Loaded with nutrient-dense ingredients, this Chicken Sweet Potato Soup boosts immunity and supports overall health. It’s easy to make, tastes even better the next day, and can be frozen as part of your food prep for balanced meals on busy days.
Real food means real wellness. Let’s take a look at the benefits of this recipe, of the ingredients used, and of inviting your kids to help you cook this yummy soup!
What our family loves about this recipe
In our family, we love the sweet warmth from the combination of sweet potatoes and tasty spices — grain-free comfort food with a healthy twist. The melding of aromas and colors draws my kids right to their bowls.
The sweet potatoes add a rich heartiness that makes this soup satisfying for small and big eaters, and the flavor of the broth entices us to slurp up every last drop.
Part of the ease of this soup is the use of cooked chicken. It gives you a little freedom to choose your favorite cooking method, use up leftover meat, or prepare it ahead.
Here are a few options for pre-cooking the chicken:
- Use an Instant Pot to cook the thighs with ½ a cup of water, 1 tsp of sea salt, and 1 tsp ground garlic for 25 minutes on manual with high pressure.
- Use your slow cooker, for a set-it-and-forget-it method. Season and set on low for 6 hours.
- Bake the chicken in the oven at 425ºF. Brushed with melted butter or avocado oil, season, and bake for about 25 minutes (or until chicken reaches an internal temp of 165ºF).
- Use a rotisserie chicken.
- Cook the chicken in the soup! Add it along with the broth, bring to a boil, and simmer for 15 minutes (or until cooked through). Remove the chicken from the soup, shred, and place back in the pot.
My boys love being able to add their own toppings, or garnishes, to finish off this Chicken Sweet Potato Soup. They get to decide which toppings, and how much, to make it their own.
What I love as a nutritionist (and a mom) is knowing that my family will be well nourished with a variety of real food ingredients from this delicious meal.
Nutrient density and nutrition benefits
As part of an overall healthy diet, the ingredients in this soup boost wellness, AND support you during times of illness, such as the cold or flu.
The base ingredients in this flavorful soup have many health benefits.
- Red onion: rich in vitamin C, B vitamins, and antioxidants — onions are powerful alliums that can help your body fight harmful bacteria!
- Garlic: loaded with antioxidants, and may reduce blood pressure!
- Celery: despite its low calorie count, celery is a rich source of phytonutrients — shown to reduce inflammation!
- Red bell pepper: a great source of vitamin C. Did you know vitamin C helps with iron absorption? It also contains vitamin B6 and folate (all helpful in preventing anemia)!
- Sweet potato: full of beta-carotene (a precursor to vitamin A, important for healthy mucous membranes), and a good source of fiber!
- Kale: this cruciferous vegetable is one of the most nutrient-dense foods — full of quercetin (a heart protective, anti-viral, and immune boosting flavonoid), vitamin C, and vitamin K1 (key for blood clotting)!
- Chicken: a complete source of protein (key for immune function)!
- Bone broth: beneficial for gut healing and digestive health, joint mobility, skin, hair, and nail growth, and even sleep!
- Tomatoes: good source of vitamin C, potassium, and the antioxidant lycopene (good for your heart).
The spices in this Chicken Sweet Potato Soup recipe are beautiful, warm, and add a touch of zip AND health to this meal.
- Turmeric: the beautiful yellow spice (used for thousands of years for medicinal properties) has powerful anti-inflammatory effects.
- Ginger: brings a little heat, is anti-inflammatory, and provides digestive benefits.
- Paprika: this dried pepper spice may help control blood sugar and support eye health.
- Sea salt: an important source of trace minerals, electrolytes, and helpful for hydration.
- Black pepper: contains a compound called piperine that helps with turmeric absorption!
Add toppings to your chicken sweet potato soup
Toppings add extra flavor — not that this soup needs it! These flavorful garnishes also add texture, like the crunch of cashews, and extra nutrition.
- Cilantro: anti-epileptic, anti-depressant, and anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Green onions: also known as scallions, a good source of vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, and fiber — boosting immunity, bone health, and may block some types of cancer growth.
- Radish: along with micronutrient offerings, radishes have antifungal properties!
- Raw cashews: rich in zinc, magnesium, heart healthy fats, and proteins.
- Avocado: contains more potassium than bananas, monounsaturated fats, and beneficial fiber.
Kids can help!
Encourage your kids to help you make this easy soup.
Whether you are cooking with toddlers or teens, there are age-appropriate tasks that children can do, and when they are involved, they’ll be that much more interested in enjoying a bowl of when it’s time to serve — a helpful technique if you have picky eaters!
Younger kids can help you gather ingredients, wash produce, carefully add pre-measured ingredients, and gently stir the pot with assistance.
Older kids can read the recipe through, peel and chop produce, measure ingredients, and add them to the pot.
Learning kitchen safety
This Chicken Sweet Potato Soup recipe offers plenty of opportunities to practice kitchen safety with your kids.
Proper hand washing, sharp knife skills, and stove safety are all important parts of this recipe and can be used for teaching depending on what your kids are developmentally ready for.
Contributing to the family meal
When kids cook real food it gives them a sense of accomplishment. They love feeling like they contributed to the family meal, and as a parent, it’s nice to know that they are developing important skills for life. It’s a win-win.
Making soup is actually pretty easy.~ My twelve-year-old son
If you are looking for other soup recipes, try these:Print
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 3 ribs celery, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 1 ½ lbs sweet potato, peeled and chopped in bite-sized pieces
- 2 bunch kale, stems removed, leaves roughly chopped
- 2 – 2 ½ lbs cooked chicken thighs, shredded
- 6 cups chicken bone broth
- 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
Optional toppings: diced avocado, sliced radish, chopped cilantro, raw cashews, green onions
- Add coconut oil to a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Once oil is melted add onion, celery, and garlic. Saute for 3 minutes until onions start to soften.
- Add red pepper and sweet potato. Stir well and saute veggies for 3 more minutes.
- Add paprika, turmeric, ginger, salt, and ground pepper. Stir to combine.
- Pour in broth and diced tomatoes to the pot. Bring to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes, or until sweet potatoes can easily be pierced with a fork.
- While the soup is simmering, prepare kale, and any toppings. Add chopped kale to the pot. It will seem like a lot, but will cook down quickly.
- After kale cooks down, add cooked, shredded chicken to the soup.
- Serve in individual bowls and garnish with desired toppings.
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