Chicken, Yam, and Chard Soup

Recipe makes 6 servings.
Approximate Cook Time: 60 minutes
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Rating: 4.64
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2 tablespoon(s) coconut oil, or olive oil
1 medium onion(s), yellow, diced
2 medium garlic clove(s), minced
1 medium carrot(s), chopped
1 teaspoon(s) thyme
1/2 teaspoon(s) oregano
1 teaspoon(s) sea salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon(s) black pepper, freshly ground, divided
2 pound(s) chicken thighs, boneless, skinless
4 cup(s) broth, (chicken, vegetable, beef, or bone broth are all fine)
6 cup(s) water
1 whole bay leaf(s)
1/2 can(s) jalapenos (4 oz), diced
1 large yam(s), diced
1 bunch(es) chard, chopped (or kale or any green you love)
7 medium onion(s), green, sliced (whites and greens)
1 medium lemon(s), juiced


  1. Heat large pot over medium-high heat. When hot, add oil, onion, garlic, carrot, thyme, and oregano, and saute until onion is softened and slightly translucent (about 10 minutes), stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, mix 1/4 teaspoon sea salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in a medium bowl. Cut chicken thighs into 1" cubes and toss in sea salt and black pepper mixture.
  3. Add chicken to pot and continue to cook for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Reduce heat to medium, add broth, water, bay leaf, jalapenos, yam, chard, and green onions and simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Just before serving, season with remaining sea salt, black pepper, and fresh lemon juice.


  1. Jared

    Was decent, but bland, ended up adding another 3 cups of broth and more salt, in addition to some chili garlic sauce to make it fun to eat.

  2. LarkS

    This was terrific! I used fresh thyme rather than dried, increased the oregano to 1 tsp. I added 3 bouillon cubes with the water, and garnished with raw pumpkin seeds. Filling, pretty, and delicious!

  3. bunny

    I used smoked pork chops instead of chicken and pumped up the heat with cayenne. More better!

  4. ChicagoCavemen

    This was a terrific soup! I used 1 tsp of oregano and thyme, 1 tsp of cayenne pepper, 3 bay leafs, 2 chicken bouillons, added a green and yellow small zucchini – chopped, 6 shredded chicken breasts and substituted 8 c of chicken broth and 2 c of chicken stock (from the boiled chicken breasts I used). Really made the soup hearty and filling!

  5. Erinmiriam77

    I don’t understand why they use chicken thighs. I’d rather use chicken breast. This soup was bland. Needs some help.

  6. Fiona

    This Recipe was delicious! Both me and my husband loved it and it lasted us for a while! The only thing I changed was added a little more sea salt.

  7. Dixie


    Is that a potato I see in the picture?

  8. Phylicia

    this is SO good. Spicy if you add too much jalapeno like I did, but worth the sinus drip! I used red swiss chard and it reminded me of seaweed in Miso soup, so I figure if you dont like chard, you could sub with seaweed?

  9. Phylicia

    I used a bunch of chicken wings I had and didnt plan on using…it was more work, but still a dark moist meat and perfect for soup!

  10. colleen

    My 12, 6, and 5 year old loved this soup, really the whole family. Next time we’ll add more chicken and a bit more soup. We’ll be making this again.

  11. Suzanne

    I read that this soup was bland so I made a few changes and it ended up being the best soup I’ve ever made!
    – Subbed sweet potatoes for yams
    – added cilantro, ginger, cooked bacon, and red pepper flakes
    – Did not add jalapenos, lemon juice or green onions (didn’t have them on hand)
    – Used closer to 5-6 cups broth and 2-3 cups water

  12. Rebecca

    We loved this soup. Like others, I added more broth & used canned ancho chillis instead of jalepano for a smoky flavor.


    I thought this soup turned out really well. It was good because I could use things I had in the kitchen already. I used two cups of broth and six cups of water because I didn’t have more broth, but I didn’t think it lacked anything. Other modifications: I had a huge yam on hand, maybe 5 cups diced and that added a lot of flavor. I also omitted thyme and oregano, and added cayenne. I don’t think it really needs any salt or pepper.

  14. Jeryl S

    Wow! I was making chicken noodle soup for my non-paleo family. When I took the chicken out to take it off the bones, I set aside two cups of broth and some chicken and made a bowl of this for me. I used rosemary instead of thyme because I was out. It was one of the best soups I’ve had. My family all tried it and liked it too.

  15. Jessica L

    I have enjoyed every meal on this paleo plan, this one not so much.

  16. Errika S

    I have a lot of frozen spinach and am wondering if this can bbe used in place o the chard?f

    • Molly

      Errika S — Yes, you can absolutely use frozen spinach instead of chard.

  17. Alissa M

    This soup is one of my favorite recipes, I make it again and again! It is equally good with kale if chard is not available. The only change I make is adding 2 bouillon cubes so give the broth a bit more oomph. This soup is always such a hit!

  18. Amber

    I actually really like this soup pretty much as is (minus the onions and a little extra salt).
    I like to add a dollop of canned coconut milk (the kind that separates so you get the cream) to my bowl. Yum!

  19. Colleen S

    Hi, your recipes are great. Any chance you can get them to print all on one page?

    • Karen

      Colleen, thank you for your comment. We are working on reformatting our recipes. In the meantime, you can go to file print preview and click on the “shrink to fit” option instead of 100% and you should get them on one page.

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