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- 1 pound chicken breasts (cubed)
- 3 medium carrot (chopped)
- 1 small sweet potato (cubed)
- 2 cups butternut squash (peeled and cubed)
- 1 small onion (quartered)
- 3 cloves garlic (peeled)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- sea salt (to taste)
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 tablespoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper (omit for AIP)
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 1/2 cups spinach
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- On a large, rimmed baking sheet, place the chicken on one side and then combine the carrots, sweet potato, squash, onion, garlic, coconut oil, and a hefty helping of sea salt on the other.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are fork-tender.
- Transfer the onions and garlic cloves to a blender and puree until smooth, then combine all ingredients in a large stockpot and simmer 5-10 minutes, until the spinach is wilted and the soup is heated through.