Chicken Curry Soup

Chicken Curry Soup

Today, it is Freezing in Pretoria. Absolutely toe-numbing, teeth chattering freezing. And the only thing I want to do is jump back under the covers with a bowl of this soup…even though it’s only 07:40am.

When I told some friends that I was making Chicken Curry soup, the response was quite amusing. Some said it sounds good, some said it sounds strange and some just nodded and smiled. Trust me on this one, this is incredible. It really is just a basic chicken curry recipe that I added extra chicken stock and cream to. It’s that simple. And I decided to make Naan bread with it which is just as simple, don’t be intimidated. This is not an original Naan bread recipe, but it works. The bread not only tastes divine, it also looks gorgeous. And I love being able to give each person their own Naan to eat with their soup.

Chicken Curry Soup

If you are worried that your kids won’t be able to eat this soup, simply leave out the chillies/chilli flakes. I always remove some of the soup for my kids before adding the hot spices but they still get the aromatic coriander, cumin, nutmeg and paprika. And in these cold, flu-filled months, I add loads of ginger and garlic to our food because of it’s immune boosting qualities, also, it tastes great.

Served with fresh coriander (this really is fresh coriander, for once) and a squeeze of lemon juice, this soup is absolutely comfort-in-a-bowl.

Naan Bread

Serves 4

1kg chicken pieces, poached with skin and bones removed and meat shredded
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 large carrots, peeled and finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp crushed ginger
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp each nutmeg and cloves
1 bay leaf
1 tsp crushed chillies / 1 red chilli, finely chopped (optional)
1 tsp sugar
1.5l chicken stock
100ml cream
salt & pepper to taste
Naan bread
4 cups flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
1tbsn Sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
4tbsn Oil
5 tbsn Melted Butter

  1. In a large pot, fry the onion, carrots and celery in a bit of oil until soft and translucent.
  2. Add the garlic and ginger and fry for another minute before adding the tomatoes and spices. Allow to cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the sugar and stir into the spicy mixture.
  4. Add the shredded chicken and stir to coat the chicken in all the spices and vegetables.
  5. Carefully pour in the stock and allow the soup to come up to a simmer. Simmer gently for 10 minutes until the vegetables are cooked and the soup looks rich and fragrant.
  6. Add the cream and season to taste. Serve with the Naan bread.
  7. For the Naan bread,Pre-heat the oven to the hottest setting you can. (I have a fan-assisted oven that I put on 250 and I switch the grill on)
  8. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into a large bowl.
  9. Mix the sugar, milk, egg and 2 tbsn of the oil together.
  10. Make a well in the centre of the flour mix and add the fluids.
  11. Mix well and then turn onto a floured surface and knead well.
  12. Add the rest of the oil and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and all the oil is incorporated.
  13. Place back into the bowl, cover and leave to rest for 2-3 hours.
  14. Divide into 8 balls, roll and shape into ovals with the palms of your hands.
  15. Bake until puffed and brown.
  16. Brush with melted butter the moment it comes out of the oven.
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Alida Ryder
Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Antonina

    Lovely…. looks delicious !! Have a nice day !

    • Ally_R

      Antonina : Thanks!

      Sam : This naan recipe is so easy and the bread comes out really delicious.

      Mandie : I didn’t know they had curry chicken soup, you must try this! It’s sooo yum!

      Lindsay : That’s always the problem with reading blogs in different hemispheres, right now, I’m craving all the salads and beautiful fresh foods that Summer brings!

      Charissa : Wow, thank you! Comments like that just make my day! :)

      Tess : thanks! Naan is one of my favourites!

      Mary : thank you so much for the kind words! :)

  • Sam

    That looks stunning and exactly what is needed in freezing CT today. I love naan bread so am keen to try this recipe.

  • Mandie

    I got a curry chicken soup from Woolies recently that was surprisingly good. So I’m definitely interested in making a version at home. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum

    This looks so good! Where was this when I needed warm, spicy comfort food all winter?! :) I will bookmark it for a rainy summer day. Yum!

  • Charissa

    The beauty of this post just…oh, it’s so pretty! Love the photos, the bowls you used…the soup looks SO crazy good. Everything about this post is so perfect. You have a lovely blog!

  • Tess

    Love your Naan, they look awesome!

  • Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls

    That looks divine!!!! OMG! Bookmarked to make soon!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  • Peter

    Love the recipe but have you tried to print it? Please could you ask your webmaster to create a link to a printer-friendly version.
    Luv, Peter XXXxxXXX

    • Ally_R

      There is a print-friendly version, at the top of the post, just underneath the title, you’ll see 9 little icons. One of them will be a print option.

  • Marisa

    I would definitely be in for curry soup! And those naan breads just seal the deal. Gotta make this.

  • Autumn Dahy

    I just made this tonight- it was really good! Definitely a seal of approval from my husband and I, will make it again. I’m really happy to find a healthy recipe that has a lot of good flavor. I might blog later and link back! :D

  • Autumn Dahy

    Yay I blogged about my success with this recipe! Thanks so much for a lovely dinner.

  • johanntheron

    this sure looks great…i will try it soon…

  • marla

    Gonna link back to these awesome curry in my upcoming post :)

  • Faith

    -47 degrees C today! Might be the day to try this beautiful recipe!!! Hmm… warm in a bowl!

  • Stacey Lyne

    I am in LOVE with these dishes! Do you mind telling me the brand or where you got them? Can’t wait to try this recipe, thanks for sharing!

    • Ally_R

      Stacey, I got them at a South African store called Woolworths. They were apparently hand-made in Portugal.

  • Stacey Lyne

    Thanks Ally! I researching them online, hopefully they will turn up, i gotta have them!

  • Meg

    By tin of tomatoes do you mean a can? How much?

    • Ally_R

      Yes, one tin. In SA they’re about 475g I think.

  • Judit – Corina @WineDineDaily

    love the flavor of chicken curry soup, your home made naan looks great!

  • Stephanie

    Is the Naan recipe missing yeast?

    • Ally_R

      Hi Stephanie, no it’s not. That’s the beauty of this recipe. It works perfectly, I promise!

  • Rachel

    So… I was Really excited about this but the naan is 100% not working. I used 4 cups of flour, the sugar, baking soda, salt, 4 tbs of oil (olive), 1/2 cup milk (almond)… and only 1/2 of the flour was wet enough to incorporate into the mixture. also, what was incorporated was not even sticking together. have I done something wrong? It seems like there is some component of liquid missing. had to throw it all away :(

    • Ally_R

      Rachel, I’m so sorry the recipe didn’t work. I make this Naan bread all the time so I can’t imagine what could’ve gone wrong. You don’t mention the melted butter, did you include that? I’m not sure if Almond milk will make a difference as I’ve never cooked with it but I can’t imagine it will. Next time you make it, perhaps try to add more milk and oil and knead until the dough comes together, you can even use water. I’m trying to think what else could’ve gone wrong but I really can’t imagine what it could be as I make this all the time, as I’ve said.

      • Jess

        It didn’t work for me either. The soup was delicious, but the bread was way too dry, I kept adding water & oil to it, had to add quite a bit. It came out of the oven as hard rocks. You asked the previous poster if she included butter, the recipe only says to brush with butter, was the butter suppose to be incorporated into the dough? The proportions of wet/dry seemed off to me… 4 cups of flour to only 4 tb oil, 1/2 cup milk & 1 egg? Maybe I’m missing something? Thanks!

        • Alida Ryder

          Jess, no, I made a mistake in that comment, the butter doesn’t get included. I can’t imagine why it’s not coming together and why it’s going rock hard. I’ve made this bread so many times. I’ll bake it again in the next week and will just make sure again of quantities. I apologise for it not working, I hate when recipes don’t work. I’ll re-post here once I’ve re-tested the recipe.

  • kevin

    Just made this… It’s the best recipe for curry I’ve ever tried. It came out so bold and flavorful and was pretty easy too. I added red potatoes and peas. I go through so many recipes over the net that are not up to par but this one is a WINNER. Thank you!

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks Kevin. What a lovely comment. I’m so glad you enjoyed this curry, it’s one of my favourites as well. You’ll find all my recipes here, on my blog, and then in my new cookbook Simple & Delicious: Recipes from the Heart. :)

      • kevin

        The pleasure is all mine… there’s curry dripping down my chin as we speak (again!) lol. I’m definitely going to buy the cook book!

  • kevin

    I would love to try any other of your recipes you can offer… website, email, however. Thanks again!

  • kevin

    Oh, I’m sorry… I think this is your website. I was routed here from my Iphone app “Food Gawker”.

  • Lori

    Regarding baking the naan – do I preheat oven to hottest setting and leave it at that when baking? Mine goes up to 500F. Also, do you bake first in oven then out on the grill? I have baking stones for my grill. Can I just do all on the grill and skip the oven step? Can’t wait to try. My family loves naan.

    • Alida Ryder

      Lori, it’s just important that your oven is at the hottest it can be. You can grill it as well, just make sure that it doesn’t burn.

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