Umami Recipes
Umami Recipes

James Family Cookbook

Ginger Chicken Soup Recipe with Turmeric

6 servings


15 minutes

active time

1 hour 5 minutes

total time


2 tablespoons butter or olive oil

1 small onion (diced)

3 stalks of celery (diced)

3 cloves of garlic (minced)

1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger

2 medium sweet potatoes (about 1 pound) (cut into 1-inch cubes)

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast

5 cups chicken broth or bone broth

1 teaspoon fresh thyme (chopped)

½ teaspoon coarse sea salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

1 bay leaf

2 teaspoons ground turmeric

1 cup full-fat coconut milk

1 head lacinato kale (de-stemmed and roughly chopped)

2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 lemon)


Melt the butter in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Once the butter is melted, add the chicken. Cook for 3-5 minutes per side until browned, then remove from the pan and set aside.

Add the onion and celery to the pot and cook for 5-7 minutes, until both are browned and the onion is translucent, then add the garlic and ginger and saute for about 1 minute, until fragrant.

Return the chicken to the pot along with the sweet potatoes, then stir in the chicken broth, thyme, salt, pepper, bay leaf, and turmeric.

Cover and simmer over medium-low heat for 30-40 minutes, until the chicken can be easily pulled apart with a fork.

Pull the chicken from the pot and shred with two forks or with the paddle attachment of a stand mixer. Add the chicken back to the pot then stir in the coconut milk and kale. Cook for 2-3 minutes until kale is fully wilted.

Add the lemon juice and then taste the soup for seasoning, adding additional salt and pepper if needed. Spoon into individual bowls and serve!


Serving Size



402 kcal

Total Fat

16.9 g

Saturated Fat

8.7 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat



110.3 mg


336.7 mg

Total Carbohydrate

23.5 g

Dietary Fiber

3.7 g

Total Sugars

5 g


40.2 g

6 servings


15 minutes

active time

1 hour 5 minutes

total time
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