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Not Your Grandma’s Chicken Soup


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Not Your Grandma’s Chicken Soup


  • Prep Time : 15 min
  • Cook Time : 1 hour
  • Ready Time : 1 hour, 15 min




  • Cooking Spray
  • 3-4 pounds chicken thighs, skin removed on the bone
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro stems finely chopped and 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced fine
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, grated or minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground tumeric
  • 2 large carrots, cut into coins
  • 1 large (or 2 small) zucchini, cut into coins
  • 1 large tomato, cut into chunks
  • 1 large (or 2 small) Idaho potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 2 quarts water
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper


Coat the bottom of a large soup pot with nonstick cooking spray and heat on medium temperature.
Add onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cilantro stems and chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until onions soften and chicken gives off natural juices, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Add 1 to 2 cups water so that chicken is just covered. This will prevent it from sticking. Cook for 20 minutes on low uncovered.

Add the carrots, zucchini, tomato, potato and stir. Cook until vegetables just start to soften, about 5 minutes. Fill pot with water until the chicken and vegetables are covered by at least 4 to 6 inches. Again add salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste. Stir well.

Bring to boil and reduce to simmer. Skim the fat and foam off the top of the soup. Let soup simmer on low covered for 40 more minutes. Right before serving stir in cilantro leaves.

Note: You may also use green beans, peas and/or cauliflower as additional vegetables if you wish. Can be served as is, with koobas or over rice.

About Mekhal Kramer


Micky is a busy mom, home cook, foodie and blog writer.  She strives to provide easy, delicious and health conscious recipes to readers on her blog, Test My Recipes.  In addition to posting recipes, she also writes food themed articles.  Micky's comes from a long line of fantastic and creative cooks and  loves to share her take on her family's recipes along with her own creations. She firmly believes that food can bring people together and be the basis for lasting memories




One Response to Not Your Grandma’s Chicken Soup

  1. avatar says: d wain

    this recipe was fantastic, i thought that the salt was the key, add a little more than what it calls for. also, i made some matzah balls and simmered them in the soup for about 15 minutes before i served it, great addition. i have a ton frozen in my freezer and am planning on making this again!

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