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  • Liz Hoobchaak

Nourishing Chicken Turmeric Soup

Updated: Oct 23, 2022

When you live with an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), there is a certain level of anxiety that comes with not knowing when your body may experience a flareup of symptoms. Or when your body is too fatigued to make the nourishing food that it needs to get through that difficult period.

Take advantage of the good days when you feel well and have the energy to pre-make some meals for yourself. Having some healthy and soothing freezer-ready meals is important when living with an unpredictable condition.

One of the most nourishing foods that you can make ahead and freeze in individual portions is an easily digestible gut-friendly soup.

This nourishing chicken soup has only a few ingredients, has added immune boosting power from the garlic and red bell peppers and anti-inflammatory properties from a sprinkle of turmeric.


2 cups cooked and shredded chicken

5 stalks of celery, chopped

2 red bell peppers, chopped

2 cloves of garlic

4 cups chicken, bone or veggie broth

1/2 tsp fresh grated turmeric

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp salt


  1. Heat olive oil in a large ceramic pot on the stove on medium heat.

  2. Add the celery, red peppers and salt and sauté for 10 minutes until softened.

  3. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute.

  4. Add the broth and turmeric, cover the pot and simmer on medium for 20 minutes until the veggies are thoroughly cooked.

  5. Add the cooked chicken until warmed through and enjoy!

This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to allow you to freeze individual portions.

*Time-Saving Cooking Tip: Anytime I roast, grill or smoke chicken, I always make twice as much as I need. I will shred the leftover chicken to use in soups or later in the week.

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