The Best Creamy Chicken Soup with Wheat Berry (Whole Wheat)

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Last Updated on August 20, 2021 by Chef Mireille

This protein packed Chicken Soup has extra doses of both protein (from the mushrooms) and fiber (from the wheat berries) to make a filling meal. Not only is it the most delicious best chicken soup ever, but it is also filled with natural ingredients that will help boost your immune system and battle any colds or infections.

Just about every culture in the world has some kind of food, usually soup, that is meant to be the cure all for any kind of common illness like colds, sinus infections and the like.

In many cultures, it is some variation of Chicken Soup, which is also known as the Jewish mother’s penicillin.

Chicken Soup in bowls with vegetables and wheat berries

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So why is Chicken Soup so good for us?

Why is Chicken Soup the best soup for a cold?

  • Hydration. When you have a cold, it is important to stay hydrated. The broth is warm and comforting and it provides the necessary hydration. The steam from a bowl of hot soup will also help with blocked nasal passages.
  • Vitamins. Beta-carotene, Vitamin A, Vitamin C & Vitamin K are all great to boost your immune system. All of these nutrients are provided by basic vegetables included in most chicken soups like garlic, onions, carrot and celery.
  • Spices. Although I kept this one simple as not everyone enjoys a lot of spices, , even the salt included in some of the ingredients like the condensed soup helps because many people suffer from a loss of appetite when they have a cold. If you are not eating, you are also not getting the nutrients needed to battle the cold. Anything that aids in the flavor will make you eat more of it. 
    • Also any type of hot pepper, like the crushed red pepper used in this chicken soup, will help open up your sinuses and aid in congestion. Some extra hot sauce, if you have the palate for it, will also be good.
    • Other spices that help boost your immune system are turmeric and ginger. Adding these spices to this soup would also help you get better faster, to make this indeed a chicken soup for a cold 🙂
  • Carnosine. Chicken has a good quantity of carnosine, a compound that helps reduce congestion. Studies suggest that it reduces inflammation in the respiratory system.
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These are just some of the reasons why chicken soup is healing. Even before you get a cold, having a bowl of chicken soup during the winter season will help boost your immune system, so maybe you don’t get a cold this winter!

Chicken Soup in bowls with vegetables

Make Ahead Meal

There are several reasons why this is the best chicken soup recipe.

One of those reasons is that this recipe is so versatile and is adaptable for those who meal prep, as most of the recipe can be prepped ahead of time, and then this Healthy Chicken Soup will be done in less than 30 minutes.

So what part of this recipe can be prepped ahead of time?

  • While you can make it with fresh chicken and just simmer it an extra 15 minutes, you can also make this by using previously cooked chicken, such as leftover roast chicken, rotisserie chicken or even just boil 2 chicken breasts the day before. Even canned chicken can be used.
  • Boil the wheat berries.
  • Chop the vegetables and store in refrigerator bags or containers until ready to use.

Then just follow the recipe!

This soup is a great FREEZER MEAL as it can be made ahead and frozen to be eaten later.

Variations

  • Can be made with raw or cooked chicken. If using cooked chicken, it is fast and easy and will take 15 less minutes to cook.
  • Any grain such as barley or wild rice can replace the whole wheat berries.
  • Any flavor of condensed soup you prefer can be used.
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So now I’ve told you all the reasons why you should make this chicken soup at least once a week during the colder months, let’s go over what you will need.

The Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 5 oz. thinly sliced mushrooms
  • garlic
  • chicken broth
  • carrots
  • fresh or dried herbs (oregano and/or thyme)
  • crushed red pepper
  • chicken
  • canned cream condensed soup
  • wheat berries

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How to make Creamy Chicken Soup

  • Boil wheat berries and cook until tender.
  • Saute onions, garlic, celery and mushrooms.
  • Add broth, carrots and fresh herbs.
  • Add cooked chicken and wheat berries.
  • Add condensed soup and bring to a boil.
  • Add parsley and stir to combine.
  • Simmer until well combined and desired consistency.

Hearty and filling soup!

Pot of Creamy Chicken Soup with soup in ladle

…perfect comfort food for winter…

Creamy Chicken Soup with Whole Wheat Berries

Note: originally published February, 2016

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Creamy Chicken Soup with Wheat Berry

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Continental
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 293kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 5 oz. thinly sliced mushrooms
  • 3 finely chopped garlic cloves
  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 2 teaspoons fresh herbs thyme and oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 cups diced chicken cooked or raw
  • 10 1/2 oz. can cream condensed soup I used cream of broccoli
  • 3 cups cooked wheat berries 1 1/2 cups uncooked
  • 3 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

Instructions

  • Cook wheat berries in a pot of boiling water until tender, about 30 minutes.
  • In a large pot, heat oil.
  • Add celery, onion, mushrooms and garlic. Saute until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add chicken broth, bouillon cube, carrots, thyme and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Add chicken and condensed soup. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add wheat berries and cook until heated through, 2 minutes.
  • Add parsley and stir to combine.
  • Serve warm.

Notes

  • Can be made with raw or previously cooked chicken.
  • If using pre cooked chicken, cooking time will be reduced by 15 minutes.
  • Cooked wheat berries can be replaced with wild rice or barley.
  • Dried herbs can be used instead of the fresh herbs.
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Nutrition

Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 1038mg | Potassium: 422mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2944IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 3mg
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