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Chicken Soup For Baby, Toddler, Kids (GAPS Friendly)

Chicken soup for babies, toddlers and older kids made with fresh whole ingredients. It can be served for babies from 6 months in a smooth puree form or chunkier for older family members. This baby chicken soup is naturally gluten, grain and dairy free, and even GAPS friendly for babies and older kids. It’s the perfect way to serve chicken for babies who have food allergies and need soothing comfort food.

Baby chicken soup pureed and chunks for older kids and toddlers.

Making this chicken soup for babies takes quite some time, but the best part is that you make a large batch and can stock the fridge with meals for a few days.

Related: Soft Chicken Meatballs For Babies, Toddlers, Kids (BLW)

Chicken Soup For Babies / Toddlers /Kids

This baby chicken soup is a 2 in 1 recipe, first simmering chicken meat and bones with seasonings and herbs creates a delicious homemade chicken stock for the soup, then into which the fresh vegetables are chopped and the chicken meat is shredded and served alongside.

Using the chicken meat, bones and skin provides the right combination of fat, salt and flavor. Don’t be tempted to use only meat, as the flavor won’t be as round.

For the most basic baby chicken soup, this recipe will work beautifully with or without a starchy component such as noodles or rice, but if you are comfortable with those, don’t hesitate to add some.

Chicken soup for baby toddlers and older kids.

How To Make Chicken Soup For Baby

Always try to make the chicken soup for baby with a stock made from scratch with organic ingredients. Yes there’s more steps than a quick and easy chicken noodle soup recipe, but it is so worth it because what’s more important than your baby’s health?!

Here are the steps:

1. First Prepare And Cook The Chicken Meat & Bones

  • Wash the chicken (cut the parts with the most bones and cartilages, keep the breast for another meal) place it in a deep pot and add filtered water, bring to a boil.
  • When it starts to boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and spoon off any foam or scum that rises to the top.
  • To the pot add the bay leaves, the black pepper, and thyme. Reduce the heat and simmer on low heat until you prepare the rest of the veggies (about 20-30 minutes).

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What Chicken Parts to Use For The Soup

When choosing the type of chicken parts to use in soup, opt for more bones and connective tissues (cartilage, skin including fat) because the marrow in the bones ads much more flavor and body, plus collagen and essential amino acids that help sooth the intestinal walls.

2. Prepare And Add The Vegetables

  • Clean, peal and dice the vegetables. Add all those to the pot, one by one and simmer for 20 minutes until tender. Potatoes and noodles are usually a staple in chicken soups but since this is a GAPS compliant soup, I’m using cauliflower instead, and no grains.
  • Then add the acidic ingredients: crushed tomatoes, lemon juice and salt (babies 12 months+). Simmer for another 10-15 minutes and turn off the heat. Taste and adjust the seasonings to taste. Add more sourness (lemon juice) or salt if needed. If you don’t have any lemon juice, use some apple cider vinegar instead.
  • At this time you can add the fresh chopped herbs (parsley and dill) or other greens. Or you can save them and sprinkle on top of the soup bowl right before serving to your kids.
  • Note: Let the chicken soup sit for 20 minutes or more (in the pot) before serving, to allow the flavors to blend in better. It will taste even better the next day.
How to make chicken soup for babies: boil the meat first then add the vegetables.

Tip For Avoiding Overly Cooked Meat

If you want the white chicken meat tenderly cooked, remove it from the pot after 30 minutes. Take it off the bones, and throw the bones, skin and remaining meat back into the soup to finish simmering. Add the saved white meat, chopped at the end.

Serve the soup as it is, or add some avocado for a more filling meal with healthy fats.

Quick Chicken Soup With Pre-made Chicken Stock

Bring the pre-made chicken stock to a boil. Add all ingredients, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until everything is cooked through and tender, about 20-30 minutes. If using raw chicken meat, add that to the pot before adding the vegetables. If you’re using already cooked chicken meat, add it when the vegetables are almost tender. Let the soup sit for 30 minutes before serving, to combine the flavors.

Chicken Soup Consistency For Babies

  1. 6-7 month old babies: puree in a blender to a smooth consistency.
  2. 8-9 month old babies: place in a food processor to get a finely chopped texture (not smooth as puree).
  3. 9-10 month old babies and up: serve as it is, chunky. It’s also great for baby lead weaning, as the baby picks the pieces from the soup with his/her fingers.
Puree the chicken soup for babies (6-9 months) in a blender for a smoother consistency.

How To Store

  • Store leftovers for 3-4 days in an air-tight container.
  • Freeze up to 3 months in an airtight container. Use glass jarsice cube trays, or reusable silicone zip bags, they won’t leach harmful chemicals like plastics do.
  • Thaw / reheat – defrost overnight in the refrigerator and reheat on the stove at low temperature.
Meat from chicken soup.

Leftover Chicken Meat From Soup

You probably won’t even use half the meat on the chicken for this baby chicken soup. So here’s a few ideas for things to make with the leftover cooked chicken:

  • Serve as finger food to your baby, especially if you’re doing baby led weaning.
  • Shred with 2 forks and add into a salad.
  • Add into an omelet as breakfast.
  • Mix into other baby purees and soups as a source of protein.
  • Add in casseroles.
  • Make chicken meatballs, patties, or fritters.
  • Check out more baby chicken recipes here.

More Baby Soup Recipes

Homemade chicken soup for baby toddlers, puree and chunky.

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Chicken Soup For Baby, Toddler, Kids, From Scratch Recipe

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Chicken soup for babies, toddlers and older kids made with fresh whole ingredients. It can be served for babies from 6 months in a smooth puree form or chunkier for older family members. This baby chicken soup is naturally gluten, grain and dairy free, and even GAPS friendly, perfect for babies who have food allergies and need soothing comfort food.
DIETS: Gluten Free, Dairy Free
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Baby Food
Servings 3.5 quarts
Calories 79 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lb chicken meat with bones (Use the thighs and drumsticks, the wings and back bones)
  • 10 cups filtered water

Vegetables

  • 2 medium carrots (diced)
  • 2 celery stalks (diced)
  • 1/2 medium celery root (celeriac) (about 1 cup, diced)
  • 1 large bell pepper (red or yellow, diced)
  • 10 cauliflower florets (chopped, or use 3 potatoes (if not GAPS))
  • 4 oz crushed tomatoes (or 2 Tbsp tomato paste)

Seasonings And Aromatics

  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1.5 tbsp lemon juice (freshly squeezed, or apple cider vinegar)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp dried thyme (or 2 fresh sprigs)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp Celtic sea salt (or to taste (for babies older than 12 months))
  • 2-4 tbsp fresh herbs (parsley and dill) (or other herbs, to garnish)

Instructions
 

Prepare And Cook The Chicken Meat & Bones

  • Wash the chicken, place it in a deep pot and add filtered water, bring to a boil.
  • When it starts to boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and spoon off any foam or scum that rises to the top.
  • To the pot add the bay leaves, the black pepper, and thyme. Reduce the heat and simmer on low heat until you prepare the rest of the veggies (about 20-30 minutes).

Prepare And Add The Vegetables

  • Clean, peal and dice the carrots, onion, celery root (also known as celeriac) and stalks (and potatoes if using). Divide the cauliflower into smaller florets, or finely chop. Add all those to the pot and simmer for 20 minutes until tender.
  • Then add the crushed tomatoes, bell pepper, lemon juice, diced garlic and salt (if using). Simmer for another 10-15 minutes and turn off the heat. Taste and adjust the seasonings to taste. Add more sourness (lemon juice) or salt if needed.
  • At this time you can add the fresh chopped herbs (parsley and dill) or other greens. Or you can save them and sprinkle on top of the soup bowl right before serving to your kids.
    Note: Let the chicken soup sit for 20 minutes or more (in the pot) before serving, to allow the flavors to blend in better. It can taste better the next day.

Quick Chicken Soup With Pre-made Chicken Stock

  • Bring the pre-made chicken stock to a boil. Add all ingredients, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until everything is cooked through and tender, about 20-30 minutes.
    If using raw chicken meat, add that to the pot before adding the vegetables. If you're using already cooked chicken meat, add it when the vegetables are almost tender. Let the soup sit for 30 minutes before serving, to combine the flavors.

Notes

Tips For Making Chicken Soup For Babies (From Scratch)

  • When choosing the type of chicken parts to use in soup, opt for more bones and connective tissues (cartilage, skin including fat) because the marrow in the bones ads much more flavor and body, plus collagen and essential amino acids that help sooth the intestinal walls.
  • If you want the white chicken meat tenderly cooked, remove it from the pot after 30 minutes. Take it off the bones, and throw the bones, skin and remaining meat back into the broth to finish simmering. Add the saved white meat, chopped at the end.
  • Add some cooked rice or other whole grains in the soup for a boost of flavor and texture (not GAPS compliant).
  • This soup is suitable for full GAPS diet but not introduction diet. To be able to enjoy it in the introduction phase of GAPS Diet, you will need to remove the celery stalks, replace the lemon juice with sauerkraut juice and remove the black pepper. Serve only if there is not reaction to nightshades (tomato and bell pepper).

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 79kcal
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Chicken soup for babies, toddlers and older kids that can be served for babies from 6 months in a smooth puree form or chunkier for older family members. This baby chicken soup is naturally gluten, grain and dairy free, and even GAPS friendly, perfect for babies with food allergies. This baby chicken soup is a 2 in 1 recipe: homemade chicken stock into which fresh vegetables are added along with herbs and seasonings. #chickensoupforbabies #chickensouprecipe #babyfood #babysoup #soupforbabies

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