If you have debilitating nausea or reflux, I know it can be scary to try to eat again – let alone trying to eat meat.
Some of the other recipes in this series exist to help you get comfortable with the idea of eating again. The marshmallow root tea is ULTRA healing for your gut, the banana smoothie and creamy rice puree are both comfort foods, and this chicken is the perfect way to add some protein back into your diet.
For some reason, we grow up learning that saltine crackers and toast are the best things to eat after a stomach bug.
We might even be encouraged to have some chicken noodle soup… which would be great if your grandmother was homemaking it for you, but most of us don’t have a rockstar grandmother to feed us nutrient dense soup when we get sick. We’re eating canned soup with gums, sugars, additives, and lots of sodium. This pretty much negates the benefits of having soup in the first place and this can be difficult to digest for those with extra sensitive tummies.
Instead, I’m going to teach you how to make this gut healing and easy to digest pureed chicken!
It’s SO easy to make and is a staple in my diet whenever I am having tummy troubles (I’ve been making this for 2 years as needed). It’s even one of Bethany Ugarte’s principles in her book Digest This.
Hope you enjoy. 😊
Chicken is rich in a variety of important nutrients, including protein, niacin, selenium, and phosphorus. It’s also rich in B vitamins, which is essential for us with IBS. If you are dealing with severe gastritis or IBS, I’d highly encourage you to splurge on certified organic chicken. Preferably cage free too.
A lot of chickens are pumped with antibiotics and then you eat those chickens. If your gut is super fragile, you don’t want to add fuel to the fire. If you’re able to, the best place to get your meat is from your local organic farm. You can Google organic farms in your area to find one! Most farmers are genuinely excited to talk with you about their farming practices. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions.
For this recipe, I usually use Kettle & Fire’s Chicken Bone Broth.
Bone Broth supports immune system function and is incredibly beneficial for gut healing. However, most store bought bone broth has other ingredients in it that may be agitating to your gut while it is inflamed. I use a small amount of broth in this recipe and dilute it to mitigate any negative reactions. I find that this recipe doesn’t bother my gut, but it actually brings relief.
If you find that this recipe doesn’t work for you, you can always homemake your own bone broth. Here’s a recipe you can use.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric.
It also happens to be a natural anti-inflammatory and helps your body fight foreign invaders. It’s got TONS of other benefits (including cancer prevention) but it’s important to know that it reduces inflammation because it can help you reduce yours!
HOWEVER– any spice, turmeric included, can agitate your gut when it is very inflamed. It’s best to try this without turmeric first and once you’re eating more regularly, then you can add in the turmeric and see you how you react to it. You could also just try a pinch of it.
Optional: Collagen or Gelatin
One of the reasons bone broth is so nourishing for the gut is because of it’s collagen and gelatin content.
These are both great at supporting intestinal health and integrity. So, if you’re skipping or diluting the broth, it’s nice to add some supplemental collagen or gelatin in for the added gut healing benefits.
Tools you might need
This recipe doesn’t require a whole lot of tools, but I find these are helpful tools to make your chicken puree:
- 1 Pack of Organic Chicken Tenderloins
- Filtered Water
- Bone Broth (I use Kettle & Fire )
- Optional: Turmeric
- Optional: 1 Scoop of Collagen
- Pour 2-3 cups of bone broth into a large sauce pan. Dilute the rest with water and fill the sauce pan up halfway with liquid.
- Place on medium high heat until your broth is boiling or steaming.
- Remove the fat from the chicken (fat can be problematic for gastritis sufferers) and add it in to your pan! Set a timer for 30 minutes and just let it boil.
- Once your timer beeps, stir it up and break apart your chicken. Leave it in another 15 minutes.
- Remove your chicken from heat and let cool.
- Once your chicken is warm, add it to a blender. Add in 1 cup (or so) of the diluted chicken broth. (You may also add in the turmeric or collagen here if you're using this.)
- Puree + enjoy!