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After a few weeks of the GAPS Introductory Diet, I had settled on two soups that I loved. I refined my techniques for making them, and they just kept getting better and better. Today I will share with you one these wonderful soup recipes: Creamy Chicken Soup.
This creamy chicken soup is dairy-free, coconut-free, AIP-friendly, and safe for stage one of GAPS intro. It is even cauliflower-free, unless you don’t want it to be. Too good to be true? Believe it! So what’s my secret ingredient?
Healing diets such as GAPS Intro and the Autoimmune Protocol emphasize the importance of adding healthy fats into the diet and eating the whole animal. GAPS Intro particularly focuses on using the soft parts of animals in soups and stews to help heal the body and the gut. However, I can’t stand chicken skin. It tastes and feels just….no. So what’s a girl seeking healing to do?
Yep! That’s the secret ingredient! After cooking the whole chicken, I picked off all the skin, soft bits, and a couple organs (I started with the heart and the liver) and pureed them all in a blender. This yielded an incredibly smooth, neutral flavored “gravy” that adds depth, creaminess, and lots of healing goodness to your chicken soup.
This soup is also incredibly easy to make and customize. Pick your favorite veggies, add herbs and spices you can tolerate (or don’t – it’s delicious with just salt!), and you are half way to a delicious soup.
My favorite way to prepare my vegetables is to puree carrots and onions in a food processor. This adds a nice texture to me. Any others (I usually use broccoli and sometimes peas) I just put in chopped. Try different ways of preparing your vegetables. You would be surprised by how much a different technique can effect the experience of your soup!
Whether you use broth or filtered water in this recipe is up to you. Boiling the whole chicken and adding in the soft bits will yield a very nutritious broth and soup. For extra healing power, add in some some broth and your soup will gel like crazy:
Whatever you choose, this is a lovely and delicious healing recipe for a creamy chicken soup.
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