Chicken over Sweet Potato and Leek Soup

This is a delicious, healthy and versatile soup that can be served hot or cold (sort of like a chicken tortilla soup.)

It keeps well in the fridge for a few days and due to the moderate carb content from the sweet potatoes, it makes an awesome Paleo “recovery” meal after a tough workout.

Just to be clear, this is not a Slow Carb friendly soup – though it would probably work for you (in terms of a reasonable number of carbs and glycemic load)  if you swapped out all beans and legumes for the day.  Otherwise, keep it in mind for a super healthy cheat-day meal.

Paleo Potato Leek Chicken Soup
Potato Leek Chicken Soup


  • 4 chicken thighs or 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1 tbs butter or ghee
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 4 medium leeks, washed, trimmed, sliced
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large orange sweet potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • Sea salt & fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • Chopped fresh spring onion to garnish


  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper.  Heat the butter and olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Cook chicken until golden brown and cooked through.  Remove from pan, and set aside.
  2. Using the same pan, add the leeks and onion and cook for 5 minutes or until soft. Stir in the sweet potato and cook, stirring frequently, for a further 10 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken stock. Cover and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes or until the sweet potato is tender.
  4. Slice the chicken into strips.
  5. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and cool for 5 minutes.
  6. Process soup in 2 batches in a food processor or blender or use an immersion blender to blend until smooth.
  7. Place soup in a clean saucepan and reheat over medium-low heat. Check seasoning and top with sliced chicken.  Serve garnished with the spring onion.

2 Replies to “Chicken over Sweet Potato and Leek Soup”

    1. That’s sort of true, Anonymous. Tim Ferriss, in a creativeLive event a year and half (maybe 2) ago said that sweet potatoes are a slowly-digested carbohydrate. Technically sweet potatoes are slow carb, but folks who are looking to lose fat efficiently shouldn’t eat them often. The same actually goes with legumes when you get down to the macronutrient level.

      That said, if I were to eat legumes, I wouldn’t eat sweet potatoes, and if I were to have a sweet potato, I wouldn’t have legumes, and I’d also have some type of green vegetable. Same thing for beets, carrots, and other root vegetables.


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