Chicken Couscous Soup

This soup is nicknamed “The Flu Bomb” because of the illness-fighting properties of the herbs, roots, and other ingredients. (At the very least, it is warm, soothing, and easy to eat when you’re under the weather.)

  • 1 to 1 1/2 lbs boneless chicken
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups Israeli pearl couscous
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup shredded or sliced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp dried ginger*
  • 1 tsp dried turmeric*
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary*
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme*
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano*
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 3-5 drops lemongrass oil (optional)*

Add all ingredients except couscous to slow cooker. Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours. Turn off heat, remove chicken to plate and stir in couscous; shred chicken and return to pot. Serve when couscous is tender (30 minutes or so). Season with more salt and pepper if needed. Perfect with a big hunk of warm crusty bread!

*(I use dried herbs for convenience, but you can certainly use fresh for an extra health boost; just double the amount.)

  • Rosemary is an oral disinfectant and alleviates headaches and fevers.
  • Thyme contains vitamin C, which helps boost immunity.
  • Oregano eases sinus pain.
  • Lemongrass has a mild astringent to ease sore throats and other pain.
  • Turmeric has significant anti-inflammatory qualities.
  • Ginger is a pain reliever.
  • Garlic is antibacterial, and its aromatic properties opens sinus passages.
  • Onions inhibit the growth of bacteria.
  • Celery contains vitamin C, relieves migraines, helps to calm stress, and reduces blood pressure.
  • Chicken stock has the ability to soothe the throat and calm the nerves.
  • Black pepper aids absorption of other ingredients.
  • Couscous is rich in selenium and helps lower the risk of cancer.
  • Carrots have been linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health.