Immune Kickin’ Chicken Soup

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Nearly every ingredient in this soup supports healthy immune function, from the beta-glucan loaded shiitake mushrooms to the lauric acid-rich coconut milk and potent garlic, to the vitamin C-rich veggies and the probiotic-rich miso. And it comes together so quickly and easily that it may turn into your go-to winter soup.

6-8 servings
10 ounces organic shiitake mushrooms, sliced (fresh or frozen)
2 bunches organic green onions, thinly sliced and whites and greens separated
2 large organic red bell peppers, cut into ½-inch pieces
12 organic garlic cloves, minced
  4-inch knob of organic ginger, grated
1⁄8 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Chili Flakes, or up to 1/2 teaspoon
  sea salt and pepper, to taste
2 pounds organic boneless-skinless chicken breast or thighs, if using breasts cut each breast in half crosswise
8 cups organic chicken bone broth
1 (13-ounce) can full-fat organic coconut milk
10 ounces organic spinach, (thawed and drained if using frozen)
4 tablespoons organic sweet white miso, or up to 6 tablespoons
  1. Place the mushrooms, whites of the green onions, red pepper, garlic, ginger, chili flakes, and salt and pepper in the bottom of a slow cooker. Stir to mix together. Place chicken pieces on top. Gently pour in the broth. If the broth level seems too low in your slow cooker, add one cup of water.  
  2. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours. If using frozen spinach place it in the fridge now to thaw.
  3. Remove chicken from the soup, add the coconut milk and spinach, cover and cook for another 15-30 minutes. Using two forks, shred the chicken and return to the soup.
  4. Turn off the slow cooker. Place miso in a small bowl and add about ½ cup of broth from the soup. Mix well until the miso forms a thin paste. Add to the soup and stir to combine. Alternately you can add 1-1½ teaspoons to each serving bowl, add a small amount of the broth, and then mix well before filling the bowl with soup. Serve immediately garnished with remaining sliced green onions.

Source: Heather Pratt

Tips for What to Do with Excess Ingredients: Of course miso can be used to make miso soup, but it is also delicious added to salad dressing, marinades, sauces and even this miso caramel sauce.