Lazy Zucchini-Chicken-Coconut Soup

I call this soup “lazy” because it came into existence due to my lack of time/patience/skill to cook dry beans for a green chicken chili I had planned. Instead, I decided to raid my other on-hand ingredients and put together a soup that didn’t require hours of soaking or simmering. As with most of the recipes posted here, you could easily swap out the veggies and seasonings used if you’re missing something or prefer a different flavor. I found this to be a great quick option for a lazy night, plus it made enough that dinner is taken care of tomorrow as well!

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  • 1 lb. chicken breast
  • 1 white or yellow onion
  • 2 jalapenos
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1 c. cut carrots (approx.)
  •  1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 5-6 basil leaves
  • 15 oz  (1 can) chickpeas (or use dried if  you’re fancy/patient)
  • 12.5 oz (1 can) coconut milk
  • 32 oz. chicken broth
  • Spices (I used curry powder, cumin, coriander,  paprika and ginger)
  • Olive oil
  • Lime (for garnish)

20130430_195639Chop 1/2 onion roughly and cut chicken breast into small cubes. Season raw chicken with spices. Heat oil in deep pot over medium high. Once hot, add onions and chicken. Stir periodically as you chop jalapenos, zucchini, carrots and garlic. Once chicken is no longer pink (don’t over cook, though – the chicken will continue to heat as you compile the soup) and add remaining veggies.

Add more olive oil to coat veggies and continue to heat until veggies begin to soften. Stir in chopped cilantro, basil and chickpeas, then add coconut milk. Add chicken broth and stir. Depending on the volume of your veggies and chicken, you may want to add more water so you have extra broth. There should be plenty of spices in there to support a few cups of added water without losing flavor.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until veggies are soft enough for your liking. Add salt and pepper to taste.

20130430_203949I served mine with a lime wedge, which I think added a nice acidity to compliment the richness of the coconut milk. Overall, this was super satisfying – probably better than my original labor-intensive dry bean recipe! So the moral of the story is, if something seems too difficult, just give up and try something easier and it will come out better….or something like that! Hope you enjoy!

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