Chicken and Vegetable Anti-Inflammatory Soup
After an amazing trip to the UK I've hit the ground running and fallen straight into the arms of my trusted soup pot. Today I'm back into the kitchen and whipping up one of my favourite soups. There’s something about chicken soup that feels like coming home. Chicken soup has a way of bringing comfort and warmth to even the coolest of autumn nights. I’m convinced that chicken soup has the power to heal anything - from the worst colds and flus to the winter blues and even jet lag.
Not only is soup extremely nourishing, it's also the perfect way to sneak in a few extra veggies, increase your fibre and water intake! Soups are an extremely popular choice for cooler nights but they’re equally as delicious, and sometimes even better, the next day for lunch. This Chicken and Vegetable Anti-Inflammatory Soup is super satisfying and is extra special because it's home-made. Seriously. There’s nothing better. It can cure anything; it’s your new autumn staple. Please give it a try.
One supercharged feature of this soup, which deserves a lot more credit than I am giving it, is my favourite ingredient garlic. There’s a lot more to garlic than being a great flavour booster and toast companion. Garlic is a strong detoxifier which reduces inflammation and boosts the immune system. The compound within garlic known as Allicin is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, fighting off infections as the seasons change! It fights off colds, flus and first kisses (you’re welcome, parents)! I love garlic so much. In fact, I’d say it’s an essential ingredient in a Supercharged Kitchen.
Zucchini may be low in calories but it's extremely high in nutrients. This antioxidant-rich veg is rich in Vitamin C, lowering inflammation and oxidative stress. It's also high in the mineral potassium, which improves heart health and may naturally lower blood pressure. I've added it to the soup to up the green quota.
Chicken soup is truly nourishing for your insides, particularly your digestive system. It's what I like to call Soul Food. Even Oscar likes it! He has impeccable table manners by the way.
Another green veg featured in this supercharged soup is broccoli. Broccoli is high in antioxidants and is actually a natural liver detoxifier! Even if you're not much of a drinker, your liver health can become compromised by the chemicals you ingest and medicines you take. Consuming broccoli is a great way to help your body naturally detoxify and get your liver working at it's prime! Broccoli is also high in fibre, soothing the gut lining and preventing bacterial overgrowth.
Another year-long essential that features in this soup is my Golden Gut Blend. It provides a dose of gut-loving golden spice that is rich in minerals, great for anti-bloating and creating an alkaline environment within the body. It’s also high in absorbable iron, boosting energy and brain function, so you can kick those cold weather blues for good! Golden Gut Blend is also a metabolism booster and can soothe the gut after eating too.
You can make this soup in batches and keep it in the freezer for those nights when you can't think of anything worse than yawning while standing over the stove-top waiting for the water to start bubbling... been there, done that, bought the wooly jumper. This soup will stay good for about three months in the freezer and a week in the fridge. If you’re looking for a meat-free soup, swap out the chicken stock for vegetable stock – it really is that simple. Vegetarians I've got your back!
Supercharge your health tonight with my scrumptious Chicken and Vegetable Anti-inflammatory Soup.
Chicken and Vegetable Anti-Inflammatory Soup
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 4 large garlic cloves sliced
- 2 large carrots cubed
- 4 zucchini cubed
- 1 head broccoli chopped small
- 500 mls chicken stock
- 1 lemon squeezed
- 3 tbs wheat free tamari
- 1 TBS golden gut blend
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Warm 1 tbs oil in heavy based saucepan on medium heat
- Pan fry garlic slices then remove and set aside
- Add 1 tbs oil and all veg and cook on medium until softened and browned
- Add remaining ingredients and bring to the boil stirring then turn down heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes
- Remove from heat and let cool slightly so that you can blend all ingredients in a processor or blender
- Season to taste
500 kms chicken stock?!
Hi Jennifer, you got to it before I did! I meant to say mL… thanks for checking and sorry for the inconvenience x Lee
Lee, this sounds beautiful, and I’ll be giving it a go for dinner tonight for the family. My husband is allergic to broccoli, so I think I’ll swap it out for kale. All of your recipes feature in my house, and everyone loves them. Thanks!
Hope you guys enjoy it x
Thank you Lee, for all that you are, and offer.
I have used so many of your recipes, fabulous.
I just saw you on the “Fasting Summit” with Sam Asser yesterday, lovely.
That summit has been amazing.
OMG! How beautiful is Oscar, little darling.
I look forward to doing this recipe very soon.
He is a real cutie! Enjoy 🙂 lee x
This is a chicken soup that has no chicken? Just stock? Correct?
Do you make your own chicken stock?
Sometimes I do yes. Here’s a lovely recipe I like to make https://supercharged.wpengine.com/blog/summer/gut-healing-turmeric-chicken-broth-supercharge-your-gut-print-book-is-here/
Perfect thank you x
ml? What is that in cups?
I would use about 2 and 1/2 cups
I have organic chicken broth powder can I use this to male up the chicken stock? And while I am waiting for the golden gut blend to arrive what could I do instead….it sounds so good I want to make it today!
Sorry it’s supposed to say make up the chicken stock
Yes that’s fine. And you could add 1/2 tsp turmeric, black pepper and a pinch of cinnamon and some ginger. Lee
Could you use the slow cooker for sure this?
Yes you can 🙂
Why chicken stock Lee
I thought supercharged was vegetarian
Hi Callista, Supercharged Food is not vegetarian but we always provide vegetarian options x
Does the garlic go back in or stay out after Step 2?
Hello 🙂 it goes into the blender with everything 🙂 Lee
Hi Lee, I have purchased a few of your books and love the recipes. My favourite recipes at the moment are your soups, wow they tease the tastebuds and are so good for you. I love reading the information and tips also. I get excited exploring the many yummy recipes.I feel very blessed to have found you. Thank you for the many gifts you give,.:-)
Hi Susan, what a lovely message; thank you so much! I love receiving these messages – they make what I do feel so worthwhile! xxx
Wow this soup is delicious 😋 my two boys say it’s yummy too so a win all around. I added a few chicken thighs too and shredded them afterwards to make it extra filling. Thank you.
I’m so glad you and your boys are enjoying it! x
I have just started using your Love Your Gut powder. I love your recipes, but is it possible to add a plug-in so that they are easy to print? There are plenty of them and well reviewed as I did a quick check!
Also I just wanted to comment that I was quite saddened that you consider Paleo a fad diet. Is eating good quality protein wild caught fish, grass fed meat or free range chicken, free range eggs and plenty of non-starchy vegetables, healthy fats, nuts and berries and some fruit in season a fad? It is extremely easy to stick to, when you eat foods that are nutrient dense and fill you up. I have been Paleo for 5 years now and have been able to lose and maintain weight easily without the sugar cravings and highs and lows. It is not boring, I have 2 thick folders absolutely full of recipes and try new ones almost every week. Most of us are not obsessive about it though and would consider ourselves 80/20. It is also through Paleo that I learned about and started to make my own bone broth and fermented veges.
Hi Jan I am so glad it has worked for you the only thing I worry about is some people who are strict paleo are not eating enough prebiotic rich veg like sweet potato and root veg. But the way you are eating sounds very healthy and not strict paleo. Lee
Hi Lee, just made this soup, the flavours are very strong and comforting. Thank you Cheryl😊
Hi Cheryl, that’s so good to hear! I’m glad you enjoyed it x
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This is such a great, easy soup. My fussy teenager turned her nose up and then tried it and was WOWed by the flavour. Thanks Lee another one for the books. Love your work.
My pleasure glad you and the fam enjoyed it! Lee
Is this a soup that can be canned & the other recipe you shared “Gut Healing turmeric chicken broth”?
Loved your article, very informative. I’m presently healing from an acute colitis episode & fell upon your great recipes. Thank you so much!
My pleasure 🙂 it’s best to keep in the fridge if possible 🙂 lee x