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Everyday Cheapskate: Chicken Soup for the Sick?

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Have you ever wondered if chicken soup really does have medicinal effects against colds and the flu? Me, too. Recently, I decided to find out.

Here's what I learned: There is some scientific evidence to suggest that homemade chicken soup contains several ingredients that affect the body's immune system. Dr. Stephen Rennard of University of Nebraska Medical Center says that chicken soup has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe sore throats and ease the misery of colds and flu. And that's good enough for me.

But here's the problem as I see it: Typically, it takes a long time to turn out a pot of homemade chicken soup. And when you're sick or someone you love is ailing, the chances are slim that you'll find three or more hours to make soup.

Here's how to make rich, hearty and flavorful chicken soup in about 50 minutes -- start to finish.


Servings: 6-8


2 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided

1 whole chicken, about 3 1/2 pounds

1 medium onion, roughly chopped

2 quarts boiling water


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