Anti-Inflammatory Spiced Chicken Broth
September 10, 2015
When a health craze makes it way backstage to fashion week, you know it's worth taking seriously (or gone too far ;)). Touted as a magic elixir that can fix all ailments, bone broth is precisely this craze du jour. There is honestly not a lot of scientific evidence for many of it's health claims (like collagen aiding healthy joints or healing of the intestinal lining) although a plethora of anecdotal evidence across many cultures spanning generations is suggestive of many positive health effects. There is some scientific evidence for the immunity-regulating and anti-inflammatory effects of chicken soup, particularly due to the amino acid cysteine which can thin out lung mucus and reduce upper respiratory distress. Bone broth is also rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium and phosphorus as well as protein. Here, it joins forces with anti-viral and anti-bacterial star anise, turmeric, ginger, lemongrass, black pepper and bay leaf to create a delicious, heart and soul-warming broth that's a powerful match for any pesky virus.
- Yields: 6-8 Servings
In a large pot for which you have a lid, place all the ingredients (except the fresh cilantro) and bring to a boil. Skim off any foam that may arise. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook the broth covered for 3-6 hours.
Strain the broth and drink as is with an optional but delicious garnish of freshly chopped cilantro. You can add the broth to your favourite soup recipe, make it a meal by adding in some cooked soba noodles and veggies or use it in any preparation that calls for stock like rice and quinoa, which are immensely flavourful cooked in broth. Store it in the fridge for 3 days or freeze it for later use.