Dana Gallagher
Recipe

Spicy Indian Chicken Soup

Serves 6

Directions

  • 1Bring chicken, water, and 1 tablespoon salt to a boil in a large stockpot. Skim foam. Add onions, garlic, and chopped ginger. Reduce heat. Simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes.
  • 2Remove breast, and set aside. Simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes.
  • 3Strain soup through a sieve. Reserve legs and thighs, and discard remaining solids. Let chicken cool slightly. Remove meat from bones, and slice.
  • 4Heat oil in a stockpot over medium-high heat. Cook spices until fragrant and mustard seeds are popping, about 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes. Cook, stirring, until liquid has evaporated, about 4 minutes. Add reserved soup, chile, and ginger slices. Simmer for 5 minutes. Skim fat. Season with salt. Stir chicken into soup. Garnish with scallions, and serve with orange wedges.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken (about 4 pounds), cut into pieces (including back)
  • 8 cups water
  • Coarse salt
  • 2 medium onions, quartered
  • 6 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh ginger, plus 3 thin slices
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons whole coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon whole mustard seeds (yellow or brown)
  • 6 canned whole peeled tomatoes, finely chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 serrano chile, thinly sliced
  • Garnish: sliced scallions and orange wedges

Cook's Notes

The soup can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months.

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