Simple Supper Friday: Carrot Ginger Chicken Soup

Carrot ginger chicken soup.

I formerly made this soup when I was a vegetarian, which I adapted from a Vitamix recipe. Now that I eat meat, I decided to revamp it with some animal protein. I used to make it with chickpeas, but as you know, I don’t eat beans anymore. This soup tastes delicious all by itself too, but I like one-dish meals and didn’t want to opt for my protein on the side. Plus, I love me a hearty bowl of soup!


  • 2 Tbsp grass-fed butter, ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 lb carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 navel orange, peeled and separated into slices
  • 1/4 inch piece of orange peel
  • 1 lb cooked & shredded boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 4 cups chicken broth, preferably homemade
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 cups chopped kale

The veggies can be chopped into larger pieces because the blender will take care of it.
The soup, whirling in the Vitamix.
The soup, whirling in the Vitamix.

  1. In a large skillet or soup pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the carrots, onions and ginger. Saute for 5-7 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  2. Add two cups of broth to the mixture and let simmer until carrots are soft.
  3. Add the orange slices, orange peel and cooked vegetable mixture to the blender. Blend for 30-60 seconds. Add remaining broth and blend again.
  4. Pour soup back into the pot over low heat. Add the cayenne, coriander, shredded chicken and kale. Season with more sea salt and pepper if needed and desired.
  5. Once the kale has softened down after a few minutes, the soup is ready.

Yep, that's green grass in the background. Don't be fooled though ... it's still cold here!




17 thoughts on “Simple Supper Friday: Carrot Ginger Chicken Soup

  1. Primal Smoke January 4, 2013 / 7:45 am

    This looks great! I might try making it without the orange this weekend.

    • paleoinpdx January 4, 2013 / 8:40 am

      Thanks! I’ve never made it without the orange, but I’m sure it’ll still taste great. You might have to toy with the seasonings a little more. The orange isn’t overpowering in the soup at all if you’re concerned about that. The original recipe from my Vitamix book actually uses 3 oranges, but I always stick with one because I think that’s too much.

      • Primal Smoke January 4, 2013 / 10:12 am

        I am sure the orange makes it taste fantastic, but I am still sugar detoxing 😦

      • paleoinpdx January 4, 2013 / 10:22 am

        Ah, gotcha. That makes sense then.

  2. Healthy A-Z January 4, 2013 / 8:25 am

    This sounds delicious! Love the flavors combination!

    • paleoinpdx January 4, 2013 / 8:41 am

      Thanks! It’s a refreshing flavor combination, indeed.

  3. Cinnamoneats January 4, 2013 / 10:24 am

    Sounds tasty! Must give this a go 🙂 Thanks for another great recipe!

  4. sambangs January 5, 2013 / 11:04 am

    This looks delish! As I’m battling some kind of sickness right now, I’m on the hunt for good soup 🙂

    • paleoinpdx January 5, 2013 / 11:23 am

      Hope you feel better! The soup will help 😉

  5. Cristal January 10, 2013 / 6:30 am

    First Paleo recipe I’ve found that uses my handy dandy Vita-Mix (for more than something minimal)! Thank you! Can’t wait to try it!!

    • paleoinpdx January 10, 2013 / 9:21 am

      Yep, the Vitamix does all the work! They really are a miracle, aren’t they? I hope you like it 😉

  6. emilyattipsonhealthyliving January 15, 2013 / 12:04 am

    This looks really wonderful! I’m going to use my immersion blender–the Vitamix is on my wish list. I’m loving soup recipes in January, thank you!

    • paleoinpdx January 15, 2013 / 9:36 am

      Thanks! I’m sure it’ll work just fine with your immersion blender. Hope you like it!

  7. fayrene July 3, 2013 / 5:30 pm

    Enjoyed it quite a lot, simple recipe easy preparation – excellent texture and very smooth – delightful.

    • paleoinpdx July 4, 2013 / 10:42 am

      Great! Thanks for giving it a try! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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