The Best Immune Boosting Chicken Soup Recipe

Published on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 | Category: Recipes


Whenever we get down with a cold or flu, the go-to Sri Lankan chicken recipe for most mums is a bowl of warm chicken soup. It’s amazing how a bowl can actually make you feel almost instantly better, thanks to the healing effects you get with every mouthful.

Ginger, garlic and turmeric (which chicken soup usually consists of) are powerfully antiviral and detoxifying herbs that aid in getting rid of toxins in the body, stimulating circulation, helping in digestion, reducing inflammation and boosting your immune system. Another herb that is common in chicken recipes is coriander which has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can help fight diseases. The icing on the cake is adding a little protein in the form of chicken which supplies the body with essential amino acids it needs in order to get well-nourished and heal faster.

So without further ado, let’s get right into the recipe!


Serves 4

  • 10 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons of finely grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of finely grated turmeric
  • 1 litre of chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 litre of water
  • 500 grams of chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • 2 bunches of coriander, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of soy sauce


In a large pot, combine garlic, ginger, turmeric, stock, water and the chicken chunks.

Allow it to simmer for about 10 minutes over low heat until the chicken is well cooked through and the flavours have infused into the stock.

To this, add the soy sauce.

Finally, add the coriander just before serving.

Enjoy it warm!


  • Vegetarians may opt to use the vegetable stock instead of the chicken stock and substitute the chicken chunks for tofu to boost protein.
  • You may even choose to beat in two eggs and pour it in a very thin stream over the simmering stock if you wish.
  • This recipe calls for fresh turmeric as it’s the best option known for its antiviral properties. However, if you prefer using the dry one, use about ¼ teaspoon.
  • If you prefer a bit of a spicy kick to the soup, add a little chilli as well as per your spice preference.
  • You may also add in vegetables such as spinach, kale or mushrooms.
  • This recipe takes only 10 minutes to prepare and this is why chicken breasts are used. If you prefer to use chicken thighs, the duration of cooking may vary.
  • You can also prepare this soup using a whole chicken and use the stock while removing the tender meat from the chicken for the recipe. However, this would take about 1 ½ hours to prepare.