Coconut Turmeric Chicken Soup

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This Coconut Turmeric Chicken Soup recipe is a fun twist on a comforting classic.


Nothing warms the soul more than a hearty winter soup! Elevate your game with this mélange of healthy fats, lean proteins and pain-reducing spices, to start….


  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 TBSP grated fresh ginger
  • 2 TBSP olive oil (or coconut oil)
  • 1/2 TBSP turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 lb. carrots (about 3)
  • 1/2 bunch celery (about 4 stalks)
  • 1 skinless, boneless chicken breast (about 3/4 lb.)
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 13 oz. can coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)

Optional for Serving:

  • 3 cups cooked jasmine rice
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime


  1. Dice the onion, mince the garlic, and grate the ginger. Add to a large soup pot with the olive oil, and sauté over medium heat until the onions are soft and translucent.
  2. Meanwhile, peel and chop the carrots, and chop the celery.
  3. Once the onions are soft, add the turmeric, cumin and red pepper flakes. Sauté for about 1 minute more to toast the spices. Add the carrots and celery and sauté for a few minutes more, or just until they begin to soften.
  4. Add the chicken breast to the pot along with the chicken broth. Place a lid on the pot, turn the heat up to medium-high, and bring the broth to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium-low, and let the broth simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove the chicken breast and shred it with two forks. Return the shredded meat to the soup and add the coconut milk.
  6. Stir to combine and heat through over medium-low heat. Taste the soup and add salt to taste.
  7. To serve, ladle about 1-1/3 cups soup into a bowl and top with (optional) 1/2 cup cooked rice, a few fresh cilantro leaves, and a wedge of lime.


Servings: 6
Calories: 252
Total Fat: 8 g
Protein: 16 g
Carbohydrates: 30 g
Dietary Fiber: 3 g
Sodium: 908 mg

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