Makes You Better Chicken Soup Recipe

My husband has a cold (he says it’s allergies. I know better.) Anyway, I’m going to make him homemade chicken noodle soup tonight, the kind you make when someone you love has a cold.

A writer friend of mine gave me this recipe many years ago, and I make it every winter. Yes, it’s just fall but oh man are the colds and flu hitting already! So I thought I’d post this because it’s a great chicken soup recipe and it really does make you feel better. I think it’s all the garlic and ginger :giggle:



1 avg fresh chicken or 6 thighs and 2 breasts–with skin, without a lot of fat (honestly, I just buy one of those rotisserie chickens at the grocery store that’s already cooked…because I’m lazy like that and it works just great in this recipe).

6 Garlic cloves, peeled and halved (Or you can use the jars of minced/crushed garlic from the grocery store, which is what I use because, again, I’m lazy. And if you do just spoon up 3 or 4 heaping spoonfuls)

1 1/2-inch piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped. (Or you can use the jars of ginger from the grocery store, which is what I use, because again, I’m lazy. And if you do it this way 3 or 4 heaping spoonfuls will do it)

Celery, chopped. However many stalks you want to use. Personal preference

Carrots, chopped. However many you want to use. Personal preference

Salt to taste (I don’t use salt because I make this with almost all chicken broth instead of water and the chicken broth has plenty of salt in it).


Chicken Broth – I use 2 of those cartons of chicken broth, and the rest water

Rigatoni Noodles. 1 lb package.


If you use fresh uncooked chicken then cook your chicken first using any method you prefer. Boiling/crockpot/whatever

Pour chicken broth and water into a big pot (I just guestimate soup quantity volume). Add garlic, ginger, celery and carrots. Bring to boil and throw in 1/2 to 3/4 pkg of rigatoni noodles (depending on how much noodle you like in your soup), cook according to package directions. While noodles are cooking, cut up and shred already cooked chicken from rotisserie chicken. and toss in pot. Season with a little pepper and whatever seasonings blow your skirt up. Heat until warm and serve.

It’s a very easy recipe and so yummy and good for what ails you.

Everyone please wash your hands eleventy million times a day and try to stay healthy this cold and flu season. :heart: