Prescription Chicken

By Lizzy Gendell, Photography by Hannah Hudson

Feeling punk and missing Mom’s home cooking? While the holidays and “cold and flu” season may arrive simultaneously, DC’s newest delivery service, Prescription Chicken, sends out homemade chicken soup for those of us who don’t want to get out of bed.  

Co-founder Valerie Zweig got sick one too many times and was desperate for a soothing bowl of chicken soup. Zweig and her business partner, Taryn Pellicone, recognized that a delivery option for a the legendarily healing soup was a natural niche. 

The rich chicken broth with hints of dill and ginger is a heady, herbal remedy. Full-on “grandma style” gives soup eaters a choice of matzo balls or noodles. Or order a vegetarian (chickenless) version. There is also a nutritious bone broth and a spicy “hangover” soup.  

“When Life Happens” packages offer other solutions that include soup and beyond for the very sick, new moms and those with morning sickness. The “Super Sick” package comes with soup, throat lozenges, tissues and fresh squeezed OJ.  

Zweig and Pellicone are currently cooking out of the incubator kitchen DC’s Mess Hall and deliver Prescription Chicken via Uber Eats, Postmates and DoorDash. The soup is also available for From the Farmer subscribers and at Glen’s Garden Market. For more information or to order go to