Try This Gingery Chicken Meatball Soup Next Time You’re Under the Weather

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Chicken is a great source of selenium, a mineral linked with improved mood, while the ginger broth gives each spoonful some zing. Ginger is also a longtime favorite for upset stomachs and may even help the respiratory system, so this soup makes a great substitute for chicken noodle if you’re feeling sick (and the whopping ⅓ cup in the broth is delivering some serious antioxidants). Browning the meatballs before adding them to the soup adds a depth of flavor; feel free to add a bit more oil if the pan is too dry for the vegetables.

Gingery Chicken Meatball Soup

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 40 minutes



  • 5 cups water
  • ⅓ cup sliced peeled ginger
  • 1 lb. ground chicken breast
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ⅓ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 tsp. canola or grapeseed oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish


  1. Step 1

    Bring 5 cups water to a boil over high heat. Place sliced ginger into the container of a blender; pour boiling over top. Let stand 20 minutes. Blend until ginger is pulverized.

  2. Step 2

    In a large bowl, combine ground chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, cheese, garlic, cumin, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper, mixing with your hands. By the heaping tablespoonful, form chicken mixture into balls.

  3. Step 3

    In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add meatballs, in batches, cooking until browned on all sides, about 2 minutes per side. Remove browned meatballs to a paper towel–lined plate; do not wipe out pan.

  4. Step 4

    Add onion, carrot, and ¼ teaspoon salt to drippings in pan; cook for 5 minutes or until vegetables being to soften.

  5. Step 5

    Add ginger broth and bring to a simmer.

  6. Step 6

    Drop in browned meatballs and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 10 minutes.

  7. Step 7

    Stir in lemon zest, and serve garnished with cilantro.