This delicious recipe is low-carb, paleo-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, and, most importantly — detoxifying.
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With a blend of fresh, nutrient-dense, and antioxidant-rich veggies, plus a hit of high-quality protein and some soothing bone broth, your body will be thanking you after this meal.
This detox soup is:
The main ingredients are:
- Bone broth
- Chicken thighs
Optional additional ingredients:
- Chicken broth (if you don’t have bone broth)
- Broccoli florets
Health Benefits of Chicken Detox Soup
The liver fortifying ingredients in this soup make it the perfect choice if you’re aiming to boost your body’s ability to detox. Some highlight ingredients include:
Garlic is a superfood ingredient that can be used for almost every health ailment out there. It’s been used for hundreds of years to treat a variety of conditions in cultures across the world.
Among its health benefits are its potent antioxidant activity, as well as antitumor, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, and blood sugar-regulating activities.
Garlic specifically protects your liver through its antioxidant activity. Research shows that garlic is hepatoprotective, fending off oxidative stress that could damage your liver[*].
Turmeric is a spice that’s been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Indian culture. This bright orange powder (coming from a root), is well-known for its anti-inflammatory activity and has also been studied for its role in combating oxidative stress.
Specifically, research shows that an active compound in turmeric called curcumin may reduce oxidative damage in your liver, and could be hepatoprotective in liver disease[*].
Onions are an incredibly rich source of the phytonutrient quercetin. Quercetin is a powerful antioxidant, but this compound can also upregulate the activity of immune cells in your liver. Most people overlook the importance of liver immunity when focusing on liver detox, but these two processes go hand in hand[*].
What’s more, some research even shows that quercetin may be protective against ethanol (alcohol) induced liver injury. Not to say, you should go out and drink your weight in booze, but if you accidentally overindulge, it may be an excellent time for some of this savory detox soup[*].
How to Make Detox Chicken Soup
This soup recipe calls for an Instant Pot, but a slow cooker or even a large pot over the stovetop will do the trick as well.
To begin, gather your ingredients and chop your veggies to prep.
Stress the “Saute + 10 minutes” on your Instant Pot, and add avocado oil to the bottom of the pot. Carefully place your chicken thighs in the bowl and brown them on both sides for 2-3 minutes.
Next, add in your chopped vegetables, bone broth, herbs, and spices, and close the valve. Turn your Instant Pot off and then back on by pressing “Manual +15 minutes.”
When the timer goes off, manually release the pressure and remove the lid. Gently shred the chicken thighs with two forks, and then stir in the lemon juice. Adjust the seasoning to your desired taste, and finish the soup with fresh herbs like cilantro, parsley, or basil.
Cooking Tips For Keto Detox Soup
While this particular blend of veggies is an excellent combo in terms of flavor and nutrition, but if you want to mix it up, feel free to add your favorites like leeks, bell pepper, zucchini, and cauliflower.
If you’re using a Crockpot, follow the same instructions. Just allow more time for the soup to thoroughly cook.
Feel free to add any herbs or spices that you like; some people enjoy a little fresh ginger for a kick.
If you want to make the shredding process more comfortable, go for boneless chicken thighs. You can also use chicken breast, but that will alter the ratio of fat in the recipe.
Instant Pot Detox Chicken Soup
Boost your immunity and detox your body with some nutrient-dense detox chicken soup. This is the perfect meal to kick start some inner “Spring cleaning.”
- Two tablespoons avocado oil
- 1 lb chicken thighs
- One onion (finely chopped)
- Three large celery stalks (sliced)
- One large carrot (peeled and sliced)
- 1 cup mushrooms (sliced)
- Ten cloves garlic (finely minced)
- 2 cups kale (roughly chopped)
- 4 cups chicken bone broth
- Two bay leaves
- One teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- One teaspoon fresh turmeric (finely minced)
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- Herbs to finish soup
- Press SAUTE +10 minutes on the Instant Pot. Add olive oil to the bottom of the Instant Pot. Carefully place chicken thighs in pot and brown on both sides for 2-3 minutes.
- Add remaining ingredients (except lemon juice) to the Instant Pot.
- Return lid and close valve. Turn Instant Pot OFF then back on by pressing MANUAL +15 minutes.
- When the timer goes off, manually release pressure and remove the lid. Stir in lemon juice and adjust seasoning if needed.
- Serve with fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro, or basil.
- Serving Size: 1 cup
- Calories: 220
- Fat: 14g
- Carbohydrates: 4g (Net: 3g)
- Fiber: 1g