My mum's chicken soup

I remember my mother making this soup when I was little. It's easy to make, comforting and nutrient-dense.

My mum's chicken soup
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If you feel like having a good comforting nutrient-dense soup. You know the kind that is easy to prepare. This is the one! I remember my mother making this soup when I was little, with my brothers, we all loved it.

If you’re a vegetarian, you can add more vegetables, just add some chickpeas and a cup of barley, so you’ll still get complete proteins.


  • 4 to 6 chicken thighs depending on size, with bones and skin on
  • 15 small potatoes cut in half
  • 5 to 7 small carrots, chopped
  • 3 to 4 small brown onions, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 4 fresh garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • thyme
  • fresh ginger, peeled
  • olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper
  • turmeric
  • 1 cup of barley (optional)
  • 1½ l water
Fresh Ingredients
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  1. In a large pan, sauté the onion, garlic, turmeric and pepper in the olive oil. Add the chicken, to the pan and cook for a few minutes.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and cover with water. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Cover the soup and cook until carrots and potatoes are soft. Remove the chicken skin and bones, and leave the meat in the pan.
  4. For extra nutrients or for a vegan option you can add a cup of barley and a can of chickpeas (make sure you rinse chickpeas abundantly).
  5. Serve in a nice bowl and eat hot with a slice of good quality sourdough bread. And if you make enough, it could be your lunch the following day! You can also add a side green salad.
An assortment of some of the essential Indian spices. 
Turmeric is essentially known for its ancient medicinal uses and is predominantly used in almost all kinds of food preparation in India.
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My nutrition tips:

  • Chicken is a great source of protein, vitamin B6 and B12,  zinc and iron. Make sure you buy your chicken free-range or organic, remember the quality is always more important than the quantity. Don’t use chicken breasts, they tend to become too chewy when cooked for too long. Chicken thighs or legs are the best if you want some tender meat.
  • Carrots are rich in dietary fibres and carotene that your body converts into vitamin A. Lutein, another antioxidant present in carrots, is beneficial for eye health. Carrots also contain some B vitamins, potassium and vitamin K.
  • Onions and garlic are great anti-inflammatory foods. But be careful, you should avoid them raw if you have irritable bowel syndrome. They are high in fructans which can cause digestive discomfort, bloating and pain. Try to add small quantities to your dishes to see if you can tolerate them cooked. I can support you in making changes to your diet whilst still reaping the benefits of a variety of foods.
  • Black pepper and turmeric cooked together and in olive oil will enhance the absorption of curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric resulting in a stronger and more effective health benefit.
  • Add chickpeas and barley to your soup as they provide plant protein. They’re also a good source of dietary fibres.

I hope you will enjoy this soup, let me know how you get on.