Beginning with my Fast Chicken Soup Base it is easy to knock hours off of the cooking time usually needed for homemade chicken soup and still end up with soup that tastes even better than the 'from scratch' method. With a little creativity you can easily make two varieties of these soul-satisfying meals.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Prepare Fast Chicken Soup Base. Bring to a simmer.

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  • Add these, then simmer until tender, 10-20 minutes: 2 16-ounce cans chickpeas, drained; 2 cups bite-size cauliflower florets; 2 Tbs. curry powder; 1 13.5-ounce can coconut milk (optional, but very good).

  • Before removing from heat, stir in: 12 cup chopped fresh cilantro.

  • Final touch: Add salt and pepper, to taste. Serve soup with grated Parmesan cheese.

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Nutrition Facts

264 calories; 13.3 g total fat; 4 mg cholesterol; 574 mg sodium. 29.6 g carbohydrates; 9.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2011
5 stars with these modifications--added to basic recipe: 2 brown potatoes cubed;1/2 lb baby carrots sliced thin; 3/4c fresh snap peas; 1/4c Hot Madras Yellow Curry powder; 1T Turmeric; 1T red pepper flakes and 2tsps hot chili pepper powder we like our food spicy. 2tsps dry ginger; 1tsp dry basil; 2Tbs brown sugar; 1tsp lemon juice; 1/4c fresh chopped cilantro; 2T jar minced garlic; 1 whole green pepper diced. Before serving over white rice we topped with coarsely chopped peanuts thin sliced green onions and raisins. OMG this is wonderful. I am on a curry high. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/18/2009
It had great curry flavor but was still missing something. Read More
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14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2011
5 stars with these modifications--added to basic recipe: 2 brown potatoes cubed;1/2 lb baby carrots sliced thin; 3/4c fresh snap peas; 1/4c Hot Madras Yellow Curry powder; 1T Turmeric; 1T red pepper flakes and 2tsps hot chili pepper powder we like our food spicy. 2tsps dry ginger; 1tsp dry basil; 2Tbs brown sugar; 1tsp lemon juice; 1/4c fresh chopped cilantro; 2T jar minced garlic; 1 whole green pepper diced. Before serving over white rice we topped with coarsely chopped peanuts thin sliced green onions and raisins. OMG this is wonderful. I am on a curry high. Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2011
5 stars with these modifications--added to basic recipe: 2 brown potatoes cubed;1/2 lb baby carrots sliced thin; 3/4c fresh snap peas; 1/4c Hot Madras Yellow Curry powder; 1T Turmeric; 1T red pepper flakes and 2tsps hot chili pepper powder we like our food spicy. 2tsps dry ginger; 1tsp dry basil; 2Tbs brown sugar; 1tsp lemon juice; 1/4c fresh chopped cilantro; 2T jar minced garlic; 1 whole green pepper diced. Before serving over white rice we topped with coarsely chopped peanuts thin sliced green onions and raisins. OMG this is wonderful. I am on a curry high. Read More
(29)
Rating: 4 stars
10/26/2006
We would give this recipe a 4 1/2 stars if it were possible. We think we'll add some extra spices and maybe some garlic next time and leave out some of the water in the fast chicken soup base. It was really good. I used the coconut milk and low sodium broth. I also just put in white chicken meat and didn't use a whole chicken. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/25/2009
Great receipe. However I did not use the receipe for the fast chicken soup base I used swanson chicken broth. Not sure how much it affected the taste but I got rave reviews. I also added way more curry then suggested. Probably 3 tablespoons more. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2009
This was super tasty! I did tweak to our liking by adding 3 TBL curry as others suggested leaving the extra water out and only using 2 quarts chicken stock. I also added 1 TBL cumin and about 1 cup of cooked rice. Fantastic soup and this one going in rotation around here. Yummy! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/26/2006
I agree with the other reviewer that this recipe needs a bit less water in the Fast Chicken Base but other than that it was just about perfect! The coconut milk was a great touch that added to the soup's texture as well as the curry powder. I did however use 3 tbsp rather than 2 with the powder and believe that this added a bit more flavor. Very nice recipe to have in the collection! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/20/2010
I left out the cilantro because I'm not a fan but otherwise this is a tasty soup. I put it through the blender for my friend had her wisdom teeth removed and she thought it was fantastic. This soup is even better the next day: ) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2010
I used orzo instead of chickpeas and added an extra tablespoon of curry powder. Oh and I just used chicken breast and cooked it with the vegetables and box chicken broth for the soup base! It was delicious! Read More
(12)
Rating: 4 stars
03/05/2009
My boyfriend and I love this soup! In fact everytime I ask him to get groceries he comes home with coconut milk and chickpeas just for this. I've made it with boxed chicken broth before and it's good while not quite as homey. I also have switched it up by adding leftover curried potatoes when I didn't have chickpeas it was just as good! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/26/2011
My family loved this soup! Great flavor! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/18/2009
It had great curry flavor but was still missing something. Read More
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