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Spiced chicken and vegetable soup

Soups are a brilliant way to help towards your 5 A Day! Packed with vegetables and a spicy kick, this one's the perfect winter warmer.

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Serves 4

Nutritional information

Per portion:

  • 919kJ / 219kcal
  • 20.4g protein
  • 19.9g carbohydrate, of which 17.4g sugars
  • 4.9g fat, of which 0.9g saturates
  • 6.7g fibre
  • 0.6g salt


  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 250g swede, turnip or parnsip, chopped
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 0.5 teaspoon cumin seeds (optional)
  • 1 litre reduced-salt vegetable or chicken stock
  • 400g tomatoes, chopped
  • 200g cooked chicken, skin removed, chopped
  • 50g frozen peas
  • 4 tablespoons low-fat natural yoghurt
  • 1 pinch fresh mint (optional)


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan and gently fry the onion and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes, until softened. Add the carrots, apple, and the swede, turnip or parsnip. Cook for another 2 minutes.

  2. Stir in the curry powder and cumin seeds (if using) and cook gently for a few seconds. Pour in the reduced-salt stock and add the tomatoes.


    If spice is not your thing and you would prefer a Mediterranean flavour, swap the cumin seeds and curry powder for 1 tablespoon of mixed dried Italian herbs, and use basil instead of mint.

  3. Bring up to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for about 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.

  4. Add the peas and cooked chicken, and simmer gently for another 3 to 4 minutes. Ladle the soup into warm bowls and serve each portion topped with 1 tablespoon of yoghurt and a few mint leaves (if using), and an optional wholemeal roll if you like.


    For a vegetarian version, switch the chicken for a 400g can of chickpeas in water, drained, and make sure you use vegetable stock.

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