Immune Boosting Chicken Soup



When I was a little, my great Aunt used to make this amazing Polish chicken soup called Rosół to help fight a cold or flu.  It was amazing and you could instantly feel it’s healing effects with every mouthful.  If we wanted noodles with our soup, she would instantly beat up a few fresh eggs and slowly pour the mix in a thin stream into the simmering stock which made the best egg noodles. With a few tweaks to her original recipe, the ingredients in my chicken soup have been specifically selected to help fight cold + flu. Don’t be scared off by the amount of garlic in the recipe – after a few minutes the flavour will infuse into the stock and give it richness and density. It’s the key to it’s flavour and staying cold and flu free all winter. I can guarantee that one bowl of this soup and you will instantly feel the healing effects.  It only takes 10 minutes to make and it’s totally delicious. Sip it slowly, and enjoy.

What’s good about it:

Garlic, turmeric and ginger are potent detoxifying and antiviral herbs to help the body get rid of toxins, stimulate circulation, reduce inflammation, aid digestion and boost your immune system.  Coriander also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help fight disease. Adding a little protein such as chicken will supply your body with essential amino acids your body needs to heal and nourish. The perfect ingredients to help you get through the winter cold.

Serves 4
time it takes: 10 minutes

10 cloves garlic, smashed 
(approx 1 whole bulb)
2 tablespoon finely grated ginger
1 tablespoon fresh grated turmeric (see notes)
1 litre (35  1/4 fl oz)  chicken or vegetable stock
1 litre (35  1/4 fl oz)  water
500 g (17  1/2 oz) organic chicken breast, cut into chunks (see notes)
2 bunches coriander, chopped
¼ cup (60 ml / 2 oz) mirin or rice wine (optional but delicious)
3 tablespoons tamari soy sauce

Combine the garlic, turmeric, ginger, stock, water and chicken into a large pot.
Simmer for 5 – 10 minutes over a low heat until chicken is cooked through and flavours have infused into the stock.
Add mirin, tamari and coriander just before serving.
Serve in large bowls and sip slowly. Enjoy.

can use vegetable stock in place of chicken stock and use my lane kluski or organic silken tofu in place of the chicken to boost protein.
For lane kluski (polish for egg noodles) beat 2 eggs and pour in a thin stream over the simmering stock for the best egg noodles you’ll ever eat.
Fresh turmeric is available from your local grocer. if using dry then only use 1/4 teaspoon but fresh is best for it’s anti-viral properties.
Other vegetables can be added if you like such as shiitake mushroom, spinach, kale.
A little chilli or my XO Sauce can be added for a little heat.
This soup only takes 10 minutes to make, which is why chicken breasts are used.
Obviously you can make this soup using a whole chicken, using all of the stock and removing the tender meat from the chicken then stirring through the stock before serving. This will take approx 1  1/2 hours.

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95 Responses to “Immune Boosting Chicken Soup”
  1. Laura says:

    I am adding this to my soup list, this sounds brilliant. I’ll be making the vegetarian version.

  2. Ashley says:

    YOU ROCK T!!!

    These recipes are unreal, c u soon

  3. Margaret says:

    I love the idea of that much garlic, plus ginger, turmeric and coriander!
    I prefer simmering an entire chook in a big pot, then adding vegetables and spices. I would have thought your aunt used a whole chook, as opposed to breasts.

    • Jess says:

      Margaret – Teresa did mention that she had made a few tweaks to the original recipe. A hole chook would prob give more depth of flavour to the soup, but then there is no way it would be done in ten minutes either… I love that this is such a quick meal, and the garlic ginger and turmeric sound amazing!

  4. Penn says:

    I’m unable to eat onion, garlic etc. Would you recommend replacing the garlic with an alternate or will it be fine without it?

  5. VandaB says:

    This sounds wonderful. My son has the beginnings of a cold and is out in the wind today at a sports carnival. This is the perfect dinner for him tonight!

  6. Tracie says:

    I’ve just woken up this morning feeling unwell, so this will be my dinner – thank you, great timing! Any more recipes for assisting getting over a cold or boosting immune for winter once on the mend would be greatly appreciated !

  7. Suzanne says:

    Hi Teresa, I just wanted to say how much I love receiving your recipes. They are always so totally awesome especially as you give alterations/variations to suit someone like me who chooses a gluten and diary free diet (low in sugar too). I can’t wait to try this one out especially with all that yuumy garlic … I’ll be adding the chilli too. Thanks heaps :-)

  8. Eva says:

    Hi Teresa. Thank you for your flow of wonderful recipes for promoting health and fitness. I have been making chicken stock for a while but can not get a good thick geletine (which is supposed to be the immune building goodness bit ). I am using organic chicken bones, pounded and cut up and add vinegar to draw out the nutrients but never get geletine. Would you have the secret handed down to you from your great Aunt?

    • Emma says:

      Better late than never. ;)
      For my chicken stock I find using the carcass of a Sunday roast chicken is the way to go. I strip the useable meat off the bones, but leave the skin, scraps and even leftover stuffing stays in the chook for extra flavour and colour. Add celery, carrot, onion, salt, pepper, some rosemary and thyme, garlic and approx 1/4 cup of either Apple cider or regular white vinegar. Then cover with water. I do it in my slow cooker and cook on low overnight (approx 12 hours.) then obviously strain and store as you usually would. :) perfect every time and always ends up with a great jelly consistency when cooled.

  9. Lauren says:

    Yum Yum Yum! Just had a taste test and it’s delicious. My partner and I are currently fighting colds at the moment so I thought I’d try this one. Thanks for the yummy recipe! We love garlic! Could not source fresh tumeric but I was promised by my local spice man that he’d have more soon!! Cannot wait to try it again with fresh tumeric! Cheers!

  10. Selene says:

    I made this for Brett and I two nights ago and it was amazing!!! Perfect for the New Zealand cold : )

    • Awesome sel. Yes P + I have been eating this soup all week. It’s helped to build up my immune system and fight off the flu. Miss you guys! hope to see you very soon Txxx :)

  11. Liz Dowse says:

    OMG this is amazing! Thank you so much

  12. Dianne says:

    Hi! Teresa,
    There appears to be carrots etc. in the soup picture but not in recipe.
    If this is the case, which vegetables & quantities please.
    Thank you

    • No Carrots Dianne – it is grated turmeric ! :)

    • Rosi says:

      Very good! Wow – the fresh grated tumeric is something else!! I had read in the past about how incredibly good tumeric was for you, but never thought of it other than the powder. Its an incredibly pungent herb, and I started with a bit less than recommended – found it an unusual but agreeable taste. Will be looking out for other recipes I can add this to, hard for me to understand what other flavours to combine it with – i guess sweet curry based things such as your vegie curry, and anything else with ground tumeric…

  13. Lauren says:

    I cooked this last night, it’s yummy, healthy and easy!

  14. Carolyn says:

    Teresa, this was absolutely AWESOME. Easy to make, quick, so tasty and the house smelt delicious while it was cooking. I made this because the family has an awful cold, and it making everyone feel better. Thanks heaps – sharing this one with all my friends.

  15. Jessica says:

    I cannot wait to make this tonight! Any chance you can provide an alternative ingredient for Mirin or Rice Wine as I’m pregnant and want to steer clear of any alcohol. Thanks!

  16. Sarah MATTHEW says:

    Wow! Thanks for this delicious soup recipe, Teresa. I made this for lunch for my husband & myself, it was so tasty. :-)

  17. Angela says:

    Hi Teresa, l am enjoying making and eating the various recipes you send thank you so easy and yummy.. I want to make the soup for my daughter but is not keen on coriander. Can I replace coriander with something else as good.

  18. Sarah says:

    This may be a stupid question but do you cook the chicken at all before putting it in the soup? Planning on making this tonight, sounds great!

  19. Tania Mitchell says:

    Hi Teresa,
    I made this soup tonight. I have been very unwell all day with a cold a in my lucid moments I kept thinking I would make this soup. I did, and loved it (so did all of the fam Miss 3 and Miss 12 and hubby) and also loved that it was made and ready in such a short time. i am feeling better already. Thankyou!

  20. Sarah says:

    This recipe is exactly what I was looking for – I just bought fresh turmeric and fresh ginger from my organic delivery service and with a house full of sick people I need something to help fight off the germs.

    Going to make it in the pressure cooker with free range organic chicken legs.


  21. ali says:

    i love the amount of garlic in this… im trying it today!

  22. Tania Mitchell says:

    just made this again, for my poorly hubby, with white fish instead of the chicken. I am assuming that it is the other ingredients that make it immune boosting, the fish is just for the yum factor. This soup is fantastic even without a cold. Thanks again

  23. Hayley says:

    Absolutely delicious……you really can taste the goodness mmmm!

  24. Maria says:

    I am enjoying the soup as I am writing this and it’s gorgeous. I came down with a really nasty flu (high fever, incredibly soar throat, the works) and I really wanted a nice soup to keep my energy up. This tastes amazing, and I hope it makes me feel better. Didn’t dare to try the egg noodle bit, was a bit too hungry to take a chance that it might fail, but I will try it next time!

  25. Lauren says:

    This is incredible! Best soup I’ve ever tasted.
    I added organic soba noodles, carrot and corn kernels to bulk it up.
    Wow Thank-you for sharing this special recipe.
    BTW: I’m only learning to cook so I appreciated the simplicity.

  26. Diane James says:

    I just made this and it was SO AMAZING! I used 6 free range chicken drumsticks and everything else the same. The only thing I didn’t do was follow Teresa’s instruction to sip slowly. I think this is going to be a regular winter dinner at our place.

  27. Maria says:

    Made the soup when I had one of the nastiest flues I have ever had, OMG, I lived on this for 2 days and I could not believe how amazing I felt. I call it the happy soup….. Even without the flu I make this and my body just smiles and says thank you…

  28. Verotte says:

    Teresa you rock! I can’t find anyone who comes close to you when it comes to combining taste and health. Thanks so much for sharing with us. :-)

  29. Alex says:

    Awesome recipe, Teresa. The flavours certainly jump out of the bowl even before tasting the soup!

  30. Jodie says:

    Is fresh turmeric seasonal? None of the green grocers or supermarkets i’ve looked at seem to have any. :(

  31. Rebecca says:

    A friend sent this recipe to me when she heard I was sick. I have just made and devoured a half batch and I can FEEL it healing me! No fresh turmeric though but added the coriander root chopped, and some fresh lemon juice. Next time I will also cut up a birdseye chilli into it. Thank you!

  32. Liv says:

    This soup has healing powers!!! And tastes amazing.. perfect for the first day of a cold when the throat is sore.

    This will be used time after time, for all my family.


  33. Naomi says:

    hooray! I love a soup (and immunity boosting to boot!) that can be whipped up quickly. I’m looking forward to giving the vego option a go :)

  34. Adam says:

    I couldn’t find the tamari soy sauce… Is it okay to use a thick manis soy sauce instead, or something different? And if so, same quantity still? :)

  35. Azza says:

    I’m Polish and grew up with my Nan’s delish Polish Chicken Noodle Soup…and I still make it when I feel like I’m getting a cold, it’s very nourishing. Today I tried this version, and wow…it’s delicious! The ginger makes it so warming. Unfortunately my lane kluski did not work at all….they turned into this glooby mess at the top, luckily I was able to remove them easily. I cheated and added a small amount of pasta, and I varied the recipe by adding in carrot (which is in my Nan’s recipe). Yummo!

  36. Fran says:

    Delicious, not sure I did the noodles right but was really nice anyway. Added shredded baby spinach int the bowl before pouring in the soup. Awesome

  37. Dayna says:

    Do you crush the garlic or smash it leaving whole cloves in the soup – and if so then what – eat them or ignore them?

  38. Ellen says:

    This soup is the best!!!! My husband made it for me after the home birth of our third child. It was heaven in a bowl & so nourishing.

  39. Brad says:

    I just made this soup tonight it’s awesome!!!!! If u feel sick try this is so easy and quick!!!!

  40. Leanne says:

    This soup is to die for, I’m sure I felt much healthier while eating it :) Made it around a week ago and again today.

  41. Chloe says:

    This is awesome soup! Came down with a nasty head cold a couple of days ago, hoping this will help kill it quicker! Tastes amazing and it is the first time I have used fresh turmeric, I will definitely be using the fresh stuff in more things from now on. So thanks for such fantastic, healthy and easy recipes.

  42. Belinda says:

    My once-a-week soup. I love it and it loves me. thank you so much. :)

  43. Naomi says:

    Yum yum yum!! I’ve always found chicken soup a bit tasteless and bland. But this is far from that!!! First time I’ve used fresh tumeric too . Don’t think I’ll be going back to the dried stuff!! So tasty!! Thankyou :-)

  44. Ruth says:

    I LOVE THIS SOUP. I occasionally wake up feeling a bit sniffly and under the weather. I make this soup for dinner and then have leftovers for lunch the following day and not once is the last 2 years have I actually had a cold or flu.

    It is also delicious!

  45. Jo says:

    WOW! I felt the symptoms… itchy eyes, excess sneezing, tingling nose.
    I made this delicious soup and the very next day, I felt back to normal. Thank you. I have been circulating this recipe, it’s a winner!

  46. Paula says:

    What an absolutely awesome soup, made it last night with garlic bread and it was sensational. Keep up the great work, loving these recipes.

  47. JayForWeb says:

    Couldn’t add coriander leaves and rice wine, but the soup came out nicely. My wife is having a flu and hopefully this will give her some strength. Thanks a lot!

  48. Cara says:

    This soup tasted amazing! So nourishing!! Any tips for removing (or preventing) stains on hands and fingernails from the fresh tumeric?

  49. Gemma says:

    Hello, this soup sounds wonderful, but was just wondering what you would recommend for a vegetarian alternative?

  50. Lauren says:

    I can’t get fresh turmeric, can I use ground instead?

  51. Faye says:

    Hi Theresa,

    I am sure I came across a receipe of yours called, Detox Kale & English spin ache, I cooked it on Monday evening and have it in the oven cooking right now. I went to look the receipe up on my iPad and just cannot find it, was wanting to make sure I hadn’t left anything out. can you help me?

    Kind regards


    • Faye says:

      Hi Teresa, No need to reply to my request regarding tracking down your, Kale, Spinach & Feta dish, I have stumbled across the receipe and saved it.

      This recipe is really delicious.

      Kind Regards


  52. Kym says:

    Love it. I have made this once a week for the past three weeks.Thank-you!

  53. Tracey says:

    Made this last night – it is now my new favourite, so flavoursome! Thank you for the recipe.

  54. Skye Graham says:

    Hi there, this soup has become a regular favorite on my home but tonight we accidentally added the coriander in with the chicken – instead of toward the end…hoping this wont matter?

  55. Aimee says:

    Hi Theresa, I was wanting to make this soup for dinner tonight but don’t have any veg/chicken stock ATM. Would it still work just using double amounts of water instead of stock?

    • Yes…but use chicken thighs in place of breasts…..simmer thighs for 1 hour before adding the rest of the ingredients….you can also add a little tamari or miso at the end of cooking if needed T:) x

  56. Darcy Nikolajsen says:

    I made this soup tonight and thought it was really good. My husband thought there was too much ginger, but it tasted good and gave it an extra kick. I added mushrooms, spinach and a little bit of grated carrot (which sank to the bottom – so wouldn’t do that next time) I am planning to eat the leftovers for lunch in hopes to get over a cold that I am fighting. The only thing is… it took me a lot longer than 10 mins including the prep. so next time I will use a whole chicken since it won’t take me that much longer to make.

  57. Frances says:

    Hi, ty for this recipe. I have it on in my electric pressure cooker. I am using chicken frames, cos that’s what hubby got me when I asked chicken pces, lol. I was diagnosed with Shingles yesterday and hubby had a dreadful coughy cold/flu. And only 3 days post xmas. Can’t wait for it. Hope I remember to try the egg. I have farm fresh eggs here. TY again,

  58. KGB says:

    I am so excited i cannot cook and have made the Immune Boosting Chicken Soup 3 x times in less than 2 weeks when fambam was sick! How easy can u get grate,chop,chuck into pot and omg each mouthful just tastes and feels like…healthy, yummy goodness!! Will def try out some other recipes of TCs

  59. Lorraine Moyes says:

    Not only is this soup good for you (read above) but it’s absolutely delicious. I made it tonight, and it has to be one of the best soups I’ve ever made, and I’ve been cooking for 50 years. Just superb.

  60. Kristy says:

    Incredible, will definitely be eating this all winter!

  61. Sam says:

    Delicious and easy and super healthy! I used chicken thighs, and fresh turmeric for the first time. All of us enjoyed this chicken soup.

  62. Colleen says:

    Thank you for this recipe Teresa it was divine and a big hit with my teenage son’s. I did use fresh organic turmeric as I was away and able to buy it. I was wondering how much turmeric I would use if using the powdered form as I live in a remote area and buying it fresh isn’t possible. With thanks, Colleen

  63. Daniella says:

    HI Teresa,

    I look your recipes and use them regularly.

    Can you please recommend with this chicken soup if i make a big batch can i have it for lunch and dinner ? Is this a paleo recipe as well ?

    Thank you

  64. Christine says:

    I would like to make this soup using home made chicken stock. I’ve never made stock before and looked at your recipe for chicken stock which uses wings roasted in the oven first. I don’t imagine you’d get a great deal of chicken meat from the wings to later use in the soup. So can you make this soup by boiling up a whole fresh chicken with the vegies mentioned to make the stock then use the resulting stock and chicken meat to make this recipe?

    • Maree says:

      Christine, that is exactly what I did…make the stock with 2 fresh chickens then made the soup and had lots of stock left to freeze for another day.

  65. Sandra says:

    Love this variation and added heathy kick with the immune buster ingredients, thank you.

  66. Tracey says:

    This soup is delicious. I’ve made it a few times and it’s always great when you’re feeling a little low. delicious.

  67. Grace says:

    I’m going to make this today & wondered what you think it would be like it I blitzed it to blend at the end? I sometimes blend soups as my little ones enjoy them much more that way -do you think it would be suitable for this soup??

  68. Maree says:

    This is THE tastiest soup I have ever made. Thank you! Received very high praise from husband, son and daughter.

  69. Bri says:

    Hi Theresa,
    I missed the note about the ground turmeric and ended up putting in over a teaspoon of ground. Is this going to be ok?

  70. Emma says:

    This soup is amazing! I would never normally make soup without any onion and it was beautiful. I added dried shitaake mushrooms, rice wine vinegar and I used parsley as I didn’t have any coriander. It was amazing and made me feel so much better!

  71. Siobhan says:

    Second time I’ve made this and it is so good! Tonight I made it with bacon instead of chicken and it’s still great! It’s helping me recover from glandular fever. Thank you!

  72. Emily says:

    This soup is divine. Delicious, easy to make and has helped me through some serious colds. All of your recipes are amazing, but I just had to show you some love for this absolute cracker x

  73. Fiona says:

    This was absolutely FABULOUS, definitely helped kill of the dreaded winter lurgie. Will definitely make again, I was given a tip to add pepper as it helps your body absorb the medicinal values of the turmeric.

  74. Richard says:

    Love this immune boosting soup. The shiitake mushrooms make all the difference.

    Richie Di Di

  75. Elizabeth says:

    Dear Teresa, With all due respect to your Polish great aunt, what happened to the other immune-boosting chicken soup recipe that used to be on your site – the one with broccolini and shiitake mushrooms, spinach leaves and a squirt of lime juice at the end? I rely on it every winter to fend off a cold and am trying to make it from memory tonight.

    Please put this recipe back up on your site!



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