Chicken Soup with Fresh Spices

Chicken Soup with Spices

I think chicken soup is one of those dish that taste even better the next day. The flavor seems to really seep into the other ingredients. We cook this soup last weekend, when I was not in the mood of spending too much time in the kitchen, grinding, cutting, washing, cooking. As you might have noticed, some of the recipes I have collected so far requires a lot of work, and sometimes they take up the whole Sundays.

I chopped up some vegetables into chunky pieces and some chicken breast. In general, soup that needs to be cooked longer than 20 minutes taste much better with bigger cut vegetables, since they don’t get soft and out of shape by the time the soup is all cooked.

I would have to say that I prefer my soup to be a bit greasy, since the chicken breast is just lean meat, I use some oil to lightly brown the ingredients before adding water. The spices used are whole spices, not ground, to keep the broth clean. They also lend mild fragrant to the soup, finely ground spices is usually too overwhelming, as what happens to a lot of other Indonesian soup dishes.

A bowl of chicken soup will never go wrong.


Chicken Soup with Fresh Spices

Makes 4 servings


3 tablespoons cooking oil, canola or olive
1 onion, quartered
1 tomato, quartered
1 carrot, cut into bite sizes
1 potato, cut into bite sizes
2 stalks chinese celery
1/2 (165 grams) chicken breast, cut into bite sizes
1 litre water
1 cm fresh ginger, peeled and
3 cloves
1/4 fresh nutmeg
1 cardamom pod
2 cm cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt


Heat cooking oil in a stockpot. Stir-fry onion, carrots, potatoes and chicken quickly till slightly brown for 2 minutes, over high heat

Add water into the stockpot

Combine all the spices into a muslin bag or a tea-strainer and drop into the stockpot.

Season with salt and pepper

Let boil and add celery into the soup. Scoop up the floating stuff on the soup if you wish

Simmer for 15 minutes or till the vegetables soften. Remove the spices

Serve warm with rice or bread

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10 Responses to “Chicken Soup with Fresh Spices”

  1. 1

    Michelle (Jelly Shot Test Kitchen) — September 15, 2010 @ 1:19 pm

    This soup looks so beautiful and fresh. Thanks for sharing the recipe – usually don’t get creative at all with the seasoning and just throw a bouquet garni in my soup and call it a day. I am excited to try it with cardamom, ginger nutmeg and cinnamon! Cheers, Michelle

    • Jun replied: — September 15th, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

      It was just a little twist in the other wise same old chicken soup. Glad you like it!

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    tigerfish — September 15, 2010 @ 8:38 pm

    I like it a lil’ greasy too, so as you might have guessed, I have not tried making chicken soup with chicken breast meat before. What a comfort soup!

    • Jun replied: — September 16th, 2010 @ 4:37 am

      If I am the one who do grocery shopping, I always come back with lean meat. My mother, she comes back with pork belly. Haha

  3. 3

    noobcook — September 17, 2010 @ 10:58 am

    your photo makes the soup looks so fresh and inviting. I love chicken soup too, such comfort food!

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    Pepy @Indonesia Eats — September 18, 2010 @ 5:40 pm

    This is my childhood chicken soup :) The difference, my maid never added cardamom as we grew up in Java.

    But nutmeg, ginger and Chinese celery is a must in our soup.

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    Cristina @ TeenieCakes — September 23, 2010 @ 7:06 pm

    Mmm. Good ingredients in this soup. Luv the use of ginger – the photo alone is edible!

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    Kathryn — September 24, 2010 @ 8:46 pm

    I love this time of year- it’s the perfect soup weather! I recently made tortellini sausage soup, but your soup looks WAY better!

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    Bag Brag — April 19, 2011 @ 5:08 am

    The correct term or should I say affectionate term for this soup is ABC soup. Don’t know where that name came from but most people in Malaysia would refer to it as that.

    • Jun replied: — April 20th, 2011 @ 9:29 am

      Yeah it is ABC soup. My Malaysian housemate always called this ABC soup. It is our answer to quick and easy to cook dish when we were busy studying for exams or working on our assignments. Haha

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