Food for the Soul: Chicken & Parsnip Soup

Saturday 16 July 2016

chicken soup


Whenever anyone in our home is unwell, chicken soup (and bone broths) are on the menu. They are not only rich in many nourishing minerals and gelatin, there is a comforting soulful element also.

So here is my super simply recipes to serving up a delicious bowl of nourishment. I like to keep a few jars in the fridge for when there really is no time to cook.

From the pantry

a whole organic pastured raised chicken – I am really passionate about only using ethically sourced organic meat in our home – I also always make sure to say a little blessing when preparing the meat and try to be mindful with my preparation.

a few sprigs of thyme

a few tablespoons of ghee or coconut oil

1 brown onion – chopped into small pieces 

a few stalks of celery – finely sliced 

3 parsnips medium size – chopped into small pieces 

2 carrots medium size- chopped into small pieces

organic rice noodles (whatever amount is right for your family)


a small handful of fresh parsley

some fresh lemon – you will need a squeeze and some zest

sea or rock salt and pepper to taste + a little extra virgin olive oil


Let’s begin

PLACE the whole chicken in a stock/ le cruslet pot or a slow cooker, fill with water and add a few sprigs of thyme – turn on a gently simmer and allow to cook for the day. I sometimes place the chicken in the slow cooker overnight so that is ready for lunch the next day.

you will usually need to allow at least 5 hours to cook

ONCE chicken is cooked (it will smell delicious and the meat will be falling off the bone when you check it), turn it off the heat or turn off slow cooker and allow to begin to cool.

IN A SEPARATE saucepan add the ghee or coconut oil and gently simmer the chopped onion on a low heat until transparent. If the onion starts to catch/ burn, lower the heat and add a few tablespoons of water.

ADD the chopped celery and simmer for a few minutes on low heat

ADD the chopped carrots and parsnips and allow to cook for a few more minutes.

STRAIN chicken broth from stock pot/ slow cooker into the saucepan with the simmering vegetables. Again adding as much broth as soup as you would like. You could easily add it all (if the saucepan is big enough) and then freeze the left overs.

ADD in rice noodles and allow to cook for around 20 minutes until all vegetables are tender.

MEANWHILE attend to the chicken – separating the meat from the bones.

ONCE soup is ready to serve, add in the amount of chicken required.

BEFORE SERVING add in a little squeeze of lemon juice and a grating of lemon zest.

SERVE with parsley and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Enjoy, Nat xx

chicken soup

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