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Curried Chicken Soup

My German mother would occasionally cook dishes that were not traditional German recipes. One of my favorites was her Curry Chicken Soup. I've added my own touches to it, such as the chickpeas, coconut milk and fresh cilantro.—Deanna Hindenach, Paw Paw, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 45 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (2-1/2 quarts)


  • 4 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can (13.66 ounces) coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup minced fresh cilantro


  • In a large shallow dish, combine the curry, salt, pepper and cayenne. Add chicken, a few pieces at a time, and turn to coat.
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook the chicken, carrots, red pepper and onion in oil for 4 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1-2 minutes longer or until chicken is browned and vegetables are tender; drain.
  • Stir in the garbanzo beans, broth, tomatoes and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in coconut milk; heat through. Garnish servings with cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 270 calories, 16g fat (10g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 555mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 5g fiber), 16g protein.

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  • Shane
    Feb 14, 2021

    Delicious! I made it for my wife and me tonight. We loved it. We used the full complement of spices and it’s perfect.

  • wendy
    Dec 27, 2020

    Great soup. I did cut down of the spice by a tiny bit, used only 3 teaspoons of curry and a 1/4 of a teaspoon of cayenne....I wanted to make sure I could eat it. It's great. Will make again, was totally happy. Thanks for sharing.

  • Calamity_Jane
    Mar 27, 2017

    Outstanding! My husband demanded it again two days later. It's also great with leftover turkey in place of the chicken.