This Cozy Chicken Soup Is Getting Me Through Winter

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With so much focus on COVID-19, I can’t remember the last time I interacted with anyone grappling with a cold. Yet within the last week, it seems that colds are suddenly back in vogue. When the folks in my life get a cold, I’m an evangelist for the healing powers of chicken soup. For my go-to, I smash star anise, whole cinnamon sticks, ginger, and green onions before sautéing them in chilli paste and adding chicken parts, a little fish sauce, and lots of soy to make a warming, comforting, and absolutely delicious soup.

As much as I love it, however, even I sometimes need an alternative, especially when it seems like everyone—children, neighbors, and colleagues alike—are sniffling and sneezing, and I have to make my old chestnut again and again. Thankfully, our archives are full of options; there are over twenty in this gallery alone. Of all of variations, I was most drawn to Andy Baraghani’s Feel-Better Chicken Rice Soup, which has a lot in common with my signature soup yet distinguishes itself with some key differences: It uses jasmine rice instead of rice noodles; lime instead of chili paste for that touch of acidity; and sweet potatoes, which are loaded with vitamins.

Between wrapping gifts and baking cookies, bingeing on Succession and crying while watching It’s A Wonderful Life—do try our Feel-Better Chicken Rice Soup. It is a dish that all but the vegetarians in your life will find comforting, cold or no cold.

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Feel-Better Chicken and Rice Soup

If you want this take on classic chicken soup to have a similar consistency to congee, add 10–15 minutes to the cooking time.

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