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Chicken Meatball Soup-Paleo-Whole 30

We're in the thick of winter, and there's nothing like a home made soup. There are so many ways you can make soup, so I decided to share one of my favorites with you. It is dairy and gluten free, and delicious. I hope you enjoy!

Donna’s Chicken Meatball Soup – Paleo-Whole 30 Approved

Ingredients (soup):

  • 2 tablespoons clarified butter

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 small onion, diced

  • 1 shallot, diced

  • 2 stalks celery, diced

  • 2 stalks of bok choy, diced (reserve leaves for end)

  • 1 small zucchini, diced

  • 1 cup frozen vegetables (carrot, peas, green beans, corn, mixture)

  • 6 cups chicken bone broth or use two 24 oz package of Bonafide Organic Chicken Broth*

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 sprig rosemary

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

For the chicken meatballs

  • 1 pound organic ground chicken

  • 1 pasture-raised egg

  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

  • 1/3 cup almond meal

  • 1/4 cup Bragg Nutritional Yeast

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste



  1. In a large bowl, combine ground chicken, almond meal, oregano, basil, parsley, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, Dijon mustard, egg and red pepper flakes, if using; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Using clean hands, stir until well combined. Roll the mixture into 3/4-to-1-inch meatballs, forming about 20 meatballs.

  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Then transfer to separate plate.


  1. Add the clarified butter to soup pan or dutch oven. Add garlic, onion, celery, Bok choy, zucchini. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4-5 minutes. Stir in thyme until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  2. Whisk in chicken stock and bay leaves and frozen vegetables, bring to a boil. Stir in rosemary and meatballs; reduce heat and simmer about 10-12 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and parsley; season with salt and pepper, to taste.

  3. Serve immediately.

*Bonafied Provisions Bone Broth, has been my favorite go to when I don’t have the time to make my own. You can now purchase it at Whole Foods and Walmart in their freezer section, or go to Wise Choice

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