Creamy Chicken Soup

This creamy chicken soup recipe is one of my favorite recipes lately.Β It takes a little longer than the kind of soups I whip up on a weeknight, so I like to have this recipe simmering on the stove on a relaxed Sunday afternoon, making the kitchen smell divine. In about an hour, you can make this comforting creamy chicken soup, without any need for coconut milk and packed full of hidden veggies.

Creamy Chicken Soup from http://meatified.com {Paleo, AIP, Whole30 & Coconut Free}

The reason this soup takes a little longer is because it needs to make in two stages. Don’t let that put you off – you don’t need to stand over the pot while it simmers, so it’s an easy recipe that’s just perfect for an afternoon of weekend meal prep. First you need to make the base of the soup, using an immersion blender to make a smooth soup that has a silky texture like a traditional dairy-laden recipe. Then you need to simmer your vegetables and chicken in that creamed broth to finish off this creamy chicken soup recipe: that’s it!

Creamy Chicken Soup from http://meatified.com {Paleo, AIP, Whole30 & Coconut Free}

This recipe is a great way to use up leftover roast chicken and the creamy chicken soup base could be used as a starting point for lots of other recipes. You can add whatever vegetables you have to hand, you’re not just stuck with the carrots and sweet potato I used here. Feel free to experiment and come up with your own version of a perfect chicken soup!

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Creamy Chicken Soup {AIP, Whole30, Coconut Free}
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Serves: Serves 4+
 
Ingredients
  • 1 medium onion
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 1½ lbs / 680 g cauliflower florets
  • 8 cups / 1.9 L chicken broth
  • 1 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 4 medium carrots
  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 2 cups / 200 g leftover roast chicken
  • Salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. BLEND: Dice the onion, peel the garlic cloves and roughly chop the cauliflower florets, then add them to a large dutch oven, along with the chicken broth and dried thyme. Over medium heat, bring the broth to almost a boil, then reduce the heat to an even simmer. Cook until the cauliflower is just fork tender, about 15 minutes. While the cauliflower is softening, peel and slice the carrots. Carefully transfer the dutch oven off the heat and use an immersion blender to puree the soup together until smooth.
  2. SIMMER: Return the blended soup back to the stove top. Add the sliced carrots and bring back to a simmer. Peel and dice the sweet potato into bite sized pieces. The carrots will need longer to soften than the sweet potato, so simmer the carrots in the soup for 15 minutes before adding the diced sweet potato and simmering until just tender, about another 10 - 15 minutes. Add the roast chicken and salt, to taste and cook until the chicken is completely warmed through before serving.
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Creamy Chicken Soup from http://meatified.com {Paleo, AIP, Whole30 & Coconut Free}

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14 comments

    1. I so hear you! Yesterday was beautiful here and now it’s cold again, I busted out my favorite fleece and I am craving soup! About to whip some up now πŸ™‚

  1. I made this and it was SO good!!! I ended up caramelizing the onions so it had a deeper color and I added a bit of sage. It reminded me of chicken pot pie!!! Oh, this was amazing! Thank you so much! Next time I am going to double the recipe so I can freeze half.

  2. I just made this for dinner but couldn’t wait to taste it……it was DELICIOUS! I left out the sweet potato and added celery and a little fresh spinach. Thank you so much for this recipe πŸ™‚

  3. I love this soup, I’ve made it 3 times, though I do often add some coconut milk:) It is never totally smooth though and takes a while. I was thinking, what if I put the raw cauliflower/onion in the blender with the broth, and then added the carrots & potatoes and cooked it all together on the stove? Then it would just be 1 cooking part instead of 2. Have you made it that way before?

    1. I don’t have any problems getting it smooth with my stick blender, but it does take a little time to get it all an even texture. You could try transferring it to a blender, but I try to avoid that with hot soups if I can. I’m not sure if blending the cauliflower raw would really work, since it probably wouldn’t blend even close to smooth like that, but I would happily be proven wrong if you try it! πŸ™‚ You’d still need to add the carrots and sweet potatoes separately, since the carrots would need much longer to cook through than the sweet potato.

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