SCD Intro: Basic Chicken Soup

Hello fellow spoonies/SCDers/SIBOees and all alike. 

I began the intro diet for SCD today. My holistic specialist recommended an animal products only diet for 2 weeks, then adding vegetables back in. He also said really it’s up to me to choose what I want to do diet wise. I already felt comfortable with SCD since I’ve worn every page of Elaine Gotschall’s Breaking the Vicious Cycleso I decided to give it a try since that’s pretty much what the intro diet was anyway.

I had done the whole bone broth thing for months and wasn’t looking forward to having to make the chicken soup in Elaine’s book, but I was happy to find it was infinitely less awful than making bone broth. Especially with the help of my trusty crockpot.


It turned out super yummy and was very easy on my tummy. Definitely lighter than bone broth (no cartilage). I absolutely loved it…. but I can’t say the same for the cheesecake recipe (YUCK!). Dry curd is certainly an acquired taste. Here is the recipe. Hope it brings your tummies some joy.

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PREP TIME: 4 hrs & 15 min


  • 2 packages of organic chicken thighs and/or legs
  • A bag of carrots
  • Salt & pepper (a little turmeric if you’re feeling crazy)


  1. Stick your chicken, peeled/cut carrots (I bought a bag of little ones that were already peeled and cut), and salt and pepper in your crockpot. Fill it with water.
  2. Cook on high for 4 hours.
  3. Come back, strain the broth into a large mixing bowl. Once you notice a layer of fat form on top, try to remove it (try a cheese cloth/mesh strainer). If you can’t remove everything, no worries!
  4. Blend your carrots in a food processor/blender.
  5. Pour the blended carrots into the broth.
  6. Peel the skin off of the thighs and put the chicken back into the soup (just the meat).

There you have it! It’s super easy with a crockpot, but if you don’t have one, Elaine says you can simmer on the stove for 4 hours as well. Just may take more work/checking up on it. It’s perfect to be able to throw everything in, go do something else, and be done with it. 

If you make it, show me! You can comment here or tag #sibosteph. I love to see what everyone else is doing. Hope this recipe makes things a little bit easier/less daunting. 

Will keep experimenting with recipes to share 🙂

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