CHICKEN SOUP – Quick and easy – basic or creamy

The chicken soup recipe that checks all the boxes – it’s not just easy and quick, but it’s also incredibly delicious, requiring just a handful of essential ingredients. What’s more, it’s wonderfully versatile, allowing you to craft it as a classic, comforting chicken soup or elevate it into a creamy delight. With this amazingly simple recipe in your culinary arsenal, you’ll not only have a perfect toddler-friendly meal but also a family favorite that everyone will savor. Don’t miss out on this delightful culinary experience; it’s time to give it a try and discover the magic of this heartwarming meal!

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Furthermore, doctors recommend chicken soup not only as a remedy but also as a prevention of the common cold in the winter, so a good reason to whip up this chicken soup daily.

Why do doctors recommend chicken soup?

Especially in the winter season, it is always good to warm up. Chicken soup is not only good as a cold remedy but also a great way to prevent the common cold in the winter. In particular, there is scientific evidence behind the cold-fighting properties of chicken soup. In short, it has an anti-Inflammatory effect. Furthermore, it increases the movement of nasal mucus and aids in clearing the airways.

However, let’s keep in mind, that the healthiness of chicken meat today can vary based on farming practices and the use of antibiotics and other additives. So, always try to opt for organic, free-range, or antibiotic-free options. Additionally, proper food safety practices at home are essential to ensure that chicken is safe to consume.

Can chicken soup be healthy?

Yes, chicken soup can be a healthy and nutritious meal choice when prepared thoughtfully. Here is what you need to consider when you prepare the recipe:

Ingredients for the chicken soup

Pay attention to the ingredients you add to your soup. Use whole, fresh ingredients and try to opt for organic, free-range, or antibiotic-free poultry. And please, do not use store-bought broth.

Sodium Content

Make this homemade soup with minimal added salt. And please, do not use store-bought broth.

Portion Control

While this soup can be nutritious, it’s essential to consume it in moderation to avoid excessive calorie intake.

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Why is This chicken soup great for toddlers?

Chicken soup is particularly beneficial for toddlers for several reasons:

Nutrient-Rich

This meal typically contains a variety of nutritious ingredients such as chicken, vegetables, and broth. These ingredients provide essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, and protein, which are crucial for a toddler’s growth and development.

Versatile and Customizable

You can customize this recipe to suit your dietary preferences and needs. Whether you prefer a clear broth or a creamy version, you have the flexibility to adapt the recipe to your liking.

What’s more, you can customize it to suit your toddler’s preferences and dietary needs. You can add a variety of vegetables, herbs, and spices to enhance the flavor and nutritional profile.

Hydration

The broth helps keep toddlers hydrated, especially when they might not be drinking enough fluids. It’s especially helpful when a toddler is sick and may have a decreased appetite for solid foods.

Immune Support

Chicken soup can help support the immune system. The combination of chicken and vegetables provides nutrients like zinc and antioxidants that contribute to a strong immune response.

Easily Digestible

Chicken soup is usually gentle on the stomach and easy to digest, making it a suitable option for toddlers with sensitive tummies.

Warmth and Comfort

The warm temperature of the soup can be soothing and comforting, especially during cold weather or when a toddler is feeling unwell. It can provide a sense of relief and coziness.

Flavorful

Many toddlers enjoy the mild and familiar taste of chicken soup, making it more likely that they will eat it without fuss.

Easy to Make

This recipe is relatively easy to prepare. It’s a convenient and nutritious meal option for busy parents.

Additionally, this toddler meal is low prep, and stays good in the fridge for 2 days, if you or your little one or you don’t eat it right away.

However, it’s essential to ensure that the soup is served at an appropriate temperature to prevent burns, and you should be cautious about the sodium content, so please do not use store-bought broth. Homemade chicken soup allows you to have better control over the ingredients and seasoning.

creamy chicken soup great toddler meal

EASY CHICKEN SOUP - CREAMY OR BASIC

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

THIS CHICKEN SOUP IS NOT ONLY DELICIOUS AND HEALTHY, BUT ALSO HIGHLY VERSATILE. YOU CAN MAKE IT CREAMY OR BASIC - ALWAYS A GREAT AND EASY TODDLER MEAL FOR YOUR LITTLE ONE.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 chicken deboned legs (boiled in salty water for 35-40 minutes, well covered in water, so you can have enough broth), I use about 6.5 cups = 1.5 l water
  • 1 big potato or 2 small potatoes
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4-5 cups of water (to boil the chicken)
  • 2 tbsp Vermicelli Pasta (soup pasta, 2 min cook time)
  • 1 yolk (make sure that there are no traces of egg white)
  • 1 tbsp yogurt
  • salt
  • cut parsley or cilantro to decorate

Instructions

  1. Cut the onion small.
  2. Boil the tbsp olive oil, chicken wings or the chicken legs and the cut onion for 35-40 min in the salty water (4-6 cups) until ready and easy to debone.
  3. Peel and cut the potatoes and the carrot in small cubes while the chicken is boiling.
  4. Take out the chicken out of the broth and debone it.
  5. Put the deboned chicken, potatoes, and carrots in the chicken back into the broth and boil for another 15 minutes until potatoes are ready.
  6. Put additional salt and water, if needed to cover the ingredients.
  7. When the potatoes are ready, add 2 tbsp of wheat vermicelli or soup pasta (2 min cook time). Make sure that there is enough broth/water left.
  8. That's it, if you want to prepare only a basic, clear chicken soup. For the creamy version, please follow the last steps!
  9. Blend the egg yolk and the yogurt until smooth and add some hot broth to the mixture.
  10. Add the blended yolk, yogurt and broth to the ready soup and cook for another minutes while stirring.
  11. Add some cut fresh parsley or cilantro.
  12. Enjoy!

For more toddler meal ideas you can try out also these delicious easy recipes.

Happy cooking!

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