Immunity Boosting Broth

It's the most delicious way to show that winter cold who's boss
50 Ratings
75% would make again
Photo: Wayne Wong

We all know that winter cold feeling—the one that Spice Spice Baby author Kanchan Koya likens to "when you feel like you’ve been run over by a truck from a viral or bacterial infection." In her cookbook, Koya, a Harvard-trained molecular biologist, uses science to prove the health benefit of 15 spices. The star anise, turmeric, ginger, lemongrass, black pepper and bay leaf in this bone broth pack a giant antiviral punch, ready to nurse you back to top health in no time at all.

Immunity Boosting Broth

Recipe adapted from Spice Spice Baby by Kanchan Koya

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours and 15 minutes


1 pound bone-in chicken such as drumsticks, thighs, or wings

2 leeks, white and light green parts, roughly chopped

2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped

1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped

2 cloves garlic, halved

1 lemongrass bulb, crushed to expose the soft interior

½-inch piece ginger, peeled and chopped

1-inch piece fresh turmeric root, peeled and chopped

4 to 6 black peppercorns

2 star anise pods

1 bay leaf

2 liters water

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (to help extract nutrients from the bones)


Fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)


1. Place all the ingredients (except the fresh cilantro) in a large pot and bring to a boil. Skim off any foam that may arise. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook the broth with the lid on for 3 to 6 hours.

2. Strain the broth and serve hot with a garnish of freshly chopped cilantro. Store it in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze for longer use.

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