Moroccan Chicken Soup

October 23, 2009 | By andrea | Filed in: Chicken, Main Dish, Middle Eastern, Recipes, Soup/Stew.


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.

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2 comments on “Moroccan Chicken Soup

  1. Jenny says:

    This stew was delicious, nutritious and easy to make, took about fifteen minutes. I also added the fresh cilantro, which complemented the flavors in the stew nicely. A wonderful winter meal for the family. I would highly recommend trying it!

  2. Vicki says:

    Really quick and easy. I needed something in a hurry and this was fast, nutritious, and used my left over chicken and what I already had in my pantry! I love that these recipes are tested by Andrea so I can trust them on the first try….that’s a real timesaver!