This GAPS chicken soup recipe is perfect for the first stages of the GAPS introduction diet. It is easy to make, delicious, and very nourishing.
There is a good reason why chicken soup has been like a remedy for many, many years. It is so healing and nourishing! In generations past, mothers and grandmothers knew that chicken soup was what sick people needed.
This GAPS chicken soup recipe is perfect for the first stages of the GAPS introduction diet. But it would also be perfect for anyone recovering from just about any illness. I keep this recipe in my head for whenever we need healing and extra nourishment.
The chicken and meat stock
For this recipe, you’ll need to have already made some meat stock. I show how to make GAPS meat stock here. After you’ve done that, you’ll have plenty of gut healing meat stock, as well as lots of cooked chicken meat. This makes this GAPS chicken soup recipe really fast and easy to put together.
For most soups, there are some vegetables that are staples. For me, these include onions, garlic, and carrots. I like to include these in most soup recipes, no matter what else I’m adding. From there, feel free to switch out the vegetables for variety, and to use what you have in season. Of course, you’ll want to stick to the GAPS legal vegetables, and choose them according to what stage you’re in.
Especially in the beginning stages of the GAPS diet, I really like to include a lot of winter squash. I find butternut squash to be the easiest to peel and cut. Winter squash helps to keep the carbs and calories high, which helps keep us satisfied and not feeling hungry as quickly. Of course, this can vary from person to person. We all have slightly different metabolisms. But for me personally, I remember this being very helpful.
Whichever vegetables you choose, you’ll want to make sure they’re cooked long enough to be very soft. This is especially important in the beginning of the introduction diet. The softer the vegetables, the easier they are to digest. We want to give our tired, sick digestive systems the easiest time possible digesting food.
For the very first stages of the introduction diet, it’s best to peel all of the vegetables that can be peeled. This will also make them easier to digest. Later on it won’t be necessary, but in the very beginning it’s helpful for easier digestion.
I recommend around 20 – 30 minutes of simmering for the vegetables on a stovetop. You may need to go longer than that, depending on the size of the vegetable pieces and the heat of your stove.
Organic is best
Just as with the meat stock ingredients, it’s best if you can use organic vegetables. This will reduce the toxic load that our body has to deal with.
Crock pot to the rescue
If you like, you can also make this recipe in a crockpot. Just cook the vegetables on high for around 4 hours, or on low for around 6-8 hours. Add the chicken meat and salt just before serving.
GAPS Chicken Soup Recipe Directions
- Winter squash
- Shredded or diced cooked chicken
- Meat stock
1. Chop and peel (if necessary) vegetables and put into soup pot.
2. Add enough meat stock to cover vegetables.
3. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
4. Cook until vegetables are very soft, around 30 minutes.
5. Add salt to taste.
6. Add cooked chicken and heat through.
7. Serve and enjoy.
GAPS chicken soup recipe video
Do you have any favorite soup recipes?
What ingredients do you like to use? Let me know in the comments!
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- onion, chopped
- garlic, chopped
- celery, chopped
- carrots, peeled and chopped
- winter squash, peeled and diced
- cooked chicken, shredded or diced
- meat stock
- salt, to taste
- Chop and peel (if necessary) vegetables and put into soup pot.
- Add enough meat stock to cover vegetables.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
- Cook until vegetables are very soft, around 30 minutes.
- Add salt to taste.
- Add cooked chicken and heat through.
- Serve and enjoy.