Whether it’s a succulent pot roast, cheesy casserole, or warming, savory stew, we love Sunday supper. It’s a dinner party without the formality, where family and friends gather for easy conversation and good food – lots of it!
Comforting on a chilly day, chicken soup is a delicious, feel-good meal that needs little explanation. Slowly simmered pieces of chicken breast or thighs and vegetables in a clear broth are the most basic components of chicken soup, but you’ll also see ingredients such as pasta or rice. For the common cold, a bowl of steamy chicken soup is known as a remedy for a case of the sniffles. Many swear it works better than any over-the-counter medicine, but is this little more than an old wives’ tale?
In a well-cited study by the University of Nebraska, scientists found that chicken soup may have more than just a placebo effect. When you have a cold, infection-fighting white blood cells gather in the upper respiratory system, but a side effect can be a runny nose. Chicken soup slowed the response of white blood cells to this area, helping to relieve cold symptoms. What’s more, the salt in chicken soup contains electrolytes that help the body hydrate and recover.
While it’s probably best to visit the doctor first, next time you’re feeling a little under the weather, consider a bowl of chicken soup. We’ve chosen our best cure-all chicken soup recipes to soothe your body and soul, including Matzo Ball Soup, a staple of Jewish comfort food.
To take your soup to the next level, consider making your own chicken stock. To learn how, check out Cynthia Graubert’s article “Delicious Roasted Chicken for Easy Weeknight Meals” from our February 2014 issue.