Flu season isn't just restricted to humans and can unfortunately affect our little furry canine friends. I researched whether a bowl of chicken soup would have the same health benefits in helping fight my dog's sneezes and cough. Low and behold I couldn't believe my eyes and ears. In short yes, chicken broth or soup really is the elixir of all evils for man and his best friend.
Trying to convince my dog to eat a bowl of chicken soup took no convincing - he adores chicken and for that matter all food and food groups - this could possibly be testament to the larger than average size he is for a King Charles Cavalier.
Knowing only too well the pitfalls of introducing any onion, garlic or spices of any nature to his meal, I commenced the soup from scratch only using fresh organic vegetables such as carrot, celery and potato and organic chicken thighs on the bone. The bones bring an added element of marrow to the soup, making it nutrient rich.
I simply added water and a very small pinch of salt and let the soup simmer on a very slow cook for 2.5 hours. The vegetables naturally flavoured the soup, with the celery leaves adding just enough burst of saltiness.
Success ensued - I had one very contented and healthy dog.
The bonus is that this soup is completely natural, organic, paleo nutrient and healthy for human consumption as well. The soup will mature in taste the longer it is allowed to sit in the fridge giving a more intense flavour for days to come.
Chicken Soup (for Dogs).
Preparation Time: 5 Minutes
Cooking Time: 2.5 Hours
Makes: 1 Large Pot (2-3 Litres)
Ingredients 2 potatoes
1.5 sticks of celery (with stalks and leaves)
3 pieces chicken thigh fillets on the bone (approximately 650gm)
All ingredients are organic.
Wash vegetables and cut into halves.
Potatoes, Carrot and Celery add bulk to the chicken soup.
Trim any excess fat off the chicken thighs.
Trim any excess fat off the chicken.
Place chicken and vegetables into a large pot, add a pinch of salt and cover with water.
The soup basics are chicken, carrot, potato, celery and water.
Bring soup to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for approximately 2.5 hours.
While the soup is slow cooking, occasionally skim any fat residue that rises to the top, with a spoon.
After 2.5 hours switch off heat and allow the soup to cool.
Slow cook the chicken and vegetables for approximately 2.5 hours.
Scoop vegetables out of the soup and dice into small pieces.
Remove chicken pieces from the soup and chop or shred into small pieces being careful to remove any bones and gristle.
Return chopped vegetables and chicken to the soup.
Chicken Soup is the elixir for pets and humans during flu season.
Once the soup has completely cooled down, it can be stored in the refrigerator for a week. Warm slightly prior to serving.
Notes Fill an ice cube tray with the chicken soup and freeze. The cubes can be used as individual treats that will occupy your pet for hours.
One little King Charles Cavalier who simply loves this Chicken Soup.