Turmeric Chicken Soup To Boost Your Immune System

Published on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 | Category: Recipes


Packed with carrots, bone broth, kale and parsnips, this wholesome turmeric chicken soup is a powerhouse meal that boosts your immunity. And the best part? It’s one of those Sri Lankan chicken recipes that are very easy and quick to prepare! And let’s face it – there is nothing more gratifying for a sore throat than a hearty bowl of warm chicken soup. A lot of people find preparing and having chicken soup for days on an end to be therapeutic and we’re totally on that too. The homely familiarity, the warmth of the scent and flavour and the fact that it can fill your tummy up makes it one of the best things in life.

So if you’re the sort of person that craves for a big bowl of chicken soup during chilly days, you would love this recipe which is one of the best chicken recipes in Sri Lanka out there. Classic chicken soup with some great bursts of flavours and nutrients is just what you need to make your day better.

This particular recipe calls for turmeric and to balance out the sting of turmeric and ginger, coconut milk is added, so you’re left with a creamy and gratifying bowl of superfood. Furthermore, it’s a powerful healing recipe for getting rid of colds and it’s a great recipe to have up your arsenal if you want to stay on top of your immunity game.

If you’re unaware of the benefits of turmeric, here’s why you need to know why it’s so amazing:

  • Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and is great for people with arthritis, autoimmunity or anyone looking to heal from something.
  • It’s packed with antioxidants that help in preventing diseases, fighting cancer and slowing down the process of aging.
  • Helps to boost levels of your brain hormone (BDNF). This can prevent and reverse brain-related ailments such as depression and Alzheimer’s.
  • It can lower the risk of heart diseases by enhancing the function of the endothelium which is the lining of the blood vessels.

Note: With the benefits of turmeric, you may opt to go liberal on it, but remember that the flavour is quite strong, so for this recipe, a teaspoon would do so you don’t end up with a soup that is overpowering in its turmeric flavour.

Prep time: 15 minutes + Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves 3-4 people


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ½ small onion, finely sliced
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 large parsnip, chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 lb boneless chicken, chopped
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 cups of chicken bone broth
  • ⅔ cups of thick coconut milk
  • 1 small head of kale, chopped
  • Method

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. To this, add the onions and saute well until it turns translucent. This should take about 5 to 7 minutes. Be sure to stir occasionally too.

Then, add in the parsnips, celery, carrot and garlic and continue to stir it until the vegetables are soft, but still al dente. This will take about 5 minutes.

Next, add in the chopped chicken and cook it just enough to brown the chicken. It shouldn’t take you more than 3 minutes. Then add in the remaining ingredients and stir it well. Cover the pot and allow it to simmer under gentle heat, stirring occasionally. You can cook it for half an hour but if you want the flavours to intensify, then keep it on gentle simmer for one hour. Check the seasoning and add salt as required.

Note: if you would like more vegetables in your chicken soup, feel free to add broccoli or cauliflower florets.

Serve it up with grilled bread, crackers or just as it is!