A Soulful Chicken Soup Recipe That’s Great For Your Immune System

Published on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | Category: Recipes


Few things can warm you up more than a hearty chicken soup can. Be it fighting off the cold or making you feel good, warm and wholesome chicken soup can do wonders. Rich in proteins and infused with healthy vegetables such as leek, carrots, and onion, chicken soup is literally a golden elixir that is chock full of nutrients to make it one of the ultimate Sri Lankan chicken recipes any home cook should have in their repertoire.

So what makes the chicken soup so special? Studies have suggested that chicken soup contains anti-inflammatory compounds that can help in easing upper respiratory tract infections. Moreover, the depth and richness of the flavour with its a deep infusion with the stock gives it such an amazing layer of flavours that will make you yearn for more. It’s the ultimate comfort food that you can never tire of!

As far as chicken recipes in Sri Lanka are concerned, garlic is often an ingredient that is used liberally so don’t be intimidated by the quantity of garlic this particular recipe calls for.


  • 1 kg chicken thighs
  • 3 liters filtered water
  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2 onions, quartered
  • 2 sticks of celery, roughly chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic, pounded
  • 2 tbsp finely sliced ginger
  • 2 tbsp grated turmeric
  • 2 spring onions, sliced finely
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • Salt to taste


In a large pot, add the chicken thighs, celery and onion and cover with cold water. Bring the water to a boil, and then reduce the heat. To this, add the ginger, garlic and tumeric. Cover it and allow it to simmer for about two hours on a gentle heat until the flavours infuse into one another and chicken becomes tender.

Add the spring onions and the soy sauce and adjust the seasoning by adding salt and pepper as needed. Strain the broth along with the pieces of chicken and vegetables and garnish with some extra spring onions or parsley. Have it together with steamed rice or from a bowl, just as it is.