Delicious Moroccan Chicken Soup Recipe

Accompanied with Moroccan couscous. Alternatively surround with vegetables for a colourful and appetizing treat.


3 tbsp olive oil
4 chicken drumsticks
4 chicken thighs
4 carrots chopped
4 leeks
1 small pumpkin cubed
2 courgettes chopped
4 ¼ pt chicken stock
14 oz chopped tinned tomatoes
1 zest of lemon
a handful of fresh coriander
4 tbsp sweet paprika
1 tbsp curry powder
1 tbsp cumin powder
4 bay leaves
2 cloves
½ tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp salt
12 ½ oz chick peas
salt and pepper


Step 1: Prepare the lemon zest
Bring the lemon zest to boil in a small pan for 2-3 minutes and then drain.

Step 2: Make the spice mix
Make the Moroccan seasoning mix by adding the paprika, cumin powder, curry powder, cayenne pepper and cloves into a bowl. Ensure this is mixed thoroughly. Then add the lemon zest and bay leaf.

Step 3: Get started
Heat the oil in a large saucepan on very high heat. Cook all the chicken pieces until golden on all sides, about 3 minutes per side. Season with salt and pepper and put them aside for now.

Step 4: Add the vegetables
Add the carrots and leek to the same pan. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for another five minutes.

Step 5: Add the spices
Add in the Moroccan spice mix with the salt. Stir till well incorporated and you can smell the aroma!

Step 6: Cook the chicken
Return the chicken pieces to the pan and then add the stock, chick peas and tomatoes purée. Bring this to a boil whilst stirring then reduce the heat to simmer for an hour.

Step 7: Cook the final ingredients
Stir in the pumpkin and courgettes and cook gently for another 20 minutes, until all the vegetables are thoroughly cooked.

Step 8: Garnish the meal and serve
Place one piece of chicken thigh and one drumstick on a plate per person, with a few pieces of each of the vegetables surrounding it, making a colourful presentation. Sprinkle some of the coriander on top, to add the final touch.

Serve this delicious meal with couscous as an accompaniment.

Serves: 4

Preparation Time for Moroccan Chicken Soup: 30 minutes

Cooking Time for Moroccan Chicken Soup: 90 minutes