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Chikungunya chicken soup

Not many mosquitos in this soup, but plenty of love and hearty ingredients to make your sick loved ones feel a little better. The doc sent me home with a pack of paracetamol and chicken  soup, it works, really it does.

Chikungunya chicken soup
Chikungunya chicken soup

Ingredients (serves 4 pax)

– 2 chicken fillets, cut into bite size chunks
– 1 leek, rinsed and finely sliced
– 1 celery stalk, rinsed and finely sliced
– 1 large carrot, peeled, halved and sliced
– 2 cubes chicken stock
– piece of mace (optional to add to the soup at the end, this give it an extra hearty flavour)
– teaspoon whole black peppercorns
– 1 bay leaf
– 200 gram cooked rice noodles
– 4 boiled eggs, sliced
– handful of fresh coriander
– fried onion bits
– green chilli, finely sliced (optional)
– loads of love (not optional)

Fighting mosquitos is bad enough, there is this saying about making a difference when you’re small or on your own, it’s something about being in a tent with a mosquito! 😉

So now that you or someone you know has been stung by a Chikungunya infected mosquito (or you just feel like a hearty chicken soup), all we can offer is some comfort. The doc told me to get paracetamol and make chicken soup.

This is an easy soup, just pop it on the stove and let the flavours draw. Soup is best eaten the next day, but when the need is high, this soup will do just fine on the same day. I know I couldn’t wait to eat something light and hearty.

Get your soup pan on the stove, filled with about 1 – 1.5 litres of water. Add the chicken, the veggies, bay leaf, peppercorns and the stock cubes all to the water and bring it to the boil.
Give it a stir every now and then so that the chicken doesn’t stick together.

When the soup is at boiling point, you can turn down the heat and let it simmer for about half an hour to an hour; the chicken should be soft but still intact. Add your mace if you have at the end to draw.

In the meantime you can boil your eggs and the rice noodles. Make sure the eggs are hard-boiled.

When your patient(s) are getting naggy, that’s when it’s time to serve the soup, not too hot!
Pour some soup in a bowl, add the noodles, sliced boiled egg, some sprigs of fresh coriander and some of those yummy crispy fried onions, and some chopped fresh green chilli if you’d like.

Do all this with lots and lots of love…. As love and chicken soup is one of the best medicines in the world for anything, including stupid Chikungunya!

Chikungunya chicken soup with love
Chikungunya chicken soup with love

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