Creamy Chicken Soup | Paleo & Whole 30

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!

Creamy Chicken Soup | Paleo & Whole 30
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Creamy Chicken Soup | Paleo & Whole 30
  • 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
1. Coat the bottom of a large stockpot with the ghee over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, onions, and garlic, and sauté for about 3 minutes.2. Add the drumsticks and potatoes into the pot, and season the drumsticks, potatoes, and other vegetables with a small amount of salt and pepper. Stir to combine.3. Pour in chicken stock and water to cover the chicken and potatoes completely.4. Add the Italian Seasoning, turmeric, and bay leaves. Stir to combine.5. Bring water to a boil. Cover and let simmer on low heat for 90 minutes.6. Remove the drumsticks with tongs. Remove the skin and fat and discard. Shred the meat off the bones and put only the meat back into the soup.7. Add coconut milk.8. Now that the chicken has cooked and you can taste the broth, determine whether you want to add more salt and pepper. If so, add to your taste preference.9. Allow to simmer while covered for another 10 minutes.10. Serve hot and enjoy.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6-8 servings