If you are looking for a simple immunity-boosting chicken soup for kids, you are in the right place.
Growing up there was one home remedy for colds and flu that was used every time one of us kids caught a cold. It was Chicken Soup.
We include this chicken soup in our meal plans in the winters as a preventative measure to ward off colds and flu too. This is a recipe by my grandma and today I want to share it with you.
BENEFITS OF CHICKEN SOUP FOR BABIES, TODDLERS AND KIDS
This soup contains whole pepper which acts as a natural antibiotic and ginger that has anti-inflammatory properties. Having a steaming hot peppery soup like this one helps clear nasal congestion and relieve some of the cold symptoms.
ADDITIONS AND MODIFICATIONS TO THE CHICKEN SOUP RECIPE
For babies you can modify the recipe to include less whole peppers and spices and no salt.
Sometimes, I also add carrots and potatoes to the soup to make it more nutrient-dense and filling.
The boiled chicken pieces can either be eaten along with the soup or used to make a homemade chicken patty later on.
I have the best chicken patty recipe for kids in my toddler snacks recipe eBook, The Easy Toddler Book. Check it out here.
Related reading: Natural Remedies To Treat Colds In Babies And Toddlers
IMMUNITY BOOSTING CHICKEN SOUP FOR KIDS
Chicken Soup For Kids
- Pressure cooker
- 1 kg chicken drumsticks
- 1 onion
- 1 inch ginger
- 4-5 cloves garlic
- 5-6 cloves
- 6-7 whole peppercorns
- 1/2 tsps turmeric powder
- 1 tsps ground pepper
- 4 cups water
- salt to taste
- vegetable oil as required
- Heat oil in the pressure cooker pot.
- Saute garlic in hot oil followed by the onions until they are golden brown.
- Add the chicken to the pot and seal it from all sides.
- Now add the ginger, whole spices and powdered spices and mix in well.
- Add 4 cups water, salt and pressure cook for 2-3 whistles. If you are not using a pressure cooker let the soup boil on a slow simmer for at least 30-40 minutes.
You can either separate the chicken pieces from the soup and have clear chicken soup, or you can shred the chicken into tiny bite-size pieces and mix into the soup for a fuller meal.
Do try this warm and nourishing chicken soup this winter and let me know how your kids liked it.
Here is a vegetarian version of the soup.
If you are looking for more ideas of immune-boosting foods for kids you will find some ideas here.
Related reading : Pumpkin soup for babies and toddlers.
Comment below some of your favorite immune-boosting recipes for toddlers and older kids. What types of foods do you make to protect against colds and flu?