There is nothing quite like curling up with a steaming hot bowl of soup on a nippy night. Soups spell comfort and warmth. Not only do they soothe your soul but they are also extremely healthy. It is super easy to swap one ingredient for the other without compromising much on the flavours. While some broths require precise technique and measured condiments, by and large most recipes give you ample room for creativity and experimentation. Every country simmers with its own variety. Chicken soups, however, are enjoyed across the globe as one of the best loved winter warmers.
Chicken when combined with garden fresh vegetables acts as a wholesome and healthy meal, adding broth to it makes it more filling and satiating. Soups are light on stomach, easy to digest and packed with nutrition. Chicken soup is often regarded as a one pot meal. You can add vegetables, noodles, pasta and other ingredients to turn it into a wholesome meal. Those of you who are following a particular diet or closely keep a track on your calorie consumption can opt for simple, clear chicken soups instead. According to Delhi-based weight management expert, Gargi Sharma, "Opt for a light dinner that would include teaming salads with some soup. Chicken soup can easily serve as a nutritious finale to your long, tiring day."
A hot bowl of chicken soup may warm you up from inside out and also drive away seasonal cold and flu. Chicken is a rich source of an amino acid called cysteine which helps in thinning the mucous build-up in the lungs for easy elimination. Not only this, the compound is believed to have properties that can combat adverse effects of alcoholism, including liver damage and hangover.
So, what are you waiting for? We've gathered our best chicken soup recipes for you. From the heartwarming Tibetan broth and Ladakhi Thupka to the classic Tom Yum and Mulligatawny, soup up one of our favourites.
1. Tom Yum Soup
Recipe by Chef Jareuk Sri Arun, The ITC Marriott Hotel, New Delhi
Get to taste a medley of exquisite ingredients bathed in oriental flavours. The classic tom yum soup simmering in your soup bowl
2. Tibetan Chicken Broth
Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal
Succulent chicken pieces cooked with fresh vegetables in an authentic Tibetan broth. Enjoy the coziness.
3. Chicken Mulligatawny Soup
Recipe by Chef Roopa Gulati
Make way for the all-time classic Mulligatawny with an addition of chicken. Slurp and satiate your appetite.
4. Cantonese Chicken Soup
Recipe by Executive Chef Hui Shing, Dong Restaurant
One of the star delicacies from an inexhaustible list of rich Cantonese food.
5. Ladakhi Chicken Thukpa Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal
Chef Aditya Bal cooks up his version of a heart-warming Ladakhi broth combining chicken, vegetables and delicate egg noodles.
6. Thai Noodle Soup
Recipe by Chef Nikhil and Natasha
The traditional Thai noodle soup gets a makeover by Chef Nikhil and Chef Natasha. Chicken teamed with crunchy peanuts, garden fresh broccoli and aromatic coconut gives you cracker of a soupy delicacy.
7. Lao Chicken Noodle Soup
Recipe by Chef Nikhil Chib
Presenting, a soupy sensation from the South-Asian country Laos. A simple and easy way to prepare this delighting chicken noodle soup.
8. Hot Noodle Soup
Recipe by Chef Vicky Ratnani
Create a wholesome meal for yourself by adding chicken strips to a delightful mix of noodle and a flavourful blend of hot spices, coconut milk and lime juice.
9. Chimney Soup
Recipe by Chef Andy Verma
Got some chicken, fish and spinach? Throw them in and enjoy this simple and wholesome soup.
Recipe by Chef Shivneet, ITC Maurya Sheraton
Explore the authentic flavours of Singaporean cuisine. Chicken, prawns and noodles are bathed in a concoction of shrimp paste, laksa paste and a mélange of exotic spices.