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Warm Up With This Hearty Cannabis-Infused Chicken Soup

September 28, 2022 08:00 am ET
Warm Up With This Hearty Cannabis-Infused Chicken Soup

Chicken soup for the soul? Well, if it’s infused with cannabis, it’s going to do more than soothe the soul!

Whether you consider yourself a talented cook or someone who merely enjoys dabbling with different dishes in the kitchen, this cannabis-infused chicken soup recipe will have you yearning for another spoonful after each gulp. But before we dive straight in, let’s take a moment to learn about cannabinoids, the chemical compounds naturally produced by the cannabis plant. 

Cannabis Is a Nutritionally Dense Plant

When combined with fresh ingredients and a hearty serving of chickenwhich is a good source of protein, selenium, and phosphoruscannabis compounds like CBD and THC interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) inside our bodies to fix imbalances in biochemistry and neurochemistry.

Cannabis, a leafy green plant, is loaded with nutrients. So much so, that many people consider cannabis a “superfood.” Not only is the raw plant material a fantastic source of nutrition, but also the seeds. High in fiber, minerals, and vitamins, cannabis harbors anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and antioxidant effects.

Combined, the following essential vitamins and minerals ensure healthy blood oxygenation, DNA repair, immune system support, stress relief, and proper nerve and muscle function:

  • Calcium
  • Folate 
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Vitamin C 
  • Vitamin K 

Using Cannabis-Infused Oil to Prepare Chicken Soup

A tablespoon of cannabis-infused oil can be added to just about any recipe in your cookbook. Before you attempt this cannabinoid-enriched chicken soup recipe, you will need to either purchase your oil from a trusted dispensary or, alternatively, make your own.

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How? Decarboxylate the cannabis, allow it to cool to room temperature, and add coconut oil. Cook slowly for 3-8 hours (depending on whether you use a crock-pot, boil it on the stove or in a saucepan) before straining the final product through some cheesecloth to eliminate any lumps. You can learn how to make cannabis-infused coconut oil step-by-step here.

It’s also possible to infuse raw cannabis into olive oil. To do this, the cannabis oil mixture should be decarboxylated at a temperature of 212°F (100°C) to 230°F (110°C). Once this step has been accomplished, the oil must be simmered and double boiled for approximately 1-2 hours at a temperature of 158°F (70°C) to 199°F (93°C). 

Ingredients 

  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • A dash of ground black pepper 
  • 1 pound of boneless and skinless chicken thighs or breast
  • 1 tablespoon of natural avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of grated ginger root
  • 1 tablespoon of grated turmeric root
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped rosemary
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 cup of couscous
  • 2 sliced carrots
  • 2 chopped stalks of celery 
  • 6 cloves of minced garlic 
  • 6 cups of chicken broth
  • Your chosen dosage of cannabis oil

Step-by-Step Cooking Instructions

Once your ingredients are at the ready, you can begin preparing your cannabis-infused chicken soup as follows:

  1. Put a large pot over medium-high heat and add a splash of oil. When the oil is bubbling, add the carrots, celery, onion, and garlic. 
  2. Stir the above-mentioned ingredients, before combining with the ginger and turmeric. Saute for half a minute and combine with the salt, pepper, rosemary, chicken breast, and chicken broth.
  3. Stir regularly and bring the mixture to a boil. Add your cannabis oil and continue mixing.
  4. Add the couscous, stir, and cover the pot. Allow to simmer on a reduced heat for 20-25 minutes.
  5. When the chicken has been fully cooked, your soup is ready! Season as necessary and indulge as desired.

Serving Suggestions 

How you choose to serve your cannabis-infused chicken soup is totally up to you. A dish as versatile as this one lends itself to a wide range of serving suggestions. For example, you may want to increase the carbohydrate count by swapping couscous for fried rice, potato wedges, or French fries. 

Alternatively, add some color and a healthy source of iron by serving your soup with a side salad, a plate of roasted vegetables, or a sprinkling of broccoli florets. Should you be planning on cooking with THC, you might even want to include a side serving of a high-amplifying ingredient such as mango juice, nuts, sweet potatoes, or a cup of black tea.

If you’re new to cooking with cannabis, check out this beginner’s guide for step-by-step instructions: How to Make Edibles: Simple Steps to Tasty Cannabis-Infused Treats

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