Chicken Pumpkin Soup with Oral Nutritional Supplement

11th December 2018, Dietitian Marcus Lee, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital

Cancer patients who are undergoing treatment, need more proteins to heal tissues and to reduce the risk of infection. Cancer patients are also advised to maintain their body weight and keep their energy intake high. Oral nutritional supplements are always recommended by healthcare providers when a patient cannot consume enough food to meet their energy and protein needs.

Oral nutrition supplements can be enjoyed on their own, but can also be added to your favourite recipes. This will prevent boredom and help you to take adequate amount of oral nutritional supplements prescribed to you. Your dietitian will tell you how much the amount of oral nutritional supplement you need.

Most oral nutritional supplements taste better chilled, some can be warmed gently, and some can be added to foods or frozen, and served as a dessert. If you want to use oral nutritional supplement in cooking, try to warm it through gently without boiling as boiling may alter the taste and damage the heat-sensitive nutrients such as protein.

For example, oral nutritional supplements can be used in cooking hot meal:

Chicken Pumpkin Soup (serve 2-3)


120g pumpkin flesh, boiled and mashed

1 onion, roughly chopped

2 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and diced

1 carrot, peeled and diced

500ml water

50g lean chicken meat, diced

Salt and pepper to taste

5 scoops of oral nutritional supplement (powder), diluted with 100ml water

Chopped parsley for garnishing


  1. Pour water to mashed pumpkin, add in potatoes, carrot and onion. Bring to a simmer over medium heat until all vegetables are soften
  2. Add in chicken meat, bring to boil and skim off impurities floating on top of the soup
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste
  4. Lastly, stir in oral nutritional supplement and immediately remove the soup from heat
  5. Serve the soup in bowl and garnish with chopped parsley