My husband got
the flu this past weekend…it was awful.
When I say flu, I mean the actual influenza virus. We went to the emergency room and he was
given a prescription meant to treat the flu virus. Needless to say he didn’t feel like doing
much of anything for the rest of the weekend.
He didn’t even feel like eating!
But he said he was okay with chicken soup so I scoured my recipe books
for a good one (David isn’t fond of brothy soups and prefers stews so I was
actually looking for a chicken stew recipe).
The original recipe I found was Farmhouse Chicken and Corn Chowder…but I
modified it to suit our tastes.
Put garlic powder, thyme, tomatoe paste, flour and 2 cups chicken stock in a large skillet or pot and bring to a boil
Transfer to slow cooker and add the remaining broth, potatoes, carrots and bay leaves. Add the chicken and cover. Cook until chicken is tender (4-6 hours on low).
In a small bowl microwave the red pepper in small amount of oil until pepper has softend slightly. Add peppers and cream to slow cooker and stir well.
The recipe in my
book called for bacon pieces but David doesn’t like bacon so I skipped it. I think the bacon was included to bring
smokiness to the soup so I substituted pulled pork spice. I’m not sure how accessible this is to most
people but we found it at our local bulk food chain store. It’s a pretty strong spice so use it
sparingly! Chopped onions and a can of
creamed corn are also supposed to be in this soup but I’m honestly not a fan of
chopping onions. The creamed corn was
left out because David didn’t want it.
I usually don’t
like creamy soups or chowders but this soup was so delicious!! David started feeling better after eating but
he said it was really flavourful. I
thought that was a good thing but he said it was a bit overwhelming for his
stomach…keep that in mind if you make this soup for a sickie. Later that day I learned that red peppers are
a natural fever reducer which would explain why he felt better after
This recipe is a
great one for sickies because it’s hearty and contains good ingredients. Buuut it’s also good as an everyday meal :)