Sup Ayam – The Best Chicken and Vegetable Soup to Cure a Cold
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Sup ayam is one of the very best foods to serve when it’s cold outside or when someone is battling cold symptoms or the flu. 

The spicy taste of this delicious soup is great for warming you up, while the divine aroma of delicious cooked or grilled chicken is bound to put the spring back in your step when you feel all run down.

If you find yourself in need of a warming bowl of chicken soup or want to give this easy recipe a try, then it’s time to wash your hands and roll up your sleeves. We’re about to share the best cooking tips for this helpful recipe. 

What Is Sup Ayam Soup?

Sup krim ayam is a bowl of creamy chicken and vegetable soup

Sup ayam is a traditional Indonesian chicken soup that is prepared by simmering chicken meat in water along with other ingredients like spices and vegetables. There are many different variations of this tasty chicken soup, and different additions can be included to alter the soup according to your taste. 

Some like to serve the delicious soup with its clear chicken broth with some pasta or noodles, while others prefer to serve it with dumplings, rice, or barley.

The soup usually has a rich fragrance with a spicy undertone. It is beloved as a dinner or comfort food, and the delicious soup is traditionally served to family members who might have fallen ill with a common cold or flu during the winter.

Why Is This Chicken Soup Popular for Treating Colds?

This soup is a folk remedy for several conditions, like colds and influenza. Some dietitians have done some research on the matter and believe that this tasty soup can offer some health benefits or have some healing effects for the following reasons.

  • The watery soup is great for rehydrating your body and tends to be more effective than hot water alone.
  • The soup contains plenty of protein, which helps combat infections.
  • Plenty of vegetables are included in the soup. These vegetables contain lots of nutrients and antioxidants.
  • The soup is often served with noodles or pasta. This food is easily digestible and can give you lots of energy.
  • Spicy ingredients like pepper and garlic can help loosen mucus in the lungs and airways. 
  • The delicious soup increases your appetite and forces you to eat even when you might not feel hungry. 

How to Make Sup Ayam Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Chicken soup with rice and vegetables

Even though this divine soup is traditionally served for its healing powers, the taste should be enough to convince you to whip up a batch for dinner. Let’s take a look at how to make this delicious vegetable soup with its large chunks of chicken. 

Our recipe is easy to follow and should be enough for four servings.  


The soup does have quite a long list of ingredients. These ingredients are, however, important because they will give your soup a rich taste and offer plenty of nutrients. Here’s what you’ll need if you want to whip up this delicious soup.

  • 1 chicken (clean, de-boned, and cut into small pieces)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 4 garlic cloves (pounded or grated)
  • 1 pinch of fresh ginger (grated or pounded)
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin 
  • 1 teaspoon of ground fennel
  • 1 teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon of cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon of anise
  • 1 piece of cinnamon bark
  • 1 tablespoon ground white pepper
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 5 potatoes, cut into quarts
  • 2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 2 pieces of green chilies (cut lengthwise)
  • 1 tablespoon of cornflour mixed in a little bit of water
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Salt according to taste
  • Leafy greens (coriander, Chinese celery, or spring onions)


Once you’ve gathered all of the fresh ingredients, you can get to work and whip up the tastiest soup you will ever serve. Here’s how to make healthy chicken soup.

Step 1

Start by heating some oil in a pot. Fry the onions, garlic, and ginger for about one minute or until golden brown.

Step 2

Add in the other spices (except for the pepper). Continue to fry these for another 2 minutes, and then add 1 cup of water to the pot.

Step 3

Keep stirring, and add the potatoes. Keep boiling on medium heat until the potatoes are soft.

Step 4

Add another cup of water (depending on how much soup you want). You can now add the cornflour mixture. This mixture will thicken up the soup. 

Step 5

Next, you can add the vegetables (tomatoes, green chilies, carrots, white pepper). Keep stirring and add the leafy greens that you’ve selected.

Step 6

Finally, it’s time to add in the chicken pieces. Boil until the chicken is cooked.

Step 7 

When the chicken is cooked, remove the soup from the stove and start serving it in bowls. This delicious soup will look even tastier if you add a bit of chopped Chinese celery on top for more color. 

Step 8

Your delicious soup will now be ready and can be served along with other add-ons like pasta, noodles, or rice. 

Important Tips

The recipe for chicken soup can easily be adapted to suit what you might have in your home. There are many variations to this recipe, and cooks love to experiment with different types of ingredients. 

You can certainly substitute your normal onions for green onions or fried shallots and add some green beans to the mix, or substitute a whole chicken with some boneless chicken breast for a healthier alternative.

The important thing is to include lots of chicken and vegetables because the powerful aroma of chicken soup will strengthen anyone who might be feeling a little bit down. 

Final Thoughts

Sup ayam is a delicious soup to serve whenever you crave comfort foods. This soup is especially good when it’s cold outside because the rich aroma and spicy taste are great for warming up your body. It is also a definite must when you’re feeling tired or down, especially if you’re struggling with a nasty cold. 

We hope that you enjoy making this mouth-watering soup, and if you’re looking for other great recipes, then we welcome you to have a look at some of the other guides we have on Cook Room Kitchen. With our recipes and tips, your home will be a true taste sensation.

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