The weather has been completely crazy, you guys. It actually feels like winter in Texas, which is the part that's just completely insane. We've busted out our big jackets and boots at least ten times since December (fun, but crazy), and basically, I'm just hoping we don't freeze to death.
In the meantime, I've gone to work making our house into a soup kitchen to try and find the best cold-weather soup recipes, made to warm the soul (and possibly, for survival purposes). So, I'm proud to say that I created what might be the best chicken soup you've ever had in your life.
Not even kidding. This soup is amazing. AND it's Whole 30 compliant! Yep, you heard that right. 100% creamy, amazing, soul-comforting, compliance in a bowl.
There are a few elements that I think make it as good as it is. First, I made this soup using my homemade chicken stock as a base. The store bought stuff is a great alternative to have on hand, but the homemade stock is where it's at. I also cooked the chicken drumsticks in the broth for an hour and a half which I believe is so important to produce a rich, flavorful, and hearty chicken soup.
I decided to add the coconut milk on a whim. I was craving a creamy soup, but creamy things are hard to come by when on Whole 30 or Paleo. I was worried coconut milk would give the soup a coconut flavor, but decided to try it anyways. So I poured in a whole can of coconut milk, closed my eyes, crossed my fingers, took a taste, and bam! Perfection. The milk does not give the mixture a coconut flavor at all, and perfectly creates a creamy texture.
Lastly, I used Himalayan Pink Salt Grass-Fed Ghee by 4th & Heart to sauté the vegetables as the first step, prior to pouring the broth in. Friends, I have never had ghee as creamy and as amazingly perfect in my life. I could probably eat it off a spoon. The flavor of this ghee definitely adds to the overall flavor of the soup. And no, I do not represent 4th & Heart in any way. I just happened to stumble upon their product in the grocery store, and will now probably never buy ghee from anyone else.
It's winter, everyone has the flu, and it's freaking cold outside. There are few things better than a piping hot bowl of chicken soup right about now. Hope you enjoy!
- 5 cups homemade chicken stock (store bought stock will work ok too)
- 4 cups water
- 1 can full fat coconut milk
- 1/2 tbsp ghee
- 1 cup carrots, cut into rounds
- 1 cup onions, diced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 5 chicken drumsticks
- 5 red potatoes
- 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 2 bay leaves
- salt & pepper to taste