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There’s something about a hot bowl of low carb chicken soup that feels like comfort. A bowl of homemade paleo chicken soup is a great reminder to slow down. It’s a go-to comfort food for cold winter nights, the instinctual first response to a cold, and a reminder to sit and savor life.
And this made from scratch keto chicken soup recipe is perfect for all of those things!
I adore making this low carb chicken soup recipe every winter, not only to soothe my body but to metaphorically soothe my mind as well. Somehow, sitting down with a big bowl of it is a reminder to slow down and think about what’s important.
To be honest, I am terrible at saying no, as well as taking no for an answer. I just want to do it all. Always have.
Maybe you can relate when I share that I come up with more ideas than I have time to act on. Then, I just get frustrated at the limitations of the time and energy I have to complete them.
However, we’re all limited by the same 24 hours in each day.
And each and every day, we have to acknowledge our limits and make sure that the important things win out.
So to me, learning to say no is analogous to living with intention. I know, it sounds a little cliche. What I mean by that is, I’m trying to focus on whether my actions are getting me closer to where I want to be. If I look back on this time next week, next month, next year, or even ten years from now, will I think that the things I spent my time on were worthwhile?
One of the ways I’ve been doing this is by doing a weekly review at the end of each week:
How did it go? What went well? Is there something can I do better? What do I want to make time for this week? What do I need to say “no” to so that I have the time for those things?
The process is a little reminiscent of the agile sprint reviews many software teams are accustomed to. It turns out that applying it to one’s personal life works well, too.
For some reason, this week’s low carb chicken soup with spaghetti squash served as a perfect reminder to hit pause. And savoring this hearty homemade keto soup gave me the time that I value so much to sit and reflect.
Noodles for a Keto Chicken Soup Recipe
The key to making chicken noodle soup low carb and keto is swapping out the noodles.
You can use zucchini noodles, kelp noodles, miracle noodles, or (my personal favorite!) spaghetti squash when you make low carb chicken soup.
Even though spaghetti squash takes some time to cook, the actual prep time for this keto chicken soup recipe is just 10 minutes.
The rest is cook time, with just the occasional stir from you.
The spaghetti squash in this soup makes great gluten-free noodles for homemade paleo chicken soup.
Other than that, it still has all the elements of your favorite healthy homemade chicken soup recipe. It’s light and a little hearty at the same time… and so, so comforting.
How To Make Low Carb Chicken Soup
This low carb chicken soup is super easy to make.
You can even prep the elements ahead of time to just throw together whenever you get a craving for a bowl of soul food.
When you have broth, squash, and chicken already in your freezer, this simple keto chicken soup recipe becomes even more easy to make.
All you do is toss your diced veggies and shredded chicken into your pot and stir while it simmers together. And while you wait, your nutritious ingredients meld into a healthy paleo chicken soup in about an hour.
Meanwhile, you can make your spaghetti squash. If you’re not familiar with the process, I’ve explained how to cook spaghetti squash here. Don’t worry… it’s not hard.
This keto chicken soup recipe calls for only 8 common ingredients:
…plus salt & pepper.
Here are a few tips to help you make this simple homemade soup:
Prep the spaghetti squash ahead of time
You can make your spaghetti squash up ahead of time. I’m a huge fan of anything I can prep on the weekends to make weeknight dinners more simple.
You can make it this way or follow the directions on the recipe card below.
This particular low carb chicken soup recipe uses half a spaghetti squash. You can save the half you don’t use in the freezer, or try one of these keto spaghetti squash recipes. A couple of my favorites are low carb spaghetti squash carbonara and spaghetti squash lasagna boats.
Make your shredded chicken in advance
Another time saver is making your shredded chicken ahead of time.
Using the Instant Pot to make shredded chicken in bulk is my favorite way. I always have some on hand, ready to use in low carb recipes.
Consider using bone broth
Bone broth soothes stomach when you’re sick, and is nourishing for you even when you’re not. It really takes this keto chicken soup recipe to the next level for both taste and health benefits.
Bone broth is full of collagen, which is tremendously healthy for you. There are a host of health benefits to collagen in your diet, and bone broth is one of the yummiest ways to do so!
You can make your own or buy already made bone broth; either way will taste delish in this keto chicken soup recipe.
Keep the spaghetti squash separate
When you make your low carb chicken noodle soup, you’re not going to add in the spaghetti squash until you’re ready to serve it. Otherwise, it will break down too much.
Be sure to store it separately until then. To do this, just cook it, scoop it out of the shell, and store in an airtight container.
It’s good in the fridge for 2-3 days and in the freezer for much longer.
How To Store Paleo Chicken Soup
This paleo chicken soup recipe makes a large batch, so it can last a while if you’re battling a cold or flu this winter and want to keep it in the fridge. (Just remember the tip above: keep the spaghetti squash separate until serving for the best texture!)
It will last 5-7 days, so you can make it during your weekly meal prep time and enjoy it all week long.
You could also freeze half the batch for a later date. Just remember that you’ll freeze everything but the noodles together, and have your spaghetti squash frozen separately (see the tips above for details).
This keto chicken soup recipe lends itself to batch cooking, which means you can have it on hand, just waiting to be thawed, for when you’re expecting a baby, have surprise company show up, or just want to have ready for an easy weeknight keto dinner option.
Slow Down With Soothing Low Carb Chicken Noodle Soup
Just like our bodies tell us to slow down when we are sick, I think it’s wise to listen when our brains tell us the same thing.
Whether it’s your body or your mind that demands soothing, I hope you’ll try some paleo chicken soup. (Or some comforting beef cabbage soup, if you get tired of the keto chicken soup.)
If nothing else, maybe a warm bowl of low carb chicken noodle soup will urge you to slow down and think about what’s important in your own life today.
Paleo Low Carb Chicken Soup Recipe (Gluten-free):
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Paleo Keto Low Carb Chicken Soup Recipe - 10 Minute Prep
The best keto paleo chicken noodle soup! This low carb chicken soup recipe is super easy with just 8 ingredients and 10 minutes prep time.
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In a large pot on the stove, stir together all ingredients except the spaghetti squash. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 1 hour.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (191 degrees C). Poke holes in the spaghetti squash using a sharp knife. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 40-60 minutes, until you can easily pierce through the skin with only a little resistance when using a fork. (Don't overcook to the point where there's no resistance at all, or the noodles will be mushy.)
- When the spaghetti squash is done cooking and cool enough to handle, slice it in half and use a fork to scoop out the strands (pull with the fork in the same direction as the strands, cross-wise across the short side of the spaghetti squash).
- Right before serving, remove the bay leaf and stir in half of the spaghetti squash strands.
Nutrition info is calculated based on using 1/2 of the spaghetti squash. You'll need to cook the whole thing but only half goes in the soup. You can reserve the rest for another use.
Serving size: 1 cup
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