Chicken soup has a somewhat mythical status among soups. Its reputation for having special healing properties is well known.
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In the 12th century, a Jewish philosopher and physician named Maimonides recommended chicken soup as a health remedy in his book On the Causes of Symptoms.
Centuries later, in the 1970s, three doctors at Mount Sinai Medical Center confirmed Maimonides’ recommendation. They conducted a study that concluded that chicken soup does, in fact, have actual scientific benefits. Cook’s Country’s Editor in Chief Toni Tipton-Martin gives a more detailed story in the video below.
There are countless versions of chicken soups from around the world that are considered health-giving. Avgolemono in Greece, miyeokguk in Korea, groundnut stew in Western African countries. For a comforting, deeply flavored chicken noodle soup that you can make when you’re feeling under the weather, try our Old-Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup.