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Nourishing Turmeric No-Noodle Chicken Soup

January 21, 2015 (Updated on October 31, 2021)

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This nourishing turmeric no-noodle chicken soup is simple, warming and delicious.

Right now I’m craving something warm, nourishing, and hearty.

If you are too, this soup will fit the bill and will fill you up without weighing you down.

It’s perfect if you’re fighting a bit of a cold or feel like you need a little boost.

I like to make a double batch and freeze the leftovers for another day.

I’ve also found that my two-year-old loves sipping this soup out of a mug for dinner.

If you have a child who doesn’t like cooked greens, try serving their soup prior to adding the spinach or arugula.

This recipe lends itself well to variations, too.

Add more veggies if you like.

Sometimes I throw in a handful or two of frozen peas along with the spinach.

You can also add pre-cooked brown rice or pasta before serving if you prefer.

And, if you’re looking for a pressure cooker or crockpot version, check out this instant pot nourishing turmeric chicken soup recipe with slow cooker directions!

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Nourishing Turmeric No-Noodle Chicken Soup

This nourishing turmeric no-noodle chicken soup is simple, warming, and delicious.


  • 2 small or 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt divided
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 large carrots chopped
  • 3-4 celery stalks chopped
  • 32 oz chicken stock organic recommended, look for a brand free of sugar and preservatives
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts or 6 thighs
  • 2.5 oz about two large handfuls spinach or arugula
  • A few sprigs of parsley or green onions chopped for garnish (optional)


  • Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot or dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Sautee for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid burning.
  • Add the turmeric and garlic. Stir to combine.
  • Add the carrots and celery. Sautee for an additional 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the chicken stock and chicken breasts or thighs. Cover, increase the heat to high, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes.
  • Uncover and remove the chicken to a cutting board. Shred or dice into small pieces. Return the chicken to the pot.
  • Add the arugula or spinach, stirring to wilt.
  • Serve hot, garnished with parsley or green onion.


This soup freezes well. Feel free to double the recipe so you’ll have leftovers for later.
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12 comments to " Nourishing Turmeric No-Noodle Chicken Soup "

  • Kaylin Elizabeth Berry

    Scoured tons of chicken/turmeric soup recipes and this was the one I chose to make for dinner tonight – glad I did! Used a little extra garlic and added fresh lemon juice, red pepper flakes, and barley at the end. Thanks so much for the great recipe!

    • Robyn Downs

      Kaylin, so glad you found the recipe! I love the idea of adding garlic, lemon juice, and red pepper. Barley also sounds lovely. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Sydney B

    This was perfection!

  • Danielle

    How many servings is this? Thanks!

  • Annie

    Made this last night with homemade chicken stock, adding a bit more turmeric and a good amount of cayenne pepper. The soup tasted very good, but the chicken was pretty rubbery. I would cook the chicken for less time or pre-cook it then add to the broth for flavor.

  • Ollie

    Lovely. Thanks very much Robyn

    • Robyn Downs

      So glad you enjoyed this one Ollie!

    • Coco

      5 stars
      So easy. So delicious. My husband has a generic sort of cold/cough, so I wanted to make a tasty, aromatic chicken soup for him. And…I wanted a recipe with turmeric. This soup recipe was just perfect. I used thighs because they are more flavorful and husband likes dark meat better. Added fresh spinach at the end. He enjoyed thoroughly and a wonderful benefit…his nasty cough is tamed for a while!!

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