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Comforting Chicken Broth

Quick Chicken Broth

Quick to prepare, this comforting chicken broth recipe is a great example of a nourishing, wholesome meal which can be ready in a matter of minutes.

A good chicken broth is now known to be anti-viral while its gentle effect on the immune system and airways brings instant comfort.

Daylesford uses watercress here for a high dose of vitamins K and D and have chosen garlic, leeks and chilli for their antiseptic properties too.

If you'd like to make this recipe gluten free, simply swap the pearl barley for nutritious quinoa or millet.

chicken broth soup

Ingredients - serves 2

  • 1 large organic leek, finely sliced
  • 2 cloves of organic garlic, finely sliced
  • 1 ½ inch piece of organic ginger, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 organic red chilli, de-seeded and finely sliced
  • 1 litre of organic chicken bone broth
  • 100g cooked organic pearl barley, quinoa or millet
  • 100g cooked organic chicken, shredded
  • handful of organic parsley leaves, roughly chopped
  • juice of ½ an organic lemon
  • 1 tbsp 0rganic tamari soy sauce
  • 2 handfuls organic watercress


  1. Heat a little oil in a large saucepan and sweat the finely shredded leek for 3-4 minutes until wilted but still bright green. Add the garlic, ginger and chilli and cook for another minute before pouring in the chicken bone broth.
  2. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 5 minutes before adding the pearl barley, shredded chicken and parsley. Bring back to the boil and simmer for a further minute to ensure the chicken and barley have heated through.
  3. Add the lemon juice, tamari and watercress leaves, stir and taste to check the seasoning, adding a little more lemon or tamari to taste if needed.
  4. Serve immediately, ladled into deep bowls.