“Bone broth, vegetables, and chicken meat mixed together with noodles or dumplings is a match made in heaven. Bone-broth health benefits have been a bit of the rage lately because it’s believed that the vitamins and minerals extracted from the bones to make the flavorful stock have healing properties,” says The Georgia Club Executive Chef Ray Whitlock.
When you mix bone broth with chicken meat, noodles, and spices along with a loaf of crusty bread, it is a simple yet great meal. “I have come close to shedding a tear when my wife has made chicken soup for me,” says Whitlock. “It’s just so comforting and delicious. In these recipes, I use a batch of ‘classic’ chicken soup as a base…and transform that base into two additional styles of chicken soup.”
Studies have shown that after eating soup, people have increased satiety and reduced hunger, compared to when they eat solid foods. “Total calorie intake on soup-eating days was lower than days in which solid foods were eaten, and when soup is eaten at the start of a meal, subsequent intake and calories from a meal as a whole are reduced,” says registered dietician and nutritionist Jessica Levinson, founder of Nutritioulicious.
“Specifically regarding chicken soup, there is some research that shows an anti-inflammatory effect, which essentially helps reduce upper respiratory cold symptoms, however it wasn’t clear in that research what in particular was accounting for that effect. There’s other research that shows that hot fluids, and chicken soup more than plain hot water, help increase the movement of nasal mucus, thereby helping a cold virus move out of the body faster,” says Levinson.
Using that classic chicken-broth-veggie combination, we assembled a list of chicken soup recipes, each one championed by an expert chef or nutritionist. From perennial favorites to international dishes, these soups are perfect for fighting a cold or for tempering chilly days.
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