Dr. Sinatra’s Spicy Chicken Soup

By Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N., C.N.S., C.B.T.

Feeling chilled or under the weather? This immune-boosting spicy chicken soup is just what the doctor ordered to help you eliminate sinus and lung congestion. It tastes great, too!

You’ll need:

vervana rosemary, garlic and jalapeno garlic olive oils
Crushed flavored olive oils – rosemary, garlic and jalapeno garlic flavors

*Choose organic items whenever possible*

  • 1 whole chicken or chicken parts (with bones)
  • 1 medium to large onion, chopped
  • 3-6 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 to 6 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced (or use garlic flavored olive oil)
  • Optional: 1 to 3 teaspoons of ginger root, peeled and minced
  • Optional: fresh chopped herbs – rosemary, basil, oregano
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp of Olive oil or flavored olive oil + 2 to 4 Tbsp for drizzling
  • Fresh vegetables, chopped – any combination of bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, broccoli, green beans or kale
  • Optional: minced jalapeño or habanero peppers (alternately, use jalapeño-garlic flavored olive oil to add spicy hot flavor)
  • 2 to 4 cups of fresh spinach
  • 2 to 4 tsp Olive Oil Dipping Spice Blend
  • Natural salt and peppers, to taste
  • Optional: fresh parsley or cilantro, chopped

In a soup or large sauce pan, sauté chopped onion and a few tablespoons of olive oil on low-ish heat until translucent. For added flavor, try using basil or garlic olive oil! Add chopped carrots, celery and garlic, until partially cooked.

Add a small organic chicken or chicken parts, and at least enough filtered water to cover the chicken. Bring this mixture to a boil, then simmer on low-ish heat for at least 45 minutes; if you have time, you can let it simmer for a few hours to create a really nourishing bone broth. Take the chicken out and let it cool, then remove the bones and skin, and return the meat back to the soup.

Add any beans or fresh vegetables like sliced green peppers or zucchini, as well as any hot peppers and/or ginger (if using) and continue simmering for 20 minutes or so. Add salt, pepper and Olive Oil Dipping Blend, to taste. Top with chopped fresh herbs, like parsley or cilantro and a drizzle of Jalapeño-Garlic flavored olive oil for a touch more heat!

Try experimenting with modest amounts of seasonings and spicy or pungent ingredients, then add more to taste. The hotter the soup is with volatile ingredients, the better it is as a cold-and flu-buster.

If you’re short on time or not feeling up to making chicken soup from scratch, try this Simple Chicken Soup Recipe – it’s made with boneless organic chicken and store-bought broth. Another way to make chicken soup is with leftover chicken, as I do in the video below – check it out!:

© Stephen Sinatra, M.D. All rights reserved.


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  1. kenneth Macek

    on October 15, 2016 at 11:52 am

    6 chicken leg quarter”s put in crock pot and fill with water. cook on high few hours remove the leg quarter’s let cool. Then when cool take meat of bones, and put bones in pot and put on low setting for 20 hours . Oh must put 2 TBS of vinegar in with the bones to get all the minerals out of the bones. After 20 hours then add back meat and vegetable you want to use in the soup and when vegetable’s are done time to eat. I always keep made two gallons of chicken in freezer to add to other recipes, and also good when making gravy with. I hear if you drink 3 cups broth a day you shouldn’t get sick. Best to stay healthy is by making fermented vegetables like cabbage and this be your probiotic for your gut. This is were to start first, then vitamins along with good healthy fats and foods.

  2. kenneth Macek

    on October 15, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    There’s two people I listen to and that’s DR. Sinatra and DR. mercola. Two of the best doctors looking out for your health and well being.

  3. Beverly Ann Stevens

    on December 15, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    I love homemade chicken soup. Years ago a dear 80 yr old lady made a lg pot of Jewish Kosher Chicken Soup with basic vegetables plus 1 whole large unpeeled sweet potato. Soup cooked slowly with low heat. Yummy! Appreciate all the above recipes! Yes, it is a blessing to read Dr Mercola & Dr Sinatra confirm each other’s medical & nutritional facts & warnings!

  4. Margie Petrone

    on November 19, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Great recipe. Thank you. Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Thanksgiving celebration.

  5. Linda Law

    on December 20, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Happy Holidays to you Dr. Sinatra! Thank you for your wonderful hints, recipes, and loving warmth I feel from your written and video broadcasts. Your explanations on why and how supplements and food work are easy to understand and follow.
    To You & Yours, My Gratitude & Best Wishes!

  6. Suzanne Richardson

    on November 9, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    I just received an announcement that Kale is a horrible “green” food and can cause your body harm. Would you care to comment? BTW, I will be trying your recipe. TY

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