This is a simple, old fashioned chicken soup that warms the body and soul. My family and friends adore it – perhaps because of the rich broth, satisfying flavors, and spices. Maybe the real key is a healthy, happy chicken! I look for organic pasture-raised hens when possible. The optional spice mix and coconut milk add richness and a subtle hint of curry like a thai chicken soup. Or you can use your favorite spices. It is easy to thicken with a bit of arrowroot powder. What makes it Paleo? It is low-carb and grain-free – there are no noodles, rice, dumplings, or potatoes.  It’s a coconut chicken soup, dairy-free. And the organic chicken has been fed no gmo grains. This makes a big pot of chicken curry stew – serves 6 with probable leftovers.

Paleo Chicken Soup

Rating: 51


  • 1 whole chicken, preferably organic pasture-raised
  • 3 cups filtered water, or more as needed
  • Sauté and Add to Soup:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 leek, diced
  • 3 large carrots, diced
  • 1/2 bunch celery, diced
  • 1 organic bouillon cube (optional)
  • Unprocessed salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Optional Spice Mix:
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric, or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sage, ground or fresh (or poultry seasoning)
  • Thickening:
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • Garnish:
  • Herbs, such as basil, cilantro and/or parsley, diced


  1. Cut the chicken into pieces (or have them cut it for you in the store). Place the chicken pieces in a large soup pot and add filtered water just barely enough to cover. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a low constant simmer. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Sauté and Add to Soup:
  3. In a large skillet, add 3 tablespoons olive oil. Sauté the garlic and onion until barely soft. Add the leek and sauté until it begins to soften. Then add these vegetables to the pot of chicken.
  4. To the simmering pot of chicken, add carrot, celery, and optional bouillon.
  5. Optional Spice Mix:
  6. Add the spices, or your favorite seasonings today. Keep the soup on a low simmer until the chicken begins to come away from the bones.
  7. Remove Bones and Thicken:
  8. Remove the chicken pieces from the soup to a large platter and allow them to cool. When they’re cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the bones. Cut it into bite-size pieces and put the meat back into the soup.
  9. In a small bowl, whisk together the arrowroot and coconut milk. Add to the simmering soup and stir until it thickens. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Garnish:
  11. Serve with diced herbs.

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