A hearty, nourishing chicken soup for those cold, winter days when you’re not feeling top-notch or you just want to curl up with a comforting bowl of soup. Try this quick and easy version of traditional chicken soup that can be made with potatoes, noodles, or wild rice.
It's time to cozy up with a bowl of this gluten-free chicken soup. Because, let's be honest. This has been a tough season of illness for so many. My household included. Yours too?
🌟 Why you'll love this recipe
I'm not going to claim that this soup will cure the flu or common cold, but it is my go-to feel-better-soon meal when my head feels like it's stuffed with cotton and all of my muscles ache. If I were to do a deep dive into this soup's nutritional benefits, it would reveal immune-boosting ingredients perfect for showing the flu bug or the common cold who's boss.
This soup also provides so much more nutrition than those little packets of dehydrated chicken noodle soup that I ate as a kid when I wasn't feeling well. Even today, so many of the processed chicken soup options available at the store are loaded with ingredients that we'd need our local chemist to pronounce and explain to us. Or they contain enough salt to put the Dead Sea to shame.
All in all this homemade chicken soup is soup-er healthy (<--who am I?!) but yet still so comforting and cozy when we need it the most.
🛒 Ingredients & suggestions
This flu fighting bowl of chicken soup love is loaded with whole food ingredients like:
- Chicken stock -The hydrating base of our soup. I personally prefer a high quality, low sodium stock so that I can control the saltiness of my soup while also gaining all the added benefits from collagen and the slightly richer flavor found in stock. If you have time to make your own stock, then definitely do it. If not, there's no judgment whatsoever.
- Chicken - White or dark meat. You pick.
- Sautéed leeks cooked to silky sweetness.
- Thin slices of garlic. Like a lot. Because 1) flavor and 2) garlic has a reputation as an alternative medicine for helping to cure ailments.
- Tender chunks of carrot, celery, and potato.
- Fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, and parsley.
- A generous pour of vermouth because it takes the flavor of the soup to a whole new level. And why not add booze to flu fighting soup?! It can only help, right? Juuust kidding, the alcohol cooks out.
- Loads of leafy winter greens like swiss chard and kale for immune-boosting loads of Vitamin C, E, & K.
For a full list of ingredients and quantities see the recipe card at the end of this post.
🥣 Soup variations
This chicken soup is totally versatile to your particular cravings. Switch out the potatoes for gluten-free noodles to make it a true chicken and noodle soup. Or replace the taters with some wild rice and you'll have a luxurious chicken and rice soup that will have the whole church talking. Because we talk about soup at church. No, no we don't. Okay, maybe sometimes when it's potluck Sunday.
💭 Frequently asked questions
Allow the chicken soup to cool, then transfer it to an airtight container and store in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. When ready to eat, just pop it in the microwave or on the stove to reheat.
Yes! To freeze, allow the soup to cool completely, then transfer to freezer-friendly containers or freezer bags. Leave about an inch of space in the container or freezer bag for the liquid to expand which also minimizes contact with air, which can cause freezer burn. Chicken soup freezes well for up to 6 months.
Now that's a pot of chicken soup for the soul. Eat up and stay well friends. ♡
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Gluten-Free Chicken Soup
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: Serves 8
A hearty, nourishing chicken soup for those cold, winter days when you’re not feeling top-notch or you just want to curl up with a comforting bowl of soup. A quick and easy version of traditional chicken soup that can be made with potatoes, noodles, or wild rice.
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 chicken breasts
- 2 large leeks, cleaned and sliced thin
- 3 large carrots, washed and sliced into ¼-inch rounds
- 3 celery sticks, chopped ¼-inch
- 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, minced
- 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, minced
- 2 tablespoons gluten-free all-purpose flour (I use Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour)
- 1 cup vermouth (or white wine)
- 6 cups organic chicken stock
- 2 bay leaves
- 2-3 large yellow potatoes, diced (see Notes)
- 4 cups winter greens such as swiss chard and kale, coarsely chopped
- ¼ cup Italian parsley, chopped
- In a large pot heat coconut oil over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place chicken in pot and sear on all sides until golden brown, turn when each side removes easily from the bottom of the pot. Remove to a plate, and reduce heat to medium.
- In the same pot used to cook chicken, saute leeks, carrots and celery until soft, about 4-5 minutes. Add half of the thinly sliced garlic and minced herbs, stirring for another 30 seconds. Sprinkle with flour and stir for another minute.
- Add vermouth to the pot and, using a heavy wooden spoon, scrape up any tasty browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Allow the vermouth to reduce slightly, then add the chicken stock.
- Return chicken to the pot. Add potatoes. Cover and cook until the potatoes and chicken are cooked through, about 15-20 minutes.
- Remove bay leaves from pot and discard. Remove chicken and coursely chop or shred. Return chicken meat to pot and stir in along with the rest of the garlic, greens, and parsley. Cook until greens are tender, about 5 minutes.
Swap out the potatoes for parsnips, sweet potatoes, noodles, or wild rice. They would all be tasty variations!
If you try this soup with noodles I recommend cooking the noodles seperately and adding them in to each serving when ready to eat. Store leftover noodles seperately from the soup as well. This will prevent the noodles from absorbing too much liquid and becoming overly soggy.
- Category: Soups
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
- Serving Size: 1.5 cups
- Calories: 231
- Sugar: 9.3 g
- Sodium: 349.9 mg
- Fat: 6.1 g
- Saturated Fat: 3.5 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 28.4 g
- Fiber: 3.6 g
- Protein: 8.5 g
- Cholesterol: 10.6 mg
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Ahhh this chicken soup made me remember the one my grandma was doing every time! It's the first time I see your website but all the recipes here look delicious. I will keep searching your categories of gluten-free, amazing job you made on this website. Have a good day! 🙂
Thanks so much for your comment Nicolas! I love how certain foods can bring back memories of loved ones or special times in our lives. All of the recipes on my site are gluten-free so I hope you find a bunch of new favorites. ?