Coconut Lemon Chicken Soup

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Coconut Lemon Chicken Soup, Quirky Cooking
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Whenever anyone in our family starts to come down with a cold, I get out the stock pot and make a great big batch of chicken stock so I can make lots of chicken soup! There’s nothing better than old-fashioned chicken soup when you’re feeling achy and miserable, in the throes of a bad cold. But when you get tired of ‘old-fashioned’ chicken soup, try this one for a change. This is my new favourite – it’s so delicious, and the fresh herbs and spices and chilli are great for colds, not to mention the thick, jellyish, golden stock. It’s a comforting remedy for colds, chills and sore throats. (Adapted from recipes in “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon.)

It really is true that a rich chicken broth – the famous Jewish penicillin – is a wonderful remedy for the flu.

“Science validates what our grandmothers knew. Rich homemade chicken broths help cure colds. Stock contains minerals in a form the body can absorb easily-not just calcium but also magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals. It contains the broken down material from cartilage and tendons–stuff like chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, now sold as expensive supplements for arthritis and joint pain.”

– Weston Price Foundation(see full article)


So get out your stock pot, and start cooking!

See this recipe for how to cook up the delicious and nutritious chicken broth for this soup: 

Bone Broths (Liquid Stocks)

If you don’t have time to make a slow-cooked broth, you can make a quick version in the Thermomix, while cooking a chicken on top in the Varoma (takes approx. one hour) – see my cookbook for that recipe.

Coconut Lemon Chicken Soup, Quirky Cooking

Photo credit: Arwen’s Thermo Pics

Coconut Lemon Chicken Soup
Serves 4
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  1. 2 inch fresh ginger
  2. 1 inch fresh turmeric
  3. 2-3 large clove garlic
  4. a handful of fresh coriander
  5. 2 spring onions, quartered
  6. 1 red chilli, seeds removed
  7. 1 litre home-made chicken broth
  8. 400g coconut milk (tinned or homemade)
  9. 30g fresh lemon juice
  10. 2 tsp coconut sugar
  11. 2 Tbspns fish sauce (optional)
  12. sea salt to taste
  13. 200-300g cooked chicken, leftover from making broth
  14. extra sliced spring onions and coriander for garnish (optional)
Thermomix Method
  1. Chop ginger, turmeric, garlic, coriander, spring onions and chilli in Thermomix bowl for 5 sec/speed 7. Remove half of the mixture to a small bowl and set aside. Leave remaining mixture in bowl.
  2. Add broth to bowl and cook for 10 mins/100C/speed 1. (If broth is already hot, just bring to the boil.)
  3. Add remaining ingredients except chicken, and cook 10 mins/100C/speed 1.
  4. Add cooked chicken and cook 2 mins/100C/reverse/speed soft.
  5. Add reserved herb mixture and stir through for a few seconds on reverse/speed soft.
  6. Pour into bowls, and garnish with extra spring onions and coriander if desired.
Stovetop Method
  1. Finely mince ginger, turmeric and garlic; finely chop coriander, spring onions and chilli; mix together in a bowl.
  2. Place half of the mixture into a large saucepan, add broth, and simmer for 10 mins.
  3. Add remaining ingredients except chicken, and simmer another 10 mins.
  4. Add cooked chicken and simmer until warmed through.
  5. Add remaining minced herbs, garlic, ginger, turmeric mixture, and stir through.
  6. Pour into bowls, and garnish with extra spring onions and coriander if desired.
  1. For a thicker soup: add shredded greens (kale, spinach, bok choy, etc) when adding the broth, and/or serve over rice or mung bean vermicelli.
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  1. Emily Eliot says:

    Thanks Jo this was loved tonight! So fresh and full of flavour!! Xx

  2. Lorie says:

    This soup was amazing I used pre made chicken stock but still delish

  3. Amanda McIntosh says:

    Do you think this would be ok made with beef broth?

  4. Louise says:

    I’m wondering, if I’m using chicken bone broth should I still use a litre or dilute as the flavour will be very strong if all bone broth?

  5. Sharon says:

    Would it be okay to use frah i.e uncooked chicken so it poaches in the soup?

  6. Danielle ryan says:

    Delicious!! I used leftover BBq chook from the shops and home made chicken stock.

  7. Carro says:

    Can this be made with “Broth of Life” bottles chicken broth concerntrate?

  8. Von says:

    Best soup! I’ve always used my mums chicken soup receipe when I was feeling sick or wanted something comforting, this is just amazing xx thanks for all your inspiring receipes, I love your life changing receipe book and use it so much. Having just changed alot of my diet for health reasons it’s so nice to still be able to enjoy so much delicious food.

    Will you be holding any seminars in adelaide this year?

  9. Wendy Strickland says:

    I just made this soup and can’t wait to eat it for our dinner. I even made your chicken broth to use. There are just a couple of points I found when making up the recipe. Firstly, with the reserved herbs it may be a good idea in Step 3 to add except chicken & reserved herbs and secondly there is no mention what to do with the chili. Should be be chopped in Step 1.

  10. Amy says:

    Hi Jo
    I have your Life Changing Food cook book and I’m making your chicken broth, just wondering where I can find the thermomix recipe so it’s done in an hour? House full of colds and flu!
    Love your books!

  11. Kate says:

    Made this for the first time after a friend linked me to it. Holy moly – delicious is an understatement! I made the broth and poached chicken first then the soup that evening. I’ll be making double batches in the future! Thank you.

  12. Sharon says:

    Wow, this was wonderful. We have all got the flu and feeling horrible and this soup just hit the spot.

    I have been on the keto diet and was thinking that the GAPS program may be what I am looking for. I have your first book, which is wonderful by the way.

    Will definitly be buying the second

  13. Toni says:

    I made the broth this afternoon and the soup tonight as Most members of our family have heavy colds and coughs.
    OMG I’m in heaven – it was a taste sensation!
    It will definitely be my new go to ‘sick’ soup.
    Thanks for another great recipe Jo.

  14. Leah says:

    Excellent recipe. I didn’t need the sugar or fish sauce. Thank you!

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  17. Hannah Barnett says:

    When and how do you put the chilli in?

  18. Sandy Barber says:

    Hi there. What kind of spring onions are used in this? I always think of spring onions as the long green ones but the fact that this recipe says ‘quartered’ makes me wonder if it means the small onions a bit like shallots?? I have the long green ones so can I substitute them? Thanks

  19. Tara says:

    Oh man, I’ve been wanting to make this soup for years and finally did tonight. This was soooo good and the one in the house with the manflu had seconds. I didn’t have time to make broth this time but I bought chicken bone broth from our local health food store. I cut up raw chicken breast into thin strips and added it into step 2. I also added green beans in the last 5-10 mins. I found this also really fun to make, with the beautiful smells and colours (does that sound weird?! I don’t care if it does haha). Safe to say this will become our new ‘chicken soup’. Thanks, Jo!

  20. Lara says:

    Absolutely love this dish! Thank you for sharing.

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  22. Casey says:

    Love this recipe Jo! Such a good one to have in the freezer!

  23. Libby says:

    A friend suggested I make this today as I have a head cold – oh my goodness, it’s soooooo delicious – THANK YOU!

  24. Janet says:

    Genius! The flavours, thanks Jo it’s our new fave!

    Do you know what the calories are for this soup?

    • QuirkyJo says:

      Awesome Janet, glad you like it! 🙂 No sorry, we don’t count calories here at QC. 😉 Maybe do a google search and see if you can find a calorie calculator to add it in to. xx

  25. Dinesh says:

    Thank you Jo this was loved tonight! So fresh and full of flavour!! Xx

  26. AliciA says:

    Made this last week when I was feeling quite unwell and it was the pick me up that I and my family needed!! Delish!!

  27. Tahlia says:

    It may just be me but sometimes a recipe has all of these fresh amazing flavours in it and once it’s cooked those flavours have disappeared… this soup packs a flavour punch and all of those fresh ingredients were shining through and it was delicious!!

  28. Wlo says:

    Sorry for a silly question but is spring onion the French eschalot or the long green ones? Many thanks.

  29. Judith Baker says:

    Well what a surprise just thought that sounds nice & thank you so much just a gorgeous taste .
    We really enjoyed this soup made in the thermomix

  30. Megan says:

    Made this for my daughter who had been under the weather, using coriander, spring onions, lemon and chilli all from the garden 🙂
    We added a packet of fresh thin rice noodles with the chicken at the end, and absolutely LOVED it, and I think it will be a regular winter staple in this household! Thanks so much for such a delicious and nutritious recipe!

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