GAPS Intro Recipe: Lemon Basil Chicken

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by brenda on January 19, 2015

My family did the GAPS Intro again just after Christmas. It’s a good thing to do every now and then to re-set and cleanse the body–especially after a holiday season with cakes, and pies, and dinner rolls and candy! If you don’t know about GAPS, you’ll want to check out the book: Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.

I get a little bored of the GAPS Intro recipes that are out there. I feel like they’re lacking flavor, and when I don’t have enough good flavor to satisfy me, I feel like I need to eat something else that is off the diet. I enjoy trying to make GAPS Intro recipes that are FLAVORFUL. And meaty. And satisfying. I made up this recipe for Stage 2 of the diet, when you can introduce fresh herbs (this was Day 2 for us in our week of a GAPS Intro reset). I like to serve this meal with a side of veggies that contain carbs–like squash, or carrots. GAPS is not meant to be a low-carb diet, and a lot of people get sick during the Intro because they don’t include enough carbs. Add carbs! :)

GAPS Intro Lemon Basil Chicken


  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 4 chicken breasts, cut into pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 handful of fresh basil, chopped
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
  • animal fat


  1. Pour the broth into a large pot, add chicken.
  2. Place on burner over high heat.
  3. Cook until the chicken is done.
  4. Add in onion, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice and basil.
  5. Reduce heat to medium and cook until the onions are soft.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Add animal fat for added nutrition and vitamin absorption!
  8. Enjoy!


Have you done the GAPS Intro? What was your experience like?

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  • AuNaturelMel

    Mmmmmmmmmm, this looks fantastic! The chicken stays tender, it doesn’t get “rubbery”? (Maybe that’s more a testament to my cooking than a question about the recipe, LOL.) Mel at catesgarden

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