Israeli Chicken SoupIsrael is a thriving Jewish state that was a safe haven for the European
Jewish population during World War II they love jewish penicillin
chicken soup.

In 1937, European Jewish immigration due to Nazi power in Germany, increased the Jewish population in Tel Aviv to 130,000. After the war, the numbers dropped to about 30,000 by 1945. Population of the Jewish community in Tel Aviv today is estimated near 2.6 million.

This unique Jewish Penicillin recipe from Tel Aviv packs parsnip, Italian parsley and fresh thyme. The addition of Matzo balls allows the chicken soup to be served as a hearty dinner. Jewish Penicillin is safe for protecting women from cold in pregnancy.


3 1/3 lbs chicken parts – bones, thighs, gizzards, feet and skin
2 large carrots washed and hand broken into pieces
1 peeled onion, large and quartered
2 stalks celery, quartered
1 med unpeeled parsnip, quartered
8 sprigs fresh Italian parsley
4 sprigs fresh thyme
1 tb salt
2 tsp peppercorns, black
Matzo balls (recipe included below)

  1. Add all ingredients, aside from Matzo balls, to a large stock pot and cover with water.
  2. Turn heat to medium and steep – never boiling.
  3. When the water is just about to boil, quickly move heat to low and cover. Simmer soup on low heat for 4 hours – a crock pot could be used for this step.
  4. Turn off heat and remove chicken and vegetables and toss in garbage.Add salt to taste and strain if desired.


2 eggs
½ tsp salt
1 1/3 tsp ginger, grated
3 tb parsley, chopped fine
1/3 tsp black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
¾ cup Matzo meal
3 tb softened butter

  1.  Melt 1 tb butter in skillet over medium heat.
  2. Beat eggs for scrambling.
  3. Scramble eggs adding salt, ginger, pepper, garlic and parsley along the way.
  4. Mix Matzo meal and remaining butter into egg mixture.
  5. Add about ¼ the water to create firm dough.
  6. Form into balls the size of walnuts.
  7. Simmer in chicken soup or broth for 10 minutes.

Variations: Chicken can be boned and added back into this Jewish Penicillin recipe for a heartier dish. Some versions include peas, carrots and vermicelli. These additions to the Jewish Penicillin recipe should be cooked in a separate pot before adding to soup to retain texture. Matzo balls can be cooked in soup broth before serving.

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