Few things are as soothing and comforting as a bowl of homemade chicken soup. With garlic, ginger, and turmeric, this Nourishing Paleo Chicken Soup recipe can help you warm up and feel better when you are feeling under the weather!
This soup truly is magical, in so many ways. First of all, your entire family will love this simple paleo soup. My kids gobble up this healthy meal and ask for more, every time—even though it’s filled with vegetables. 😉
You don’t need to wait until you’re sick to make this one. There are just some days when I’m in the mood for chicken soup, and this is my go-to recipe every single time!
It’s fairly quick and easy too; you can have dinner ready within an hour (or even less if your chicken is already cooked).
Healthy Paleo Soup
This paleo chicken soup recipe has a lot of yummy, healthy ingredients. But let’s take a minute to talk about what this soup doesn’t have.
My paleo soup recipe is gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free! This means it has anti-inflammatory properties and can be enjoyed by almost anyone.
This paleo chicken soup also has an amazing combination of spices and vegetables. It’s a wonderful way to get nutrients into your family’s diet.
Whole30 Chicken Soup
Many paleo and Whole30 recipes happen to overlap, and this is one of them! If you are doing a Whole30 and craving a big, steamy bowl of comfort food, I highly recommend this recipe.
A Twist on a Classic Staple
I grew up with the canned chicken soup as our “sick food” and never really liked it. Those squishy noodles and tiny chunks of flavorless chicken are really kinda gross when you think about it. For years, I avoided chicken soup because of that.
Then my best friend introduced me to her family’s chicken soup recipe. She’s Filipino and includes some of her favorite spices and flavors in her soup, like soy sauce and extra extra garlic. She has no hesitation about putting two whole bulbs of garlic in her soup!
Now me? When I met Allie, I had never used real garlic, only garlic powder. Needless to say, Allie fixed that quickly and I now love garlic almost as much as her.
Anyways, when Allie made her chicken soup for me a couple years ago, I was amazed at how incredibly delicious it was. She gave me the recipe and I’ve made it many times since.
But when I had to cut out grains and soy from our diet a few months ago, I knew I had to rework that chicken soup recipe to fit. I wanted something that would incorporate my friend’s flavorful recipe, but stay true to the Paleo diet.
After two+ months of testing, this is the result – a chicken soup that is so good and so nourishing, we call it Nourishing Paleo Chicken Soup.
And just to prove how good it is, all four of my kids gobble up this soup and ask for more, even after eating it once or twice a week for several weeks while I’ve been perfecting the recipe!
Ingredients in This Paleo Chicken Soup
This soup is delicious thanks to the addition of simmered vegetables and spices coupled with chunks of flavorful chicken. Some of the ingredients in this paleo soup are:
- Chicken. I recommend purchasing organic chicken when you can. For this recipe, you can use white meat, dark meat, or even add a whole chicken!
- Organic Chicken Broth. Again, I highly recommend purchasing organic broth if you can – you may be surprised to see how many additives are in the non-organic versions!
- Vegetables. This paleo soup recipe calls for several different vegetables including onion, celery, carrots, and cauliflower. These veggies will keep your soup filled with fiber, minerals, and other nutrients.
- Herbs and spices. Remember what I said about Allie showing me how to make a soup flavorful? This is where all of that comes into play! This paleo chicken soup has a fantastic blend of spices and herbs that will make this the best soup you’ve ever tried.
The Importance of Garlic
Garlic is essential in this Nourishing Paleo Chicken Soup recipe, not only because it adds to the flavor profile, but because it has tons of nutrients. Garlic is packed with Vitamin C, B6, and manganese) and one study even claimed that regular garlic consumption has the potential to reduce symptoms when sick.
Not too bad for such a little herb. (Or is it a vegetable?)
Either way, when you combine all of that with chicken, vegetables, and a few choice herbs and spices, you have a powerhouse meal that is nourishing for your whole family.
This easy family-favorite Paleo chicken soup is packed with ingredients and nutrients that are both nourishing, warming, and delicious!
- 2–3 lb chicken thighs, breast, or a whole chicken
- 4 cups organic chicken broth
- 6 cups water
- 1/2 cup onion, chopped
- 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
- 3–4 cups carrots, chopped
- 2–3 cups celery, chopped
- 6–8 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 1 tsp fish sauce
- 1/2 Tbsp basil
- 1/2 Tbsp parsley
- 3 Tbsp coconut aminos
- 1.5 tsp sea salt, more or less to taste
- 1/4 tsp black pepper, more or less to taste
- Fill a large pot with water. Add the chicken and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes or until fully cooked through. Remove the chicken and set aside.
- While the chicken is cooking, you can cut up the vegetables.
- Add the broth and 6 cups of the water the chicken was cooked into a large stock pot. Add the onions, ginger, carrots, celery, garlic, and turmeric. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook, covered, for about 10 minutes.
- While the broth and vegetables are cooking, cut up the cauliflower and pulse several times in a food processor until it resembles grains of rice. If you don’t have a food processor, you can just cut it up into small pieces.
- Shred the chicken and add the chicken and diced cauliflower to the pot, along with the remaining ingredients: fish sauce, basil, parsley, coconut aminos, sea salt, and pepper.
- Bring the soup to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, covered, until the vegetables are tender. Adjust the salt and pepper to taste.
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