Nourishing Detox Chicken Soup

Happy fall y’all! I participate in a few different Facebook groups regarding digestive health. Last night I mentioned a soup recipe I use when I need a system reset or detox. I had 4 or 5 requests for this simple but nourishing soup. So, I thought I’d share it. This is a flexible (and family friendly!) recipe, for my nourishing detox chicken soup.

Reasons for a Detox

There might be several reason why you might want to try to reset your system.

  1. You want to reset your internal organs, calm and remove toxins.
  2. You’re coming off an over indulgent weekend or vacation and feel bloated and crampy.
  3. A new food is giving you trouble.
  4. You want to jump start a weigh loss program.
  5. You want to strengthen your immune system.
Nourishing, detox chicken soup
Nourishing, detox chicken soup

Detox Chicken Soup Recipe

So my soup recipe is super simple – I start with a whole chicken. I usually splurge on a really good, free range organic fed one (you can even use a rotisserie chicken that’s unseasoned). Put that in a large pot (I use a multi pot that has a colander basket insert – but you can use a regular stock pot and just strain it later) Place the chicken in the pot, cover with water. Add kosher salt, a good tablespoon full (and it will likely need more) a carrot or two, handful of green onion tops, handful of parsley or other herbs you have laying around, bay leaf and a few grinds of pepper. Put that on low heat and allow to simmer for 4-5 hours.

Once that’s done simmering I remove the insert, allow the broth to drain out, then I put the chicken/insert in the sink to cool for a little bit. If you don’t have a multi pot then strain the broth into another pot and allow the chicken to cool. I put the broth back on the stove. And taste for seasoning. Usually it needs more salt and pepper. Once I can handle the chicken, I pull off the meat and shred it, add it back to the broth. Leave all of the veggies in the pot and discard them and the bones. Add more chopped parsley to the broth so it has a little color. Sometimes I add shredded spinach, but I wouldn’t do that if you are using this for a system reset/detox meal. I keep the soup plain like this, then at meal time I can change it up.

Serving

Serve nourishing detox chicken soup over rice noodles (my kids favorite). Use the shredded meat to eat over a potato. Drink the broth for a snack. Serve the soup over rice. Both of my kids really like it (which is a small wonder) and it’s really mild on the tummy. I make it all the time! You can even freeze batches in containers and pull it out when you need to.  * I have frozen it with the rice noodles in it – and they become kinda mushy, so leave the soup plain, and make noodles separately at meal time.

How I Use it for Detox or System Reset

This makes a large pot, enough to enjoy all week. When I use it for a system reset or detox, I recommend eating it twice a day for one, two even three days depending on how you feel. As mentioned, it can be changed up a bit. Add noodles for chicken noodle soup, use shredded chicken over half of a baked potato, warm a cup of broth as a snack, serve over rice, and even try it with a squirt of lemon juice ( my personal favorite). This just seems to calm my my whole digestive system down, reduce bloating and make feel more like myself. This is my go to recipe for when I know my son has overindulged and his system is out of whack, always helps him within a weekend.

To jump start weight loss, I would recommend skipping noodles. Instead, add spinach, broccoli and/or chopped zucchini. The vegetables add fiber, nutrients and are more filling, without any additional calories. I lost 5 pounds over a long weekend eating this soup in an attempt to reset my system! The soup is very low in calories (about 100 calories with no noodles) but high in protein. I should note that you could add any veggie you prefer to this soup – but if you are looking to use it as a weight loss soup avoid starchy vegetables like potato and carrots.

Keep this recipe on hand as we are entering cold and flu season! Stay healthy my friends!

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Nourishing Detox Chicken Soup

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  • Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

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1 3-4 lb chicken, rinsed and large pieces of fat removed, leave skin on

23 carrots

1 cup fresh herbs such as parsley, chervil, dill (whatever is in your fridge)

12 bunch green onion tops

Bayleaf

Salt and pepper

Add-ons: Extra herbs for sprinkling, noodles, rice, lemon juice, chopped/shredded spinach

Instructions

1. Place chicken in large stock pot (strainer insert make the job easier).

2. Cover chicken with water by an inch.

3. Add carrots and herbs, bayleaf, 1 bunch green onion tops, 1TB kosher salt, 1 teaspoon ground pepper.

4. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.

5. Skim off any foam, scum, shmutz (technical term) that forms on top after about an hour.

6. Allow to simmer, covered for 4 hour or so hours. The chicken will be super tender and meat will fall off the bone.

* I like to simmer 4-5 hours to ensure the broth is fortified with the collagen and nutrients from the bones.

7. Add more water if water evaporates too much, keep chicken covered.

8. Turn off heat and allow soup to cool a bit.

*If using a strainer insert: Bring pot to sink, carefully lift insert into sink and allow that to cool. Place broth (in stock pot) back on the stove, covered until ready to serve.

*If NOT using a strainer insert: Allow soup to cool for an hour. Strain the broth by pouring the broth through a strainer over another large pot. Place that pot back on the stove, covered.

9. Allow the strainer with the chicken and herbs to cool before handling.

10. Shred the chicken off the bones and place into the stock pot with broth. Reheat the broth if necessary.

11. Taste the broth, it will likely need more salt, add that and more pepper to taste. (add lemon juice- it’s my favorite!)

12. This is where you can customize the soup. I always add more finely chopped parsley/green herbs to the final soup.  Serve this over noodles of your choice (we love extra thin rice noodles), rice, add shredded spinach for a little added green veg, or more green onion tops. You could even add more veggies depending on your tolerance. But, for a detox soup, I keep it really simple.

This soup freezes well. I freeze the soup in portions to have on hand in the freezer that can be customized. I do not recommend freezing rice noodles! (make them fresh instead)

  • Author: Karina K.
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 5 hours
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