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Chicken Mulligatawny Soup

With this week’s recipe comes an admission: I’m a Seinfeld fan. My dad got me into reruns, and I’ve been a fan ever since. One of my favorite episodes was The Soup Nazi, and that’s where I first heard of mulligatawny. I had no idea what it was, but my subconscious must have been paying attention because I was soooo excited when I found this Chicken Mulligatawny Soup recipe.

The accompanying blog post gives the history of this soup, and it was an interesting read. It’s a blend of Indian and British foods that includes an unusual ingredient: apples. I’m also a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race, so I read “apples” in the Alyssa Edwards “back rolls” voice. If you don’t know what that is, imagine “apples” an incredulous southern accent. Chicken, vegetables, curry, cream–I’m good with all that. Apples? In chicken curry? I don’t know about this…

Chicken Mulligatawny curry soup! So EASY to make and absolutely delicious, you will want to make over and over again.

Recipe Author: Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes
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The Ingredients

Indian food might sound exotic, but the ingredients should be easy to find in any well-stocked grocery store. The ingredients list was long-ish but full of pretty basic stuff. I had to buy almost everything for this recipe and had no trouble finding the ingredients nor were they unusually expensive.

This recipe calls for yellow curry powder, and I had a bottle in my pantry (one of the few ingredients I had on hand). I used a blend by Frontier Co-Op. It didn’t specifically say Indian curry, but it was yellow in person, so I went with it. I like this brand because their curry powder is flavorful but not too hot.

Chicken Mulligatawny Soup Ingredients
Chicken thighs, curry powder, celery, carrots, chicken stock, basmati rice, onion, heavy cream, butter, bay leaves, granny smith apples, extra virgin olive oil, and salt

The Process

The time listed for this recipe was 1 hour, and I came pretty darn close to that. Here’s how my time was spent:

  • 11 minutes for prep work
  • 55 minutes to cook
  • 1 hour 6 minutes total

Not bad, eh?

The instructions broke everything down into easy to follow steps, and I wasn’t left with any “what does that mean” moments. I especially liked the bolded summary text at the beginning of each step. It gave a broad overview of what I would need to do next and was really helpful. Sometimes it’s the little things.

Speaking of little things, I do have to recommend a couple of gadgets to make the prep work easier. A vegetable peeler and apple corer/slicer were really nice to have. They aren’t requirements, but they made my life a little easier.

Shredding the chicken thighs
Shredding the chicken thighs

So how was it?

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This soup was like nothing I've had before, but I guarantee I'll be having it again and again. Chicken mulligatawny is savory with a little spicy heat and a hint of sweetness from the apple and carrot. There was a touch of creaminess, but not too much. Going into making this recipe, I was skeptical about adding apples to chicken soup. It turns out that apples in curried chicken soup are de-li-ci-ous! They pretty much dissolve into the broth, so you aren't biting down on chunks of apple--just chicken and vegetables. It created a lovely blend of flavors I wasn't expecting but absolutely loved.
I'm Candice, and I'm The Hungry Pinner. I created this blog to share my love for cooking and my experiences with the MANY recipes I've found on Pinterest over the years. Join me as I blog my way through those recipes to find out if they are worth trying yourself.


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