This spicy chicken soup uses a special ingredient – tea! it’s FULL of flavor and very easy to make, not to mention low carb and paleo. Perfect for a cold winter day.I got this crazy, wonderful idea from my friend Debbie. She sells Steeped Tea of which I am a big fan and have many different flavors. Anyway, one day she posted that she made chicken soup with her Immunity Booster tea. I had run out of that particular one and used my Hot Yoga tea instead and I was hooked! It added sooo much flavor that I want to make my soup like this all the time. I haven’t done it yet, but I want to make a big batch of bone broth and add this to it. Then I want to sip it all day. I think it will help keep my hunger at bay and it will be good for me because bone broth (and I’m sure this tea) has lots of healthy properties. But most importantly it will be satisfying.
Below you can see the two teas I’m talking about. I haven’t tried the Immunity Booster tea yet in my soup but I plan to, especially if I get a cold this winter. I just got a nice big bag of it. The Hot Yoga is the one I have and use and love. I blew up the ingredients so you can see what’s in it. If you are interested in either of these teas, here is a link to it. However, if you don’t, you could experiment with different seasonings to get the right taste. In particular I can taste the ginger, pepper, cardamon and cassia (which is a type of cinnamon). So I think you could substitute some ginger, black pepper, cinnamon and cardamon and it would do the trick. Those are common ingredients in chai tea too so if you have any of that at home, give it a try.
I didn’t mind having the bits of tea floating around in the bowl but if you do, you could put it in a muslin bag and take it out when you are ready serve it. I don’t think you would get as much flavor though. I used zucchini noodles because I’m a huge fan these days, since I got my newest spiralizer. The rest of the soup consists of bone broth, carrots, celery, onions and chicken.
Spicy Chicken Soup Recipe
This recipe is an easy one. I basically sautéed the vegetables (except the zucchini noodles), added the broth, tea and spices and let that simmer for a while. Then I added the cooked chicken and zucchini noodles. Let that cook for a few minutes and it was ready to eat.
Believe me you will be surprised at how much flavor this tea brings to the broth. I want to experiment will other teas too, but will probably stick to herbal teas as I don’t need the caffeine. Well I hope you get a chance to try this out. If you are interested in Debbie’s Steeped Teas, you can find them here. Tell her I sent you and maybe she’ll give you a discount or a sample or something. (Please note this is not a sponsored post. I just love the tea.) And if you can’t get any Hot Yoga Tea, experiment with the above mentioned spices and let me know how it goes. Enjoy! Scroll down for nutrition label.
- 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
- 8 cups chicken broth (bone broth if you have it)
- 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
- 2 cups chicken breast, cooked and chopped
- ½ cup onion, chopped
- 1 cup carrots chopped
- 1 cup celery chopped
- 1 medium zucchini spiraled
- 2 Tablespoons Hot Yoga Tea (or experiment with cinnamon, black pepper, ginger and cardamon)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- In a large soup pot, add olive oil, carrots, celery and onion.
- Saute for a minute or two until the onions become translucent.
- Add your broth, tea, salt, pepper and garlic and simmer for 5-10 minutes to cook the vegetables and get more flavor from the tea.
- Add in your cooked chicken and zucchini noodles.
- Cook for a couple more minutes until the zucchini gets tender.
- Serve and eat!