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South African Tumeric

Prep Time:

15 Mins

Cook Time:

1 hour 10 mins


4 Servings


About the Recipe

If there is one dish that can provide you will all the nourishment you need, it is this turmeric chicken soup. It is one of those meals that will revitalise your cells and fill you with renewed energy. Not only is it good for you, but it tastes incredible too!


360 g chicken breast, skinless and boneless

6 cups water

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

½ medium red onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced

4 medium carrots, grated

4 medium stalks celery, chopped, small dice

4 cups Bok choy (Pak choi), chopped finely

1 medium zucchini (courgette), sliced thinly

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon parsley, chopped finely

1 tablespoon ground turmeric

1 medium lemon, juiced


Cook the chicken breasts in 4 cups of simmering water in a large pot until cooked through. Remove the chicken breasts from the water and shred them. Keep the water used to cook the chicken in.

Place a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Once hot, lower the heat to medium and add the onion, garlic, and ginger. Cook for approximately five to six minutes, or until softened.

Add the carrots, celery, and Bok choy. Stir and cook for an additional six to eight minutes.

Stir in the zucchini, the remaining two cups of water, and the reserved water used to cook the chicken. Raise the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.

Add the spices, parsley, lemon juice, and shredded cooked chicken. Cover, and continue simmering for an additional 20 to 30 minutes.

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