A South American proverb maintains that ‘A good broth will resurrect the dead,’ and I think I agree. There is nothing quite as welcoming as the aroma of a delicious soup on the make.
As a child, I had a special Peter Rabbit bowl that was only brought out to tempt me to eat whenever I was sick, and quite often the contents of that bowl was a homemade chicken soup – not unlike this one. I think soup has become a time-honored family tradition to heal any sick member of the family, who has anything wrong with them at all, ever since.
No matter what the ailment, you cannot help but feel better when a steaming bowl of this soup arrives. But don’t wait to be sick to try it, this recipe is a fantastic lunch on the go or family dinner (cue fresh bread), and you can only hope there are leftovers!
The best part is that all the delicate flavours are there, without the hours of preparation and continuous stirring that is usually associated with soup making – thank you Thermomix.
I do suggest making your own chicken stock powder but if you don’t have the time, make sure you use a good-quality, additive-free store-bought version.
This amazing recipe has swapped out the noodles for zoodles, (no that is not a spelling error!), but I’m pretty sure you won’t miss them at all. You will, however, need a spiralizer for this recipe (unless you want to swap the noodles back in).
Chicken zoodle soup
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 28 mins
Total time: 33 mins
- 1 handful fresh parsley
- 6 spring onions, quartered
- 2 cloves garlic
- 20g fresh ginger, peeled
- 20g extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 2 carrots, peeled and diced
- 1 stalk celery, diced
- 3 - 4 tbsp Tenina's chicken stock powder recipe. If using store-bought stock (see tips below)
- 800g water
- 750g chicken thigh fillets, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 zucchini, 'zoodled' (see kitchen notes below)
- Place parsley into Thermomix bowl and chop 3 sec/speed 7. Set aside.
- Place spring onion, garlic, ginger and extra virgin olive oil into Thermomix bowl and chop 3 sec/speed 7. Scrape down sides of bowl and chop again if any large pieces remain.
- Scrape down sides of bowl and add turmeric. Sauté 5 min/Varoma/speed 1. Add carrot, celery, stock powder and water and cook 15 min/100°C/Reverse/speed 1.
- Add chicken and cook 7 min/100°C/Reverse/speed 1. Pour hot soup over zoodles, sprinkle with parsley and serve.
If using store-bought stock powder, follow packet directions to see how much is required. Taste as you go because saltiness can vary from brand to brand.
To make zoodles using your spiralizer, first trim the ends off your zucchini. Line up the thickest end of the zucchini with the whole at the front end of spiralizer. Push the sharp gripper into the opposite end to ensure the zucchini is secure. Wind the spiralizer hand clockwise and you should begin to see your zoodles emerge.
Tenina Holder worked as the first-ever official recipe developer for Thermomix Australia, and has literally hundreds of recipes for the machine you know and love. If you own a Thermomix, you have probably cooked one or more of her dishes. She also did a lot of work for the Thermomix parent company Vorwerk International, which was tough, because she had to make several trips to Europe, (but someone had to do it)!
Tenina has become the premium go-to source for all Thermomixing expertise and, of course, fresh and easy recipes that work. Her cooking classes sell out in hours, her many cookbooks frequently appear on the Australian best seller lists and her Spin A Dinner app hovers around on top of the charts. Her following is growing and global with people as far away as Chile and Kazakhstan. Tenina is not afraid of salt, butter or sugar and believes chocolate is a health food.
Her spare time is spent dreaming up new cooking projects, visiting with her grandchildren, pinning delectable pictures to Pinterest and planning her next culinary tourist trek. Tenina has been seen without her trademark pearls, but rarely without her lip gloss.