Here’s an exotic chicken soup that is easy to make and really delicious. Garam masala, an aromatic spice blend used in Indian cooking, gives the soup a ton of flavor. The garam masala I used is a blend of coriander, black pepper, cumin, cardamom and cinnamon.
I thought the soup was best served right after it was cooked when the zucchini was still slightly crisp. The couscous soaks up a lot of the broth over time so you may need to add more if reheating it on the second day. Serve with naan or some other type of flatbread.
Moroccan Chicken Soup
-recipe from America’s Test Kitchen 30-Minute Suppers
Just 1 teaspoon of garam masala, an Indian spice blend that includes cinnamon, cardamom, and black pepper, gives this quick-cooking soup depth and complexity. Serves 4.
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped fine
1 teaspoon garam masala
5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 (14.5-oz) can diced tomatoes
2 (15.5 oz) cans chickpeas (garbonzo beans), drained and rinsed
2 zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch pieces* (see Test Kitchen Note)
1/2 cup plain couscous
1 rotisserie chicken, skin discarded, meat shredded into bite-sized pieces (about 3 cups)
salt & pepper
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Cook onion until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in garam masala and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Add broth and tomatoes and bring to simmer. Stir in chickpeas, zucchini, and couscous and cook, covered, until couscous is tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.
Test Kitchen Note: Look for zucchini that are no longer than 8 inches as larger zucchini are overly seedy and tough. Serve with chopped cilantro and lemon wedges.