RECIPE: Chicken Soup for the Bowel

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I am not a qualified gastroenterologist, and this is not medical advice. I have pulled this recipe together based on what foods many sites on the internet say are “safe” for Crohn’s, and also my own experience with foods I can safely eat. If there is something you cannot have on the ingredients list, please do not add it.

Getting used to an IBD diagnosis is a lot to get used to and a huge learning curve. Out of all of the things I have learned over the last month or so, I think the most important thing has been that the only way you can guarantee there are no hidden ingredients to trigger a flare, is by cooking from scratch. I created this chicken noodle soup recipe to be easy on the bowel, but of course, you know your own body so please don’t add anything that you know you cannot have.

Ingredients (serves 2/3)

– 2 x skinless chicken breasts

– 4 x carrots chopped

– 2 x sweet potatoes peeled and chopped

– A handful of spinach

– 200g of egg noodles (fresh)

– 2 x pinches of garlic granules

– 4 tsp of oregano

– 2 splashes of Worcester sauce

– 1 litre of chicken stock

– Salt and pepper


  1. Start by cooking the two chicken breasts in the oven for 45 mins, wrapped in foil.
  2. In your saucepan, heat a little butter or oil on a medium and add in the carrots and the sweet potatoes.
  3. Add in 1 tsp of oregano, a pinch of garlic granules and some salt and pepper to taste, soften them up for around 5 mins (stirring as you go), and let those flavours infuse into them.
  4. Now add in the full litre of chicken stock and the cooked chicken, shredded, and bring to a boil. Add in the rest of the oregano, garlic, some salt and pepper to taste and the splashes of Worcester sauce, then let the liquid bubble on high heat for around 5 minutes.
  5. Turn the heat right down to medium, and simmer for 45 mins.
  6. Add in the noodles after 45 mins.
  7. Then add the spinach around 5 mins before the soup is served (total cooking time should be 1 hr, however, you can cook for longer if you wish the liquid to reduce more).

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One response to “RECIPE: Chicken Soup for the Bowel”

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