This chicken soup recipe is full of healthy vegetables. A perfect cold and flu remedy to clear a blocked nose or sooth a sore throat, but also makes a great winter warmer at any time.


Makes 8 servings

  • 250 g skinless chicken breasts on the bone, fat trimmed
  • 4 medium leeks
  • 4-5 stalks celery (stalks and leaves) (about 5 medium stalks)
  • 1 large carrot
  • 125 g spinach
  • 6 small cloves of garlic
  • 1.5 L chicken stock
  • 1 bunch parsley (30 g)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Dice the leeks, carrots and celery
  • Finely chop the parsley and spinach
  • Peel the garlic
  • Add chicken stock, chicken breasts and vegetables to a large sauce pan
  • Boil for about 1 hour or until the chicken falls away from the bone
  • When the soup is cool remove the chicken and bones. Discard the bones. Shred the chicken.
  • If you want a smooth soup, blend quickly before mixing the shredded chicken meat back into the soup mixture
  • Serve hot with toast

Preparation time:
30 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
Difficulty rating: Easy


  • Suitable for babies aged 8 months and older who can tolerate (and benefit from!) a few soft lumps in their food.
  • Double the quantities in this recipe to make a large batch. You can store some portions in the freezer for a quick, healthy microwave meal.
  • You can add any herb you like to this recipe. Thyme and rosemary also give a nice flavour.
  • For babies and young children, this soup will be easier to eat if it is a bit thicker. Add less chicken stock. Leave a few lumps in the soup as this will help develop babies chewing muscles when s/he eats.

Nutritional content

Nutritional analysis per 300 g serve:

Energy 301 kJ
72 cal
Protein 9.24 g
Total fat 1.53 g
Saturated fat 0.40 g
Carbohydrates 4.17 g
Total sugars 2.54 g
Fibre 2.84 g
Sodium 809.98 mg
Cholesterol 18.44 mg
Potassium 470.69 mg
Calcium 65.19 mg
Iron 1.44 mg
Zinc 0.60 mg

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  2. Australian Food, Supplement and Nutrient Database (AUSNUT) 2007 [online]. Barton, ACT: Food Standards Australia & New Zealand; 2007 [cited 27 April 2012]. Available from: [URL link]

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