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Immunity-Boosting Turmeric Chicken Soup

This turmeric chicken soup includes carrots, parsnips, kale, bone broth, and more for an immunity-boosting powerhouse meal. It’s super quick and easy to make and is paleo, keto, AIP, and whole30.

Immunity-Boosting Turmeric Chicken Soup with carrots, parsnips, parsley, ginger, and bone broth - a powerhouse meal that is paleo, whole30, and keto. | #glutenfree #healthy #paleo

Is there anything more gratifying than a big bowl of chicken soup?

Truthfully, I don’t discriminate when it comes to chicken soup genre – I’ll eat it all (so long as it’s noodless…read: gluten-free)! Pho, ramen, classic Chicken and Rice Soup, Thai Chicken Soup, White Chicken Chili …You name it, I’m ON it!

I find the whole process of preparing a big batch of chicken soup and enjoying it for days on end to be incredibly therapeutic. The scents, the familiarity, the belly-feel…it’s all so pleasant and uncomplicated.

If you’re like me and you enjoy a big bowl of chicken soup during those chilly fall and winter evenings, you’re going to go BONKERS over this recipe. The basic premise is this is a classic chicken soup with the added pizzaz of turmeric, ginger, parsley, and kale for a nice antioxidant punch, giving you even more nutrients and flavor.

Immunity-Boosting Turmeric Chicken Soup with kale, carrots, parsnips, ginger, and bone broth. A superfood bowl of soup that happens to be paleo, keto, and whole30 | #glutenfreeIn addition, I add coconut milk to balance out the sting of the turmeric and ginger so you’re left with a beautifully flavored, oh-so satisfying bowl of yummy superfood.

This is a powerfully healing recipe for both preventing and getting rid of colds. Since cold and flu season is upon us, you’ll want to keep this one in your arsenal to stay on top of your immunity game, and to whip up when someone in your house gets sick.

In case you’re new to turmeric, I’ll give you a brief run-down about why it’s so cool.

Health Benefits of Turmeric

  • Natural anti-inflammatory (great for those with autoimmunity, arthritis, or those looking to heal from something…anything!)
  • Packed with antioxidants, which helps eliminate free-radicals, thereby preventing disease, slowing down the aging process, and fighting cancer.
  • Boosts levels of your brain hormone, BDNF, which can help reverse and prevent brain-related illnesses like Alzheimer’s and depression.
  • May lower your risk of heart disease by improving the function of the endothelium (the lining of your blood vessels).

I will say, you can absolutely over-do it on turmeric, so be careful not to get too excited and add too much. I find 1 teaspoon is the perfect amount for this soup, where you get a hint of the flavor but it is far from overpowering. If you’re a turmeric-loving badass, you can adjust up if you’d like.

Superfood Immunity-Boosting Turmeric Chicken Soup with ginger, bone broth, kale, carrots, and parsley. This nutrient-dense meal is paleo, keto, and whole30 | #glutenfree

One of the best parts about chicken soup is it is incredibly easy to make, and doesn’t require very much hands-on time.

How to Make Turmeric Chicken Soup

Start by sauteeing the vegetables in a large stock pot (I use my French oven). Add the chicken and allow it to brown for a few minutes.

Add the spices and stir well. You’ll want to continue sauteeing everything until you can smell the turmeric.

Add the bone broth and coconut milk, cover, and cook at a simmer for at least 15 minutes, preferrably 1 hour.

Once the soup is nice and flavorful, add the chopped kale leaves and stir them in. Continue cooking until they are nice and wilted.

Serve it up with your choice of crackers, bread, grilled cheese…however you like to eat your soup!

Immunity-Boosting Turmeric Chicken Soup with kale, parsnips, carrots, and bone broth - this healthy elixir is paleo, keto, and whole30 | #healthy

Recipe Adaptations:

  • To make this recipe Low-FODMAP, omit the onion and garlic – don’t worry, the soup will still be plenty flavorful!
  • If you want to infuse this soup with even more vegetation, consider adding broccoli or cauliflower florets, or even bok choy.
  • Add ⅓ cup rice or quinoa for some grain action.
  • Add 1 yukon gold potato or a small sweet potato for some veggie starch action.
  • I like using bone broth for maximum nutrients, but you can use regular chicken stock or even vegetable broth.

I hope you enjoy this colorful display of belly-warming comfort food!

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Immunity-Boosting Turmeric Chicken Soup

Course: Main Course
Keyword: chicken, dinner recipe, keto, low-carb, paleo, soup, turmeric, whole30
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 3 to 4 people
Calories: 278 kcal
Author: Julia


  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 small yellow onion finely diced*
  • 2 large carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 large parsnip peeled and chopped
  • 3 stalks celery chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced*
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts chopped
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt to taste
  • 3 cups chicken bone broth
  • 2/3 cup full-fat canned coconut milk
  • 1 small head kale chopped


  1. Heat the avocado oil in a large stock pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and saute, stirring occasionally, until transluscent, about 5 to 8 minutes. Add the carrots, parsnips, celery, and garlic and continue sauteeing, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened but still al dente, about 3 to 5 minutes.

  2. Add the chopped chicken and cook just long enough to brown the meat, about 2 to 3 minutes. 

  3. Add the remaining ingredients, stir well and cover. Cook at a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally, for at least 30 minutes (ideally one hour). Taste soup for flavor and add more sea salt if desired. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Omit onion and garlic to make Low-FODMAP

Nutrition Facts
Immunity-Boosting Turmeric Chicken Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 of 4)
Calories 278 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 27g54%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Kathy Taylor

Saturday 6th of February 2021

OMG I read your whole recipe early this AM. I took advantage of all the comments, suggestions, and answers from you. Thank you for doing that too. I didn’t think I would like bone broth as the base but I said heck I will give it a try so many people loved it. Also not a fan of kale but we eat so much spinach I felt confident the kale would be a healthy change from spinach. So my hat is off to you this is best soup I have eaten in a long time! The only one thing I added was mushrooms. I would have still loved it without them too. Thank you again, definitely in my recipe rotation.


Sunday 7th of February 2021

I'm so happy you like it, Kathy! Thanks so much for the feedback! xoxo


Tuesday 19th of January 2021

Can I swap the kale for something else and omit the parsnips please?


Tuesday 19th of January 2021

Hi Linda,

Absolutely! You can use Swiss chard or spinach instead of kale (or leave the leafy greens out altogether), and use more carrot instead of the parsnip. Or swap it for turnips or potato. Hope you enjoy! xoxo


Saturday 19th of December 2020

I just made this and it’s WONDERFUL! It really lends itself well to tinkering and adding extra veggies. I threw in 3 small yellow potatoes, daikon, bok choy, and green onion, and added a tsp of chicken bouillon to account for the additional veg, as well as 1/2 tsp chili powder, and YUM! I’m so glad you posted this recipe (and that I found it!) :)


Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

OOH I LOVE the idea of adding bok choy! Your changes sound amazing! Thank you for sharing! xoxo

Jennifer Zarate

Tuesday 13th of October 2020

After the pandemic started, I was looking around at immune boosting soups and found this one. All I can say is I've now found a new favorite! I added a few things like whole chilies and crushed peppers, for a little more heat. Also added garbanzo beans. This soup is loaded with all the good stuff and is now part of my recipe rotation. If you haven't tried it, you're missing out!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful soup.


Wednesday 14th of October 2020

I'm so happy you love it, Jennifer! Your changes sound absolutely amazing. Thanks so much for the sweet note and for the feedback...I hope you're staying well! xoxo

Carrie Pons

Sunday 11th of October 2020

I want to double this recipe and freeze some. Do you know if it freezes and reheats well? Thank you!!

Chris Savage

Sunday 14th of March 2021

I would freeze this without the Kale as freezing & reheating that will ruin but C content & probably leave it looking unappetizing. Add steamed kale to reheated soup or just simmer with freshly cut kale before serving.

Chris Savage

Sunday 14th of March 2021



Sunday 11th of October 2020

Hi Carrie, OOh, I love the idea of making it in bulk! I've never tried freezing it, so I'm not too sure how it would turn out. My gut instinct is you would need to add some more fat/sauce to it so that the vegetables and meat don't have a strange texture when thawed and reheated. If you can do coconut milk, I'd suggest adding 1/2 cup or so to the portion you freeze to help protect the veggies. Let me know how it turns out!

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