New York Penicillin

Prep Time
Cook Time
4h 20m
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"It was a Catskill, NY comedian who dubbed New York chicken soup as "Jewish Penicillin". There are many versions of chicken soup and many cultures who make part of these versions in New York City, but the one here is a recipe given by Guardian Angels, Curtis Silwa's 89-year old Aunt Marie Stacey who made this soup to revive ailing Angels on the New York City subways. Mrs. Stacey maintains that after cooking, the chicken meat should be shredded and vegetables mashed into the soup to release their curative powers. But if the vegetables and meat are strained out, this recipe makes a wonderful base for various chicken soup variations. The broth can be frozen in small containers for future soups or in ice cube trays to use in sauces. Source: New York Cookbook"

Original recipe yields 6-10 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (442.1 g)
  • Calories 367.4
  • Total Fat - 7.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 861.8 mg
  • Sodium - 852.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.3 g
  • Sugars - 3.3 g
  • Protein - 64.1 g
  • Calcium - 59.3 mg
  • Iron - 9.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 17.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Pour the cold water into a large pot. Add the chicken, garlic, onion, carrots, celery, parsley, bay leaf, salt, and peppercorns and slowly bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 4 hours, skimming frequently. (The soup can be strained at this point to use in the recipes that follow, both in this chapter and throughout the book. Mrs. Stacey proceeds with the next two steps.)

Step 2

Strain the soup. Discard the onion, parsley, bay leaf, and peppercorns but reserve the other vegetables. Remove the chicken, skin and debone it, and reserve the meat. Return the chicken stock, chicken meat, carrots, celery, and garlic to the pot and bring back to a simmer; season with additional salt or pepper, to taste.

Step 3

Serve the soup in big bowls over pastina, rice, or spaghettini. The soup's curative powers are released only when the vegetables are mashed together in the bowl. Use a fork for mashing. Use a big spoon for eating. You'll feel better soon.

Step 4

Makes 3 quarts (12 cups) broth.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



This is a delicious belly warming soup we really enjoyed, perfect for a cold day. I made this as instructed except for adding a bit of frozen vegetables. Thx for sharing this here.

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(27 Oct 2016)