Tis the season for amazing soups and I want to share with you one of my all time favorites! This is my Christmas Eve open house soup that I serve to friends and family who swing by for a little Christmas cheer. It is rich, creamy, full of flavor and packed with nourishing fats, proteins and antioxidants to keep you healthy on cold winter nights. To top it off, it is pretty simple and quick to prepare! Enjoy!
Chicken Coconut Lime Soup
1 tbs avocado oil (this is what I use)
1 whole chicken, pastured
3 cups onions, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 cups red peppers, diced
2 tbs garlic, finely chopped
3 tbs fresh ginger, finely chopped
1/4 tsp chili flakes, or to taste
4 cups sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 tsp salt, or to taste
4-6 cups water/bone broth
1 can full fat coconut milk (this is what I use)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
1 cup frozen peas
Zest and juice or 2 juicy limes
2/3 cup cooked quinoa (*optional)
- Break down chicken into breasts, legs, and wings. Pop neck and back in your freezer bone yard for a future batch of bone broth. (*Learn how to break down a chicken HERE)
- In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat, add chicken parts and cook until well browned on both sides, about 15 minutes. Remove and set aside; the chicken does not need to be cooked through at this point.
- To the same pot add onions; red pepper, garlic, ginger and chili flakes; sauté over medium heat until onions are translucent, about five minutes.
- To the pot add the browned chicken, sweet potato, salt and water. Bring to the boil, then lower heat, cover and simmer until potatoes are tender and chicken is cooked through.
- Remove chicken and let cool enough to handle. While chicken is cooling, add coconut milk. Once chicken is cool enough to handle, Coarsely chop or shred chicken and add to pot along with cilantro, peas, zest and juice. Serve.
Nutritional Love 101
Lime are a powerhouse of flavor and pack a nutritional punch to boot. They are rich in a compound called limonin, a potent anti-carcingen and anti-oxidant that prevent cancer cells from proliferating. Always add lime zest and juice at the end of cooking to get the best flavor and to take full advantage of the nutritional benefits.