Chilli chicken soup
22nd June 2011

Chilli chicken soup

By Lauren Photography by Adam

Chicken soup is just plain good for the soul. I make the effort to use free range chicken where possible – I think the flavour is much deeper, and it shines through in this warming soup. I love clear soups; a nourishing broth to cure what ails you. This one is particularly tasty, made with some of my favourite Mexican-inspired flavours. At this time of year it is a nice change to have a runny nose as a result of eating something spicy, rather than from a dose of cold or flu!


Serves 6
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  • 6 free-range chicken legs
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ tsp each of ground cumin, coriander, oregano
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  • 2 rashers bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 red onion, finely diced
  • 2 sticks celery, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups chicken stock – try this recipe here from Susie
  • 1 cup water
  • 600g pumpkin, cubed
  • 1 tsp juniper berries
  • Zest and juice of one lime
  • Cracked black pepper
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  • 250g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 5 stalks spring onions, finely sliced
  • 1 each green, red, and yellow fresh long chillies, very finely sliced
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander, chopped
  • Optional: sour cream


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  • 1. Rub chicken pieces with cumin, coriander and oregano. Heat oil in a medium-sized pan and add squashed, whole garlic cloves to season the oil. When sizzling add chicken and brown well on all sides. Set aside.
  • 2. In a soup pot sauté bacon, red onion, celery, garlic and ground cumin over a medium heat. Once onion is soft and translucent, add wine, turn up heat and cook off the alcohol. Add stock and water; reduce heat to a gentle simmer.
  • 3. Add pumpkin and juniper berries. Add chicken pieces and simmer uncovered for around 20 minutes – until pumpkin is tender and chicken cooked through.
  • 4. Season to taste, add lime zest and juice. Pour into serving bowls, removing any juniper berries, and top each with a handful of halved cherry tomatoes, finely diced spring onions, finely sliced chilli pieces, chopped fresh coriander and (optional) a dollop of sour cream.


  1. albertocook

    I am very happy to have found your blog.I have a blog of Italian recipes but I like to experiment with new flavours.I think that your recipes are delicious

  2. Lauren

    Thanks albertocook :) It is very kind of you to say – we are very proud of our wee blog.

  3. Kirsten @ Green Global Travel

    Looks so yummy!

  4. Lauren

    Thanks Kirsten!

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