Curried Chicken Noodle Soup

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Yes, it is yet another soup recipe. I know that lately, with all these sub zero temperatures we’re having across the nation, there have been 101 soup posts. Well, I figured we needed a 102nd one because you need a different soup for each of the days πŸ™‚ I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s soup posts and it’s great to have so many choices when I’m ready to make soup again. A particular favourite I’m eyeing is Kitchen Riffs wonderful Harira.

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Actually, I really had no intention of sharing this recipe and I just made it for our dinner over the weekend while we watched the NFL playoffs, but it ended up being so good, that I changed my scheduled post to this soup one. Truth be told, I just really wanted to share my snow photos with you all and this was an excuse. These are in no way impressive in the amounts of snow fall, but I thought they were pretty cool.

chairs in the snow

Though Denver has not seen the bitter cold and the accumulation of the Midwest and Northeast, it’s still been quite cold, and when the snow starts falling, I like to eat slurpy noodles. I don’t know why I like noodles in cold weather, but I do, I think I mentioned that before when I made my Chicken Laksa, also on a very cold day.

grill in the snow

note the snow fell off the grill handle but froze in place

One of my must haves with soup that doesn’t have noodles is a loaf of nice, crusty bread. Alas, since I’m giving gluten free a try this month, bread is off limits. I can’t say that I’m seeing any benefit to the whole gluten free but I’ll stick with it for a while longer since I’m eating less and don’t feel so full. I suppose that’s a good thing.

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So, since there could be no bread with soup, I really had to have slurpy noodles. My choice for noodles were Chinese/Thai rice noodles. Try and get the ones made there since they are sturdier than the Thai Kitchen ones that totally disintegrate. My plan was also to have more of a noodle dish than a soup dish, more like a stew-soup. It worked out well since some of the kids wanted soupy and some wanted noodle-y. It can be adjusted very easily.

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The other comforting thing about this Curried Chicken Noodle Soup is the warm spices. The fragrant cinnamon, a touch of cumin and coriander, radiate a warming sensation as you eat it. It’s also full of soup vegetables and finished off with spinach that wilts nicely in the hot broth. Like all soups, it’s very versatile and you can add and minus any vegetables and meat. Leave the noodles πŸ™‚ You need the comfort that slurping noodles brings.

The quantities below make a big batch but we ate it once and then enjoyed the leftovers the next day when it continued to snow.

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Curried Chicken Noodle Soup

Calories: 3047

Fat: 30g

delicious and warming soup with chicken, noodles and Indian spices.
  • 4 cups chicken, cooked and shredded (a whole chicken)
  • 14oz/397g pack rice noodles
  • 6 large carrots, sliced thin
  • 1lb/455g mushrooms, cleaned and chopped, medium size pieces
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1 lb/455g baby spinach
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin, ground
  • 2 teaspoons corinader, ground
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric, ground
  • ½ teaspoon red cayenne powder
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 12 cups/3L chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons coconut or avocado oil
  1. Start by browning the onions in the oil.
  2. When they are caramelised, add the garlic and ginger pastes and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
  3. Add all the spices.
  4. Cook about a minute in the oil.
  5. Add the carrots and the mushrooms and cook about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the broth and and bring to a simmer.
  7. Break the rice noodles in half if desired, and add to the pot.
  8. Simmer the broth until the noodles are cooked through, 10-12 minutes.
  9. Add the chicken and heat through.
  10. Add the spinach and allow it to wilt.
  11. If the soup thickens too much after the noodles are added and cooked, thin out with some water or extra broth.
  12. Serve in bowls and look out for a noodle whipping.
I usually cook a whole chicken in my pressure cooker with an onion, a couple of celery sticks, a couple of carrots, peppercorns, and some garlic cloves and about 4 qts water. It takes about 25-30 minutes depending in your chicken size. Then I strain the broth and debone the chicken. The soup can be ready in an hour.

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Keep warm, everyone! Make lots of soup and turn on that oven and bake something fun!Β 

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  5. Nazeen, this is such a heart and body warming soup… Your pictures are so nice.. It must have been freezing to take them out there … I hope you’ve bundled up enough.
    I like snow when I am AT HOME πŸ™‚ and to look at it from inside but I do not like going out and play in the snow berrrrrr
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  6. Soup season is on πŸ™‚ Your pictures are STUNNING! I love the flavors of the soup. I must try it πŸ™‚ Great photos of the snow also πŸ™‚ but I rather be inside anyway! Stay warm πŸ™‚

  7. Gosh! So much snow! I don’t know how I would ever survive such cold freezing temps. Here I am enjoying the night and day temp of 21 degree to 28 degree respectively. Actually nice and balmy tropical winter sun…wish I could send some over πŸ˜€
    My heart goes out to those braving such harsh winters especially the ones without a shelter.

    For me soup is THE thing to have in winter coz not only is it comforting, it also uplifts my spirits. I feel a surge of energy. Btw, I have fallen in love with your second shot!
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    • Thanks Asha! It’s beginning to melt now, but I’m sure there’s another storm on the horizon πŸ™‚ I don’t mind, I like the cooler climes.

  8. This soup looks so yummy, as it is raining here today in Parkes, I think I need to make it, thank you for the recipe! I can’t believe the snow though as I looked at your photos in wonderment, especially the snow on the BBQ!

  9. I have a friend who has just moved to Dayton and has posted photos of the snow! It just be so cold, and therefore, chicken soup so warming, I love the recipe, and since we have had constant rain overnight here in Parkes, I think I need to make chicken soup! Thank you for your recipe xx

    • The Midwest got a crazy amount of snow and the wind chill was awful. My sisters in Columbus and they were hit hard too. I hope you like the soup Andrea. Thanks for the comment.

  10. Awww, thanks for the kind link to my Harira! I don’t think it’s possible to have too many soup recipes, particularly if the weather stays cold. Polar vortex? Who knew?! I’ve never made a curried chicken noodle soup, but love the idea. I gotta try this! Fun recipe, and great snow pictures! Thanks.
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    • You’re welcome John! I loved your harira and am going to make it very soon. No kidding right, polar vortex?? Wow. Hope you guys stayed warm!

    • Thanks Denise! Snow was challenging since it was still snowing when I was trying to take the photos. The bigger challenge was trying to take off the snow boots…

    • You poor thing! You guys got hit hard. Hope all is well with home and the kids. Stay warm, my dear.

    • Anytime Abbe! Actually, I usually get all my spices from Arash usually, they have a pretty decent selection. If I need something more regional Indian then I have a place close by me I go to. If you’re on Parker Rd, you’ll find a few Indian shops. Let me know if you want to go one day and we can. Xx

  11. So often soup is exactly what I crave. This recipe looks wonderful, Nazneen. I have been learning how and when to use more “Indian” spices and love the flavors. We also are trying to not eat breads or anything with flour.
    So…sandwiches are out. That is when soup hits the spot. I plan to make this as soon as I can find a source for the Asian noodles. I love thick, chewy noodles.
    When we make soup we usually freeze at least enough for the two of us to have lunch or a light dinner at a later time. We don’t have any hungry teenagers looking in the frig for instant gratification so often find that soup recipes are pretty big for us. But….even though hubby tells me not to make so much I do it anyway. There is nothing like leftovers!
    Thanks for the recipe!

    • Thank Caterina! Hope you are well up there. I’m sure it’s been regular seasonal weather for you? If you can’t find the imported noodles. Just use rice noodles from the Asian section of King Soopers or Safeway. Just don’t over cook them and it’s best to not freeze those, they will turn mushy.

    • Yes! It’s been crazy cold especially for you in the South there! Hope you were able to stay warm and cosy!

  12. I can barely read what you wrote because I keep looking at the bowl of noodles and wanting to dig in! : ) It has been brutally cold and this is just the kind of meal we’re all craving. I don’t think I’d have any leftovers despite the big batch this makes. : ) Stay warm!
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    • Thanks Monica! I hope you all are well too and keeping warm. Should be beginning to warm up a bit now. Is the sun out?

  13. It isn’t even cold here and I want some of that soup! It is beautiful, and your photos both chill me to the bone and warm my heart! Soups are perfect food, and I look forward to 103!
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    • Thanks David! Tucson didn’t get cold? I was surprised that the either day Houston woke up to below freezing temps and we were in the 40’s! Something wrong there! Have a great week David xx

  14. Great recipe and photos. I can’t quite get enough of the beautiful snowy landscapes – so thanks for sharing yours.

  15. I love soupy noodles, something to get your teeth into whilst having all that tasty broth. This looks like a great recipe and your photos are fab. It looks like the weather is really bad over there. The headline on the Daily Mail this morning was HELL FREEZES OVER! Apparently theres a town in The States called Hell. Keep warm. GG xx
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    • Aaah, trust the Daily Mail to be on top of the news! It’s been cold, but we saw our frigid weather earlier on in the season. We are relatively warm considering!

  16. I have to admit, I am not a soup person… at all, though i always wanted to like it because its so good for you. With all those beautiful colours and big delicious pieces, this looks like something I can actually get into.
    Looks so yummy.
    *kisses* H

    • I know what you mean, sometimes I don’t like all the soupy stuff and want chunks of things with some sauce. This is why this soup is good, it’s not really soup πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Lea Ann! I agree, it’s always wonderful to have all these inspirations for soup. And yes GO BRONCOS!!

  17. Whether the warm is warm or cold, I can enjoy noodles any time…especially the slurpy kind. Curried makes it even more crave-worthy for me. Like I am craving at this time when it is a different dinner menu here. You are right..your snow photos marry so well with the lovely dish. I’m sure such beautiful dinners will keep the entire family warm.
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    • Thank you so much Sonali! The soup was a treat on that cold day. I like noodles in all weather too, bit of a sucker for the slurpys.

  18. That soup tastes and looks divine, and I love it against the snow – what beautiful photos! I love the snow, but hate the cold. I have no idea how I managed to survive living in Holland through winter, especially as I used to ride through the snow on my bicycle in my nice warm jacket, normally accompanied by a miniskirt with tights and boots. Madness! I know you say that it isn’t as cold in Denver as it is in all those other cities that are all over the news with their arctic weather, but it must be pretty cold for the ice to freeze on your BBQ like it has πŸ˜‰
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    • Why does it not surprise me that you wore a mini skirt in winter on a bike ;)? What’s wonderful about Denver is that we have a desert type atmosphere, it’s quite dry. So, when it’s cold or even snowy, as long as there is no wind, it’s not very cold. I like it like that, cool and snowy πŸ™‚