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Turmeric Chicken No Noodle Soup

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An anti-inflammatory veggie-packed chicken soup that will leave you saying, “what noodles?”  Whip this up on the weekend for quick and cozy meals throughout the week.

Turmeric Chicken No Noodle Soup {AIP, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Nightshade-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free, Egg-Free, Whole 30}| cleaneatingveggiegirl.comShall we call this turmeric chicken week?  After Tuesday’s recipe for Avocado Turmeric Chicken Salad and now another turmeric chicken-based dish, I think we shall!

Turmeric Chicken No Noodle Soup {AIP, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Nightshade-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free, Egg-Free, Whole 30}| cleaneatingveggiegirl.comSince my Instant Pot made its arrival and I learned how to cook chicken crazily fast in it, it probably comes as no surprise that the chicken recipes just keep on coming.  But turmeric?  That one may not be such an obvious ingredient.  Or maybe it is?  <– Five of my favorite turmeric recipes all crammed into one sentence.

Turmeric Chicken No Noodle Soup {AIP, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Nightshade-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free, Egg-Free, Whole 30}| cleaneatingveggiegirl.comYou see, turmeric is straight up amazing.  It is anti-inflammatory.  It is colorful and makes dishes vibrantly pretty.  And it packs a major punch in the flavor department.

I may not be able to eat curry powder, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and paprika right now, but ground turmeric is treating me just fine.  It is also calming all of my cravings for all of those darn nightshade spices.

Turmeric Chicken No Noodle Soup {AIP, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Nightshade-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free, Egg-Free, Whole 30}| cleaneatingveggiegirl.comSince adopting a Paleo (mostly AIP) diet, I can no longer enjoy my “No Chicken” Noodle Chickpea Soup (this is a must try if you eat vegan, gluten, and legumes).  I am lucky to have found a great substitution, but sometimes you just want some chicken soup… for the soul (sorry, I had to say it).

I like to think that this Turmeric Chicken No Noodle Soup is what would happen if those two soups had a baby and then… bam!  You just had to throw in some turmeric.  Props to this lady for giving me the idea.

Turmeric Chicken No Noodle Soup {AIP, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Nightshade-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free, Egg-Free, Whole 30}| cleaneatingveggiegirl.comTurmeric Chicken No Noodle Soup
AIP, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Nightshade-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Egg-Free, Whole 30

Serves 4 to 6


1 pound of organic, free-range chicken breasts
6 cups of chicken bone broth, divided
1 heaping TB of unrefined coconut or avocado oil
1/2 of a medium sweet yellow onion, diced
3 to 4 cloves of garlic, minced
1-inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
4 whole carrots, peeled and sliced
4 stalks of celery, chopped
1 medium head of green cabbage, shredded
1 medium zucchini, chopped
1 TB dried thyme
1 TB dried oregano
1 TB dried parsley
1/2 TB ground turmeric
1/2 to 1 tsp fine sea salt, or to taste
the juice from one small lemon


1. Cook chicken breasts and four cups of the chicken bone broth in the Instant Pot using this method, or your preferred method.  Remove the chicken breasts from the broth.  Set aside to cool, shred, then store in the fridge if you are not making the soup right away.  Reserve the remaining bone broth for the soup.  You can also use shredded chicken from a whole chicken.

2. In a large soup pot or dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat.  Once hot, lower the heat to medium and add onion, garlic, and ginger.  Cook for approximately five to six minutes, or until softened.

3. Add carrots, celery, and cabbage.  Stir and cook for an additional six to eight minutes.

4. Stir in zucchini, remaining two cups of bone broth, and the four cups of bone broth used to cook the chicken.  You may need to strain the broth used to cook the chicken.

5. Raise the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, lower the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.

6. Add spices, lemon juice, and shredded cooked chicken, cover, and continue simmering for an additional 20 to 30 minutes.  The longer it simmers, the better it tastes!

Turmeric Chicken No Noodle Soup {AIP, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Nightshade-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free, Egg-Free, Whole 30}| cleaneatingveggiegirl.comPer usual, please serve this soup with plantain chips or sweet potato chips.  Crackers = not a necessity. <– though not gonna lie, I’d love an AIP cracker right about now.  The addition of diced avocado is also super fab, if I do say so myself.

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  • Liz @ The Clean Eating Couple January 14, 2016, 9:15 am
    This looks fantastic!! I've been trying to add turmeric to more of my recipes.. it's so good for you! Liz @ The Clean Eating Couple recently posted...What’s the Hype about Hemp?My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 14, 2016, 12:26 pm
      It is!! I have been adding it to just about anything and everything that doesn't seem too totally crazy. It turns out it works great in soup!
  • Rachel @LittleChefBigAppetite January 14, 2016, 10:22 am
    Oh my gosh, I LOVE turmeric - not many people know how good it is for you! Totally pinning this to make ASAP! Rachel @LittleChefBigAppetite recently posted...Sesame Glazed Chicken DrumsticksMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 14, 2016, 12:26 pm
      Thank you so much, Rachel! I'm glad to find another turmeric obsessee :D
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul January 14, 2016, 1:28 pm
    This sounds yummy! I love turmeric!!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 14, 2016, 2:34 pm
      Yay! I love finding other turmeric lovers out there. Who knew it could be so awesome? :)
  • Ally @OmNomAlly January 14, 2016, 3:45 pm
    Turmeric seems like an obvious ingredient to me :) It's one of thos spices that I chuck into all kinds of thrown-together meals for added nutrition and I love how everything comes out with that distinctive golden hue! Sorry to hear that you can't enjoy lots of other herbs or spices at the moment, but glad you're enjoying this anti-inflammatory superfood in delicious recipes like this chicken soup! Ally @OmNomAlly recently posted...Homemade Restless Leg Spray + How To Make Magnesium OilMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 14, 2016, 4:02 pm
      Isn't turmeric amazing? I love that you use it frequently too! It totally gives it a super pretty color, don't you think? :)
  • Joyce January 17, 2016, 11:35 am
    Turmeric is so healthy. I remember when I was a kid, my friend did a science project with it in school--she actually got had all these pictures of petri dishes and the cancer cells diminishing in response to the turmeric. So cool! Also love the idea of doing a chicken soup and just leaving out the noodles--I, too, have to deal with food intolerances. Joyce recently posted...Re-Introducing Onion & GarlicMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 17, 2016, 3:05 pm
      What a cool project with such amazing results! Further support for how awesome turmeric is :)
  • Melissa May 13, 2016, 9:21 am
    This looks so good that I am planning on making this tonight! One suggestion I have is that you add black pepper to this recipe. In order for your body to receive all the benefits from turmeric, you need to have it with black pepper. The piperine in black pepper improves curcurmin (component in turmeric that is anti inflammatory) bio-availability by 2000%! So don't skip this part!! Thank you so much!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 13, 2016, 11:59 am
      Thank you so much for that recommendation. I did not realize that! I think at the time I made this recipe I was following a pretty strict AIP Paleo diet, which prohibits black pepper. But I'll have to keep that in mind moving forward. I hope you love it!
      • Mary January 16, 2017, 11:22 am
        Since black pepper is not a nightshade, is there another reason to not include black pepper on AIP diet? I had also read it helps your body use the Tumeric.
        • ClnEatingVegGrl January 16, 2017, 12:23 pm
          I have read that as well, but excluded it in this recipe because it is technically not considered AIP. While it is not a nightshade, it is a berry/fruit that is recommended to be excluded initially. It can, however, be reintroduced if it does not negatively affect you. Here is a bit more info: https://www.thepaleomom.com/spices-on-autoimmune-protocol/ I hope this helps!
  • KG August 9, 2016, 1:21 pm
    As someone who is starting the daunting process of figuring out exactly what my body is telling me it needs and wants for healthier body function, this soup sounds the perfect way to start. I know my body is intolerant to certain foods but my doctor and allergist do not believe me. I'll figure this out myself with the help of recipes like this one. I'm making it right now as I type. Thank you ??
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 9, 2016, 1:55 pm
      I hope you enjoy the soup, and I wish you the best of luck on your journey! If you are able to, you might try finding a functional medicine practitioner in your area that can assist you. It can be overwhelming going at it on your own!
  • Andrea September 11, 2016, 6:53 pm
    Do you think this would work in a crockpot?
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 11, 2016, 7:04 pm
      I don't see why not! Please let me know if you try it out!
  • Angelica October 3, 2016, 11:34 am
    Hey I don't have InstaPot. Any suggestions on how to prepare with only the use of a stove?
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 3, 2016, 1:05 pm
      If I am only using my stove, I generally just fry them or cook them in a grill pan. You might just want to google how to boil them, as I'm sure the timing would vary.
  • Kate October 9, 2016, 5:31 pm
    I made this! I thought it was pretty good but I found it a little bland. Adding lemon juice seemed to liven it up a bit!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 10, 2016, 8:04 am
      I like the way you think! I have done the same thing the past couple of times that I made this. I need to get the recipe updated!
    • Kathy December 11, 2016, 11:58 pm
      Hi, I'm going to try this tomorrow since I have all the ingredients. I love the idea of adding lemon juice. How much do you add, generally? I realize it will probably be to an individual's taste. I'm just looking for a ballpark... maybe juice of 1 lemon? Thanks!
  • Bethany December 2, 2016, 12:06 pm
    I through all the ingredients into my crockpot on low for 8 hours and it turned out fantastic!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 2, 2016, 1:14 pm
      Yay! I'm so glad it worked well in the slow cooker!
  • Jessica January 23, 2017, 2:38 pm
    I LOVE THIS SOUP! I've been trying to find good healthy soup that doesn't contain a lot of carbs. This is the perfect comfort food. I used a rotisserie chicken from whole foods (cheated) and my house smelled amazing when it was cooking. THANK YOU!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 3, 2017, 8:11 pm
      Thank you for sharing, Jessica! I need to do the rotisserie chicken method because sometimes I am just downright lazy ;)
    • April October 19, 2018, 8:13 pm
      Thank you! I am always so tired after work. Using a rotisserie chicken will make this much faster! Making this weekend!
  • Keely April 9, 2017, 2:28 pm
    What are the nutritional facts? I can figure it out if you don't have them :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 10, 2017, 8:37 am
      Sorry, but I do not track calories or macros so I do not include nutritional facts for my recipes.
  • Christina May 3, 2017, 8:20 pm
    I've made this soup twice now and I LOVE it. I also think it would be a great soup to have post-partum. I'm wondering how it freezes? Would some of the veggies get kind of mushy? Any thoughts on how to freeze it well?
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 4, 2017, 8:39 am
      I have frozen it before and I always think it thaws and reheats well!
  • Cheryl March 4, 2018, 8:20 pm
    This looks amazing! Can't wait to try it next week but I will probably add some sweet potato glass noodles.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 5, 2018, 8:26 am
      That sounds like a delicious addition. I hope you love it!
      • Cheryl March 5, 2018, 11:47 am
        I love soups and stews. This one looks amazing and so healthy. Thanks to all of you amazing cooks out there who share with the rest of us who aren't so creative. I love a good recipe.
        • ClnEatingVegGrl March 5, 2018, 11:51 am
          And thank you for trying my recipes. I so appreciate it!
  • Sarah June 3, 2018, 11:17 pm
    Excellent recipe! I've been wanting to try using turmeric, and this is definitely going on rotation. We added black pepper and a little bit of cayenne. I think next time I'm gonna add a bay leaf...
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 19, 2018, 7:51 am
      I'm glad you loved it! Yes, the black pepper addition is great when cooking with turmeric!
  • Whitney C. October 14, 2018, 2:59 pm
    I typically do not post reviews on recipes, but this deserves it. I was complaining of how long I was in the kitchen chopping and prepping, yet it was well worth it. I may have went a little heavy on the sea salt...but that just made it even yummier!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 26, 2018, 10:32 am
      The chopping is definitely the worst part! I'm glad you love it :)
  • Celmira October 17, 2018, 11:23 am
    Just made this delicious soup minus the carrots. Made enough to last two days. Thanks
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 26, 2018, 10:31 am
      I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
  • Aditya Swarup January 10, 2023, 4:29 am
    The turmeric chicken no noodle soup recipe from Clean Eating Veggie Girl looks like the perfect comfort food for a cold winter day. The turmeric powder adds a nice warm spice to the soup and I'm sure it's packed with health benefits. Can't wait to try it out!

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