I bet you didn’t know that potatoes can relieve some inflammation in your joints are they are good for constipation…
Everyone always assumes that I grew up in a foodie home. Ummmmmm… not so much. I can’t even begin to tell you the amount of frozen food I ate as a child. I remember frozen chicken pot pies. The ones that were tiny little frozen rocks with a thick crust and a gummy filling. As a kid, I think I must have thought they were good. But as an adult, I can’t even imagine eating one now. But a good pot pie… well, that’s a great thing. Enter this amazing paleo chicken pot pie soup.
I found the original recipe for this soup on a great blog called My Heart Beets. It’s a great recipe. I changed it up just a bit to make it a little more healing for Steve, who has a really obnoxious cold and cough that just keeps hanging on. But Ashley did an awesome job with this genius recipe.
We were on vacation in Mexico last week and it was so warm and beautiful. When we came home all I wanted was anti-Mexican food. I never thought I could have too much guacamole and too many margaritas, but it happened. So, this paleo chicken pot pie soup was just perfect!
This soup is creamy (but there’s no dairy) and rich and garlicky and healing. It’s just so comforting. And, it’s nothing like those frozen brick-like pot pies from my childhood.
This recipe is also super easy because it’s made with a rotisserie chicken. So, no excuses… come on, you’ve got to try it…
For another creamy and warm paleo dish, try my recipe for Creamy Lentil And Kale Stew.
The ingredients in this soup with heal you:
Chicken is something I push people to buy organic if possible. Organic chicken is a great, healthy protein to give you energy, lessen the pain of some types of arthritis, and boost your system when you are particularly weak — like after surgery or childbirth. People who have some conditions that we consider “excess heat” conditions should limit the amount of chicken they eat. So, if you have an illness that gives you a bright red tongue or severe dryness in your body, check with your doctor first. For example, if you have a lot of burning stomach acid, you should avoid chicken for awhile…
Garlic is amazing in its antiviral and antibacterial capabilities. Garlic is actually a Chinese herb (Da Suan). It’s used to kill toxins and parasites and also to reduce swelling in the body. It’s what I call a great “A” herb: anesthetic, antibacterial, anti fungal, antioxidant, antiviral, etc….
Scallions, as I tell you often, are one of my favorites. In Chinese medicine, the root of the scallion is a healing herb (Cong Bai). I always keep scallions on hand in my refrigerator so that I can whip up a batch of cold and flu fighting tea (scallion roots and ginger) the second anyone feels that scratchy throat coming on. It helps the body sweat out toxins. Scallions are antiviral and antibacterial; they are good for the common cold and general nasal congestion — just don’t eat too many if you have a fever.
Onions are great for your immune system; they are a natural antihistamine. Recently, I recommended that a patient with bronchitis put sliced raw onions in her socks when she went to sleep… she woke up so much better; they actually can rid the body of bacteria. (I know I’ve told you this before, but it really is awesome!) Onion is a superhero in the food world!
Potatoes are good at soothing ulcers and neutralizing acid in the stomach and they help relieve constipation. These tubers also can help relieve arthritic inflammation. So, even though sweet potatoes are thought of as the white potato’s more nutrition sister, regular old potatoes can be just what the doctor ordered.
Carrots help strengthen the organs in your body. They also are good for the eyes (this is their claim to fame) and they promote healthy digestion. Many moons ago, people used to make carrot tea to ward off measles and to prevent cancer. Carrots help detoxify the body and in today’s world of Chinese medicine, they are prescribed to ease constipation and tonsillitis.
Celery actually helps stop bleeding — so if you or anyone you know has just had surgery, start adding celery to your dishes! Celery is also great to help lower blood pressure and it’s been known to help with insomnia.
- 1 rotisserie chicken, skinned and shredded (preferably organic)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 8 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 Tbs grass-fed butter or ghee
- sea salt and black pepper
- 2 lb yellow potatoes (half of them peeled and roughly chopped; the other half cut into bite-size pieces)
- 2 cups chicken broth (I used bone broth)
- 3 large carrots, peeled and sliced
- 2 celery ribs, chopped
- 3 scallions, sliced
- 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tsp fresh sage, chopped
- 1 tsp dried dill (use fresh if you have it)
- Heat the butter in a large soup pot. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring, 3 minutes.
- Add the peeled, roughly chopped potatoes and the broth.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Simmer, covered, about 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer the potatoes and onions to a blender and set aside to cool slightly.
- Whiz them up until nice and creamy.
- Add the carrots and celery to the broth in the pot.
- Add the bite-sized potatoes.
- Add the contents of the blender.
- Simmer, covered, about 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
- Add the chicken, scallions, and herbs and cook another 5 minutes.
- Ladle into bowls.