The Simple Lunchbox: Weeknight Immune-Boosting Chicken Soup

With the weather getting a little dreary and cold, a good chicken soup recipe is an absolute must. And this is our favourite by far! We love that you can whip this soup up in a flash to help soothe the sudden sniffles and sore throats. Loaded with anti-bacterial and anti-viral ingredients, this is food as medicine at its very best. Sprinkle the chopped spring onion over just before serving for some added texture, and to make the most of the vitamin C within.

This broth-style soup also works well with the addition of dumplings or noodles, or swapping the chicken for some tofu or tempeh for a vegan option (the chicken style stock we use is also vegan).

Serves: 4 (leftovers for Mum, of course) Prep: 10 mins

Cook time: 30-60 mins


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Sharp knife Large Saucepan Strainer Large Jug or Bowl


2L chicken style stock (we love Australia’s Own brand, no affiliation) 2-3 inches fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smacked with the side of a knife 1 small brown onion, roughly chopped 1 tbsp black peppercorns 3 star anise pods 3 shiitake mushrooms, sliced 2 cups chopped cooked chicken 1 bunch pak choy, roughly chopped 2 handfuls baby spinach Tamari (or salt reduced soy sauce) Sesame oil

To serve: 1 cup mixed herbs (e.g. coriander, mint, basil, Thai basil, Vietnamese mint) 2 spring onion, thinly sliced 2 limes, halved Chili


  1. In a large saucepan, pour in the chicken style stock, ginger, garlic, onion, peppercorns, star anise and mushrooms. Allow to simmer gently for at least 30 minutes. The longer you leave it, the better the flavour (we usually aim for about 60 minutes).

  2. 10 minutes before serving, strain the soup and return the broth to the heat. Stir in the chicken and heat through for 5 minutes. Add in the pak choy and baby spinach.

  3. Once the greens have wilted slightly, stir through tamari and sesame oil to taste.

  4. Remove from the heat and distribute between 4 bowls. Top with the mixed herbs, spring onion, lime and chili, and some extra tamari and sesame oil if you wish.

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