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Gut Healing Turmeric and Chicken Broth Recipe

Gluten-free Gut Healing Turmeric and Chicken Broth

Credit: Lee Holmes

Broths truly exemplify the notion that slow and steady wins the race. Bone broths are amazing for helping us slow down while simultaneously looking after our gut health, healing and sealing the digestive tract. This mineral-rich broth is just what the doctor ordered, charged with the anti-inflammatory powers of turmeric, fresh ginger and a whole chicken.

Makes: 1L



  • 1 whole organic chicken
  • 2 chicken feet, for extra gelatine (optional)
  • 2L filtered water
  • 2 tbsp apple-cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2.5cm knob fresh ginger, grated
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric or grated fresh turmeric
  • Good pinch Celtic sea salt & black pepper
  • Bunch flat-leaf parsley, about 100g
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  1. Put chicken in large stainless-steel stockpot, along with chicken feet, if using.
  2. Pour in water, vinegar and lemon juice. Add onion, celery, ginger, turmeric and salt, and season generously with freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Bring to boil over medium heat, skimming off any foam that rises to the top. Reduce heat to lowest setting, then cover and simmer for 2 hours.
  4. Remove from heat, remove chicken from pot and leave until cool enough to handle. Take meat off bones, reserving bones and setting meat aside for another use.
  5. Return bones to pot and simmer over very low heat for 4–6 hours, checking now and then and adding a little more filtered water if needed.
  6. Add parsley and garlic and simmer for another 10 mins.
  7. Remove bones with slotted spoon, then strain broth into airtight containers and refrigerate until fat congeals on top.
  8. Will keep in fridge for 4–5 days, covered with a good layer of its natural fat (don’t discard fat — it’s healthy, tasty and great for cooking with). Alternatively, you can freeze for up to 3 months.
  9. Tip: You can freeze the broth in ice-cube trays to give convenient little portions to pop into other dishes.


Lee Holmes

Lee Holmes is a nutritionist, yoga and meditation teacher, wholefoods chef, Lifestyle Food Channel’s Healthy Eating Expert, blogger and author of the best-selling books Supercharged Food: Eat Your Way to Health, Supercharged Food: Eat Yourself Beautiful, Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian, Heal your Gut, Eat Right for Your Shape and Supercharged Food for Kids.

Lee’s food philosophy is all about S.O.L.E. food: sustainable, organic, local and ethical. Her main goal is to alter the perception that cooking fresh, wholesome, nutrient-rich meals is difficult, complicated and time-consuming. From posting recipes, her passion to share her autoimmune disease story and help others has snowballed and the blog has recently taken home the overall prize at the Bupa Health Influencer Awards as well as the best blog in the Healthy Eating category. She also runs a four-week online Heal Your Gut program.