Vovó's (Grandma's) Cold Remedy: Canja de Galinha

How was your Labor Day weekend? Mine was amazing! I went camping for the first time ever – well, besides my 5th grade camping trip to Ft. Flagler ages ago. The familia and I went to Lake Chelan, in Eastern Washington. We spent the holiday weekend boating, barbecuing and making s'mores. And, when it was time to get back to real life, Chelan sent me home with a parting gift: strep throat!

For the past couple of days, I have been in bed, barely able to open my mouth. I finally woke up yesterday feeling a little better with just a little tingle of a sore throat and a persistent cough. So, I mustered up enough energy in me and pull out one of Vovó's old trick to kicking colds to the curb: canja de galinha.

Move over chicken noodle soup, canja de galinha is all one’s soul needs to be soothed and set on the road of recovery. The light, flavorful tomato paste and chicken broth is filled with chicken, rice, potato and carrots. Like the admired American version, canja de galinha is believed by many Brazilians to be a healing soup.  And, besides being flavor-packed, it’s simple and easy to make. This makes it perfect for your kitchen illiterate partner to prepare this for you when you are in bed sick.
What are your favorite cold/sickness remedies? Do you have a favorite chicken soup recipe for when you’re under the weather?

Canja de Galinha

2 tbsp olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 chicken breast, cubed
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/3 cup jasmine rice
3 cups water
4 cups chicken stock
1 medium carrot, cubed
1 red potato, cubed
1/4 tsp ground cumin

In a large sauce pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Bring heat up to medium high and add chicken breast and sear for 4-5 minutes.  Add parsley and tomato paste and cook until tomato paste is well incorporated. Add rice and saute for about 2 minutes. Add water and cook for 10 minutes. Add chicken stock carrot and potato. Season soup with salt, pepper and cumin. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until veggies are cooked through and soup has reached desired thickness, about


Sanura at MyLifeRunsOnFood.com said...

This looks like a great soup to cook now and freeze later for the winter... when so many people get sick!

The Duo Dishes said...

Oh man, sorry you were sick. But at least everything before that was unbelievable fun. Hope the soup brings you back to life. Love to sip chicken broth when sick. Plain 'ol broth steeped with herbs like rosemary and thyme. :)

Madelyn said...

my recipes for when I am "under the weather" are these:

Veggie Noodle Soup

And my Potatoes Mashed with Olive Oil...

Magic of Spice said...

Wow how far behind can I get :( So sorry you were sick but looks like you had a great time. The soup is lovely :)