Spiced Chicken and Chickpea Soup


This comforting and easy chicken soup is flavored with warm spices and punchy ginger.  

Spiced Chicken Chickpea Soup
Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins

This is the chicken soup we're making over and over again on the days when we're seeking a bit of extra comfort. The first step is searing coriander-turmeric seasoned chicken thighs to build flavor. Then the chicken thighs simmer along with carrots and canned chickpeas in a broth infused with garlic, lemon, and ginger. Once the chicken is cooked through, shred it with two forks and return it to the pot with lemon juice and a few handfuls of dark leafy greens. The recipe calls for spinach, but torn kale or Swiss chard leaves are a great swap.


  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots (from 3 small carrots)

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (from 3 cloves)

  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger (from a 1-in. piece)

  • 1 15-oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • 4 cups lower-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest plus 1 Tbsp. fresh juice (from 1 lemon)

  • 3 cups baby spinach


  1. Combine coriander, turmeric, and salt in a small bowl. Rub chicken thighs evenly with mixture. Heat oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high. Add chicken; cook, undisturbed, until deep golden on 1 side, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  2. Add carrots to pot; cook, stirring often, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and ginger; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add chicken, chickpeas, broth, and lemon zest.

  3. Bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, covered, until carrots are tender and chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Remove chicken, shred into bite-size pieces, and return to pot.

  4. Add lemon juice and spinach to pot; cook, stirring constantly, until spinach wilts, about 1 minute.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 358 calories; fat 13g; cholesterol 80mg; sodium 1,292mg; carbohydrates 32g; dietary fiber 9g; protein 28g; sugars 7g; saturated fat 2g.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1 Calories
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 1
% Daily Value *

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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