Chicken Soup


Chicken soup is without a doubt one of the easiest, most nutritious, hearty meals we cook in our household. All it takes is one pot - and you can throw all the ingredients in together - cooking doesn't get simpler than that! 

It's a bowl of bone broth-filled goodness, with lots of veg, herbs and spices to add extra nutrition, fibre and wonderful phytonutrients to keep your body healthy. Once the kids start to come down with a sniffle I always get a pot of this underway, and more often than not it keeps a head cold at bay. 

Chicken, parsley and cabbage all contain glutamine - a wonderful amino acid that helps our body's tissues to repair - especially in our digestive tract where all this goodness is headed! I love this recipe for it's gut healing, anti-inflammatory and nutritive profile - but best of all I can make it in about 45 minutes at the end of a busy day when the kids are going mad before dinner!


  • 6 chicken chops (thighs with bones)
  • 1 onion, sliced lengthways 
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 white cabbage, sliced
  • 2 waxy potatoes, chopped into bite-sized chunks
  • 2 small carrots, sliced
  • 2 stalks of celery, sliced
  • 2L of water
  • 6 whole peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Bunch of parsley 
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Put water in a large pot on high heat. Add all of the above ingredients.
  2. Bring the pot to the boil and then reduce to a simmer for 40 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. 
  3. Using a slotted spoon, remove the chicken from the pot. Allow to sit on a chopping board for 5 minutes to slightly cool. 
  4. Being careful not to burn yourself, tear the chicken away from each of the bones and return the shredded chicken to the pot. 
  5. Serve while hot with some more freshly chopped parsley. 

Serves 6