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Hearty Chicken Soup Recipe

Hearty Chicken Soup Recipe
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Our chicken soup recipe is quick and easy to make, and a family favorite.

  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour
  • Serving Size: 6


  • 1 1/2 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oil
  • 2 chicken thighs
  • 2 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 medium-hot red chili, de-seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 6 ounces yellow split peas, rinsed
  • 2 ½ cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 can coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • To garnish: Roughly chopped fresh coriander


  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Season the chicken thighs and drumsticks and brown them on all sides. Once browned, transfer them to a bowl.
  • Turn down the heat and add the chili, ginger, and garlic to the pan. Stir occasionally and cook until softened.
  • Stir in the turmeric, cumin, coriander and the split peas and return the chicken to the pan.
  • Add the stock and bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 45 minutes until the split peas are tender and the chicken is separating from the bone.
  • Remove the chicken pieces and shred the meat (throw away the skins and bones).
  • Add the chicken and the coconut milk and bring to a boil.
  • Season to taste with lemon juice and salt.
  • Serve in warm bowls sprinkled with coriander.


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September 2015 issue.