Healing chicken soup – gluten free, grain free, clean, paleo friendly.
Hello there. Do you have big plans for the long weekend or are you one of many poor souls struck down with what seems like a flu plague?
If you’re stuck in bed, I feel for you.
We’re heading into colder weather now and everyone at work on both floors have been dropping like flies. The trains have been full of sneezing, snuffling commuters and we”re only in April.
I want to share a recipe with you that is great for colds and flu or when you’re feeling run down as was the case with me not so long ago.
As I work full time in the city, I clock up 12 hour days from door to door. In my spare time I’m running around, exploring the great outdoors or recipe creating/cooking/testing/photographing without barely a chance to relax. So, it was inevitable that I became run down and succumbed to a bug of some sort. It was taking longer than usual to get better so I knew something had to give.
As I’m simply unable to keep still I set myself a challenge to spend the entire day in my pyjamas, relaxing and not doing much more. Call it a forced one-day hiatus to re-energise and heal. The last time I spent the entire day in my pjs was over 3 years ago. It was blissful to say the least. This time I was hoping for awful weather to help “cement” my forced hiatus and enjoy a big bowl of nourishing soup.
The main stars of this dish are onion, garlic, ginger and turmeric. They will help strengthen your immune system, detoxify your body and reduce the severity of colds and flu. Turmeric, however is the superstar of all spices as you can see in my creamy spiced cauliflower soup recipe.
I’ve used fresh turmeric in this healing chicken soup recipe as we are looking to extract as much potency out of this soup as possible. If you don’t know much about turmeric have a read here:
Long used in Indian and Chinese medicine, turmeric is a powerful anti inflammatory used to treat a multitude of conditions including depression. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin which is responsible for its powerful abilities. Note that adding pepper to a meal containing turmeric will increase the absorption and potency of curcumin by up to 2000 %.
The World Health Organisation states that the cancer rates in India (where this spice is used extensively in cooking) is much lower than countries like the US and Australia. It’s also proven to be as effective as anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
As you can see, it’s important that you add pepper in this dish to increase turmeric’s potency even further. I’ve used 1/2 a teaspoon but feel free to use more if you can handle it.
Don’t be put off by the amount of coconut oil in this recipe. It plays a very important part in healing and if you read up on the benefits of coconut oil, it’s good for weight loss as it speeds up metabolism.
This healing chicken soup has a slightly spicy taste to it. I’ve added a bit of chilli to help clear the sinuses but if you can’t handle it, leave it out. If you want more zing, leave the seeds in.
I’ve used organic chicken legs (drumsticks) in this dish. Make sure you’re using legs and not breast as the fat will help flavour the soup. Simmer in the soup and when ready, take out each leg with a set of tongs, and place over a bowl. Grab a fork and shred the chicken meat from the bone, throwing out the bone and skin. You’ll know the chicken is ready as it will come off the bone easily.
Note: I only use organic or free range/pastured chicken in my recipes. Not only are they hormone and chemical free, but the chickens are treated properly. Please avoid using caged hens wherever possible. The more we refuse to support barbaric practices, the more likely they will stop.
Oh by the way, I met the challenge and stayed in my pjs all day long. I even spent a good chunk of it lying in bed watching netflix and squeezed in a nap too. I consumed plenty of this healing chicken soup and as a result of rest and healing ingredients in my system, I felt much better.
I hope you enjoy it.
Love Tash x
Why this is so good for you
Coconut oil speeds up metabolism, reduces the risk of heart disease, reduces the risk of diabetes, improves digestion, increases immune strength, is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic, prevents osteoporosis, prevents stroke and helps prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Onions strengthen the immune system, help regulate blood sugar, reduce inflammation, help prevent cancer and reduce the risk of gastric ulcers.|
Garlic has antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties, supports the circulatory, digestive and immune systems, helps lower blood pressure, assists in detoxification, prevents formation of blood clots, reduces blood pressure, helps with asthma, regulates blood sugar levels in diabetics and lower the risk of most types of cancer.
Ginger inhibits inflammation, helps relieve pain, relieves nausea, boosts immunity, reduces risk of heart attack, helps prevent and treat fatty liver disease and helps relieve gastrointestinal irritation.
Turmeric helps prevent cancer (especially in the digestive system), lowers the risk of heart disease, heart attacks and stroke, prevents and treats Alzheimer’s disease, relieves rheumatoid arthritis, helps treat depression, helps delay ageing, is anti-inflammatory, helps reduce the severity of colds and flu, reduces symptoms of indigestion (bloating and gas), assists in weight loss, controls diabetes, reduces bad cholesterol levels, increases immune strength, heals wounds, helps treat psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions, detoxifies the liver and is a natural pain killer,
Chillies fight sinus and congestion, aid digestion, help relieve migraines, muscle, joint and nerve pain, control blood pressure and aid in metabolism for weight loss.
Free range/organic chicken is hormone free, chemical free, antibiotic free, higher in Omega 3 than regular chicken, and richer in taste. Great for muscle growth and development, keeps bones strong, boosts the immune system, lowers the risk of developing arthritis, helps soothe PMS systems, helps to regulate testosterone levels in men, and reduces risk of heart attack.
Spinach improves skin health, eases constipation, flushes toxins from the colon, builds strong bones, improves eyesight, protects against breast cancer, reduces risk of ovarian cancer and protects your brain function from premature aging.
Peas help prevent stomach cancer, are anti-aging, help prevent arthritis, prevent heart disease, help prevent constipation and help keep your bones strong.
* If you don't have large garlic cloves, simply double the amount of small cloves.
* This soup is even tastier the next day.
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 large brown onion
- 6 large garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoons grated fresh turmeric
- 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
- 1/2 large long red chilli (leave seeds out if you want less heat)
- 1/2 - 1 teaspoon finely ground pepper
- 4 large chicken drumsticks (free range or organic)
- 2 litres organic/free range gluten free chicken stock
- 1/2 cup peas
- 1 packed cup baby spinach
- Coriander leaves
- Optional: Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
- Heat the coconut oil in a large saucepan on medium heat.
- Place the onion, garlic, turmeric, ginger and chilli in a food processor and blitz. Add to the pan and cook till onion is soft.
- Add the chicken stock, pepper and chicken drumsticks. Cover, bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes.
- Add the peas and continue to simmer for another 10 - 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and removes easily from the bone when shredded with a fork. Discard skin and bone and return chicken to the pan.
- Stir through the spinach.
- Ladle soup into a bowl and add the coriander leaves and lemon juice.