Rachel’s Autumn Defender/Winter Warrior Chicken Soup

I start making this soup every year when the temps start to drop, and make sure we have it at least a couple times a week until spring comes around. I recommend cooking a big batch and freezing half in 1-serving size containers for convenience. It also makes a great breakfast! It’s super easy to make- get a big crockpot or slow cooker, add all the ingredients, cover it with water (I usually fill my crockpot to the top as I like brothy soups), turn it on, go about your day, and come back to yummy homemade immune-boosting soup! All of the ingredients are immune-boosters and also taste delicious together. I’ve found it’s best to layer the foods with meats on bottom (drizzle a small amount of oil in first), then potatoes/onions/carrots, then the leafy greens on top. Whenever possible use organic ingredients. I cook it on High for 3-5 hours or Low for 5-8 hours. It’s impossible to mess this soup up! If you’re feeling adventurous, top it with fresh avocado before serving.


  • Chicken (2-4 breasts or 4-8 thighs. I do boneless/skinless but whatever makes you happy J No need to chop it up; it will be easy to pull apart with a fork)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 big carrots, chopped
  • 1-3 lg. stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 pack mushrooms of choice (I like white button but up to you! Chop, slice, quarter them, whatever J)
  • ~1” chunk fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • a few cloves garlic, diced
  • Add 1 item from Group A
  • Add 1 item from Group B
  • Add 1 or both items from Group C
  • Salt/Pepper to taste, a bay leaf or two
Group AGroup BGroup COptional
1 sweet potato, chopped to bite size chunks1-5 large kale leaves, ribs removed, either sliced thinly or ripped to bite size chunks1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped1 can drained/rinsed beans (navy beans, cannellini beans, pinto beans, chick peas…)
Handful new/red potatoes, halved or quartered“…” w/ swiss chard leaves1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped1 can drained diced (or any style) tomatoes
2 parsnips, chopped“…” w/ collard greens1-3 dried smoked chipotle peppers (note: remove before serving)
Extra carrotsA few handfuls of spinach (note: add at end/before serving or they will completely break down)1 cup cooked whole grain (rice, barley, quinoa, etc.), added at the end before serving

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