Oh, chicken soup… they call it soul food, and it certainly does the trick on a cold winter day or when I’m in bad weather. I also love making this chicken soup (and other soups) during the winter to have a little extra homemade bone broth in my diet.
It seems that even healthier canned soup brands are including less and less meat these days. If you’ve never made chicken soup from scratch, I encourage you to try this simple recipe and savor the difference.
It is a must!
Chicken and vegetable soup: a proven recipe for well-being
There’s a good reason we think of chicken noodle soup to fight a cold. Granted, we probably grew up giving ourselves a steaming bowl at the first hint of a sniff, like our parents did before us. But there are also practical reasons why soup is considered an elixir for good health.
With herbal ingredients like parsley, turmeric, basil, and oregano, this chicken and vegetable soup recipe helps fight colds and flu we are all prone to especially during the winter months. I also made sure to add a larger serving of vegetables than what is found in traditional recipes to really increase the nutritional content.
I can’t go without mentioning the real star of this dish: the homemade chicken broth, full of minerals and immune boosting proteins. Homemade bone broth (made from grass-fed beef, pastured poultry, or wild fish) offers many health benefits.
Bone broth from grass-fed sources is:
- rich in calcium, magnesium and phosphorus
- rich in collagen for healthy hair, skin and nails
- soothing digestion
- High in Gelatin and a good source of protein and important amino acids proline and glycine.
AT make real bone broth, animal bones should be simmered for more than 20 hours to extract all the nutrients. The Instant Pot considerably shortens this job. But don’t worry, there’s a shortcut when there’s no time for homemade broth! i use this prefabricated option when I need bone broth in a pinch. It’s grass-fed, organic, long-simmered, and avoids the harmful ingredients hidden in many other store-bought broths
If you want to learn more about broth as a superfood check out my podcast interviews with Chef Lance Roll and Justin mares where we discuss the benefits of broth and the many ways it can be used to improve your health!
Low blood sugar
This chicken vegetable soup is an excellent low glycemic index meal that is high in protein. It matches the profile of my Wellness Mama recipe requirements and for anyone trying to lose weight. It is also gluten and dairy free for those who must avoid these ingredients.
I object to extra dishes and like to keep as many meals as possible in a pot. This recipe calls for boiling a whole chicken directly in the pot. Everything else can be roughly chopped and discarded. In fact, this recipe only takes 15 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to simmer.
It sounds simple and cliché, but the secret to successful meal planning plan ahead. Consider making a jackpot ahead of time and freeze it so you have it on hand if the sniffles hit.
Recipe for delicious chicken and vegetable soup
Sounds so good… let’s simmer!
Chicken and vegetable soup recipe
A delicious and hearty hot vegetable soup packed with nutrients.
Pour the water into a large pot.
Add the chicken, bring to a boil and boil until cooked. If you are using chicken breasts instead of a whole chicken, chicken broth can be used instead of water.
While the chicken is cooking, chop the celery, carrots, onions and garlic.
Crack the eggs into a small bowl and beat.
When the chicken is cooked, remove it from the water and let it cool slightly.
Meanwhile, add the celery, carrots, onions and chopped garlic cloves to the boiling water.
Add all the herbs and spices.
Boil until the vegetables are cooked but not mushy.
Meanwhile, chop the chicken into small pieces.
Dice the broccoli and mushrooms.
Add the broccoli, mushrooms, spinach and chicken to the pot.
While stirring, slowly add the beaten eggs (it will look like egg soup).
Boil 2 minutes until the eggs are cooked, remove from heat and serve.
This soup freezes well!
Portion: 1Chopped off | Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.1g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Saturated fat: 1.1g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 138mg | Fiber: 2.1g | Sugar: 1.9g
Other variations of chicken and vegetable soup:
- Chicken Pie Soup – This creamy soup featured in the Wellness Mama cookbook uses arrowroot and coconut milk to thicken the broth (and not need a pie crust!)
- Soothing garlic soup – A favorite for immune soup with a chicken broth based
- beaten egg soup – Soothing soup in 10 minutes (and with the added benefits of ginger!)
- Of course, replace them freely with seasonal vegetables or just what you have on hand!
- Kettle & Fire Bone Broth – For when you are short on time and want a pre-made bone broth that is quite gelatinous and made with organic ingredients.
- Leftover Turkey Soup – A healthy soup variation that I love to make after Thanksgiving or when the turkey is on sale
What’s in your chicken soup recipe? Please share!