For me chicken soup is a real winter warmer that reminds me of being a child. It was always a sign that the cold weather had arrived. Here’s a great little recipe that’s tasty and really easy to make using the leftover bits on a chicken after you’ve had a sunday roast. If you don’t like picking the bits of meat left on a chicken then you can always use 4 chicken legs or thighs that you’ve pre cooked for 30 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.
Leftover chicken or 4 chicken legs or 4 thighs
1 small turnip
1 large onion
1 tsp mixed herbs
1 handful spinach
2 pints of chicken stock
3-4 cloves garlic
1 tbsp coconut oil
Gluten free stock cube
Parsley to garnish
Salt & Pepper to taste
- First thing you need to decide is whether you’re going to use the chicken carcass or not. If you are, pick off all of the remaining meat and put it in a bowl.
- You then need to decide if you are going to make a bone broth. I would recommend it as you get glutamine leaching out of the bones. It’s an amino acid that helps fuel the gut and thus helps it to repair itself. If you’d like to do this see my earlier post on ‘how to make a bone broth’.
- If you don’t make a bone broth then make stock using 2 pints of boiling water and a gluten free stock cube
- Finely chop up the onion and fry it off with the coconut oil until the onions go clear
- Add the chopped garlic
- Chop the carrots and the turnip and add them to the onion with the teaspoon of mixed herbs
- Add the stock and the chicken, bring to the boil
- Simmer for 20 minutes, throw in the spinach
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Use a hand blender to blend everything up and sprinkle a bit of chopped chicken and parsley on it
Chicken soup when I was a child was always accompanied by chunky bread but times have now changed. Since my husband and I are gluten free we have gluten free bread occasionally or more often oatcakes. I also occasionally sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top to give it a bit of extra crunch. You can eat this as part of any healthy diet or weight loss programme, to book yours now click here.