two. Taste and adjust the salt. Add fresh ground black pepper to taste.
Pour in bowls. I topped mine with some pea pod micro greens I grew in a pot at my kitchen windowsill. Perfect meal when you want to sooth an iffy tummy.