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Healing Chicken & Rice Soup with Curry (GREAT if you have a Cold or Sinusitis)

Updated on June 12, 2015

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Allergies, Colds, and Sinusitis...

I treat all three naturally by keeping my sinuses clean (via a Neti pot), drinking lots of fluids (especially hot teas) and trying to keep my immune system strong with certain foods. When the changes of season begin, so do my allergies. Every morning, I drink a glass of water with a spoon of organic apple cider vinegar to stay healthy, and eat nutritious meals composed of fruits, vegetables, and grains like quinoa.

I have been lovingly called a kitchen witch and a witch doctor by both family and friends because I like to use foods and herbs instead of commercial drugs. In fact, I rarely take medication and I believe that is the reason for my good health.

What if the allergies, sinusitis or even a cold gets particularly bad (but not infectious to the point of requiring antibiotics)? I make good old-fashioned chicken soup from scratch with vitamin packed vegetables and add a few healing ingredients, such as:

Curry: natural antibiotic
Ginger: anti-inflammatory that helps prevent congestion in the sinuses
Garlic: natural anti-bacterial


1 large chicken leg quarter (remove the skin, but leave a bit of the fat to flavor the broth)

1 large onion-chopped

3 cloves garlic- chopped

1 t ginger root- chopped

3-4 carrots- sliced

3 zucchini- sliced

1-2 c cooked spinach or collard greens

1 c cooked rice

1 T curry paste (any flavor is fine- I used Panang, but Red, Yellow or Green is fine. Add as much or as little as your palate dictates. I use a big, heaping tablespoon)

1 chicken bullion cube

salt and pepper- to taste, if needed

1. Place the chicken in a big pot and cover with water. Add bullion cube and boil for 15 minutes.

2. Add carrots and continue boiling until the meat is coming off the bone.

3. Remove chicken and set aside to cool a bit. Continue simmering the broth and add onion, garlic, ginger and curry.

4. Remove all the meat from the bones and toss a couple of clean bones in the broth (if you can break the bones to let the marrow into the broth, even better).

5. Add zucchini and cook until tender.

6. Add cooked, chopped chicken, cooked greens and cooked rice. Stir everything, remove from heat and let the soup sit in the covered pot for about 20-30 minutes before serving.

NOTE: You can add any vegetables that you like- my recipe is only a suggestion. The important healing ingredients are the curry, garlic, ginger and the actual chicken broth made from scratch.

I promise you that you will feel better after eating a big steaming bowl of this soup! I know I always do! When I get an allergy or sinus attack, I eat spicy foods (like this soup), drink hot tea and use my Neti Pot faithfully! Here is a link for more information on Neti Pots, which saved me from so much suffering: As always, thank you for reading!

C. De Melo
Author & Artist


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      C De Melo 6 years ago from Florence, Italy and WORLDWIDE

      @ deestew: I was surprised to learn that scientific tests are being done on curry right now because it is like a natural antibiotic. Curry comes in mild, medium and hot, so you can find one that is right for you.

      @Peggy W: In 2010, my pain was so bad that I ended up in the ER for 7 hours...they even did a CAT-scan to rule out a tumor! When it was discovered that the pain was from sinus, my mother immediately shipped me a Neti Pot (you cannot find them in Italy). That little pot SAVED me. Literally.

      Thank you both for your comments! Let me know if you make the soup and like it :)

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Since reading about the Neti Pot, it is WONDERFUL when it comes to dealing with sinus infections! Works just as fast as antibiotics ever did. Everything else you mentioned is also good...the curry, garlic, apple cider vinegar, hot tea and soup. Nice thing is that no one needs a prescription and it is all natural. Good sounding soup recipe. Thanks!

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      deestew 6 years ago from Kentucky

      Soup sounds good. I've never had curry before. I have heard good things about it though.