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Chicken Noodle Soup (Grain Free, Paleo, Primal, Gaps, Gluten Free)

by Deliciously Organic on November 1, 2012

Chicken Noodle Soup via DeliciouslyOrganic.net #paleo

Like most people, I’ve watched the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy with a heavy heart. Many people have no power or water or have lost their homes and are trying to pick up the pieces. You may be reading this while eating lunch out of a can and wondering whether life will get back to normal soon.

I watched all of the tweets coming in on Monday and was heartened to see so many people sharing, cooking together and helping one another. Shauna said it best, “My Twitter feed makes me notice once again: in times of essential crisis, we cook, we bake, we gather at the table.”

A bowl of chicken soup is comfort and nourishment. Nothing fancy. Just simple, whole ingredients. I use kelp noodles in this soup (a new favorite*) but if you can tolerate grains, rice noodles would be a nice substitution.

Chicken Noodle Soup (Grain Free, Paleo, Primal, Gaps, Gluten Free)

Serving Size: Serves 6

Chicken Noodle Soup (Grain Free, Paleo, Primal, Gaps, Gluten Free)

Adapted from Ina Garten

Ingredients

Instructions

Pour chicken stock into a large pot and bring to a simmer. Add chicken breasts, celery, carrots and noodles and cook for about 20 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Using a pair of tongs, remove chicken from the soup and cut into bite-size pieces. Add chicken back to pot. Season soup with sea salt if needed. To serve, ladle into bowls and garnish with green onion.

*Kelp noodles are made from from sea kelp. “They are high in minerals and low in calories. Their unique texture is perfect in salad with thinly sliced vegetables. Served hot in broth, they lose their pleasant crunch, but soften and absorb flavors well.” - Gold Mine Natural Foods. I’ve used them to make crunchy Asian salads, Pad Thai and added them to soups. They can usually be found in the refrigerated section at the health food store or you can also purchase them on Amazon. After testing a couple brands, I prefer Gold Mine Naturals.

**If using rice noodles, add them to the pot after you've removed the cooked chicken. Cook the noodles in the broth mixture until al dente (according to package directions), then add chopped chicken back to the pot. Omit for Paleo, Gaps or Grain Free diets.

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Julie Stewart November 1, 2012 at 9:35 am

Can you tell me what the taste is on the kelp noodles? I would live to try them, I’m just not sure if my family would like it!

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Deliciously Organic November 1, 2012 at 9:43 am

In this soup they have no flavor, they just taste like plain rice noodles. When they are raw, they have a very slight salty flavor and have a bit of a crunch. Another interesting thing is that they soften really well in chicken stock, but not when they are simply boiled in water. It must be some type of chemical reaction, so if you want them soft, make sure and cook them in chicken stock!

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Cara November 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I love kelp noodles but have yet to try them in soup. Don’t know what I’m waiting for! This sounds delish.

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Brittany November 1, 2012 at 6:22 pm

This looks great! I was just planning my meals for the week and was looking for a great soup to make. Carrie, I really appreciate your recipes. I have suffered from inflammation and chronic headaches and have now been grain free for 11 days now and feeling great..not a single headache!, I have made nearly all your recipes and they have sustained me thus far. My favorite is your banana bread! I’m a fellow military pilot wife out in Altus, OK and shopping for wholesome ingredients has been super challenging but this recipe looks pretty low maintenance! Thanks again.

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Deliciously Organic November 2, 2012 at 7:39 am

I’m thrilled to hear that your migraines are subsiding. Wow!! And fun to “meet” a fellow military pilot wife. :) I totally understand the challenge of shopping for wholesome ingredients….we live at Edwards. Amazon and AzureStandard have become a huge resource for me! Keep up the good work and I can’t wait to hear how you feel as time goes on!

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Bvira.com November 2, 2012 at 5:24 am

Great recipe! I love the pictures- they’re so vibrant.

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Deliciously Organic November 2, 2012 at 7:37 am

Thank you!

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HeatherChristo November 2, 2012 at 8:59 am

This looks lovely Carrie!

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Scarlet November 2, 2012 at 9:00 am

I love cilantro flavor with chicken. Sounds delicious. I stumbled.

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Christy November 2, 2012 at 10:00 am

I’ve never even heard of kelp noodles! I’ve been trying to figure out how to get a little more iodine into my kids who don’t like seafood or seasnax. I bet these would be great :) I hope you post your other recipes for using them when you have time, I’d love to have more!

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Deliciously Organic November 3, 2012 at 9:02 am

I think your kids will like them! I’ve put them in some chicken stock and eaten it plain. It’s kind of like a healthy version of ramen. :)

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Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} November 2, 2012 at 11:44 am

I’d love to try kelp noodles. I’ll add this one to my “make soon” list!!

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Becca C November 3, 2012 at 8:42 am

Have you tried the Miracle Noodles? I could not stand them at all. Do the kelp noodles have a taste/texture like them? I really want to try this!

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Deliciously Organic November 3, 2012 at 9:01 am

I’ve never heard of miracle noodles. In this soup the noodles have no flavor, they just taste like plain rice noodles. When they are raw, they have a very slight salty flavor and have a bit of a crunch. Another interesting thing is that they soften really well in chicken stock, but not when they are simply boiled in water. It must be some type of chemical reaction, so if you want them soft, make sure and cook them in chicken stock!

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Becca C November 3, 2012 at 9:05 am

Thanks! I’m adding them to my wish list. :)

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Pam Gammill November 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I noticed you use the kelp noodles in Pad Thai. Do you have a good recipe for it you could share? My husband loves Pad Thai, but I have had trouble finding a good, healthy recipe for it.

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Deliciously Organic November 5, 2012 at 7:55 am

I use the recipe from Cook’s Illustrated. It’s amazing!

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The Healthy Apple November 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Yes please. I want this right now. Getting cold here in NYC and I’m going to make this next week. Love i!

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Rahul November 5, 2012 at 2:48 am

Lovely recipe.

Rahul

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Annie December 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Made this today and it is delicious! Very easy too! Your recipes are amazing…..this website has made our organic switch so pleasant!

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Crystal January 7, 2013 at 8:19 pm

I am researching the Paleo diet to see if its something I can commit to, and I thought rice was a no-no. Are these rice noodles somehow different than actual rice that makes it ok? Thank you!

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Deliciously Organic January 9, 2013 at 8:50 am

Rice is not recommended on the Paleo diet. These noodles in this soup are kelp noodles. I also gave a reference for rice noodles in case someone who is simply gluten free wanted an option beyond the kelp noodles.

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Rachael January 16, 2013 at 7:36 am

If I’m making my stock before I make this, would it work to use the chicken from the stock, or is there a benefit to saving that chicken and using the raw breasts to follow this recipe?

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Deliciously Organic January 16, 2013 at 7:51 am

Using the meat from the chicken stock is a great idea! I would remove the meat about 3 hours after you start making the stock. This way the meat won’t get too dry.

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