Inspired by Joey’s restaurant and the complex spices and flavours of Morocco, this Moroccan chicken soup uses a combination of chickpeas, chicken and carrots for a simple and deeply flavourful soup.
In our house, especially during the winter, there is always homemade soup in the fridge and my newest creation; Moroccan chicken soup got rave reviews from my soup-loving family. There is just something about soup, don’t you think? It’s so comforting and is the perfect recipe to make on a cool fall weekend.
What makes this Moroccan chicken soup so good?
This soup was inspired by a soup I had at a restaurant when I was doing some shopping with my mom and we stopped for a quick bite, I ordered the Moroccan soup and fell in love with the depth of flavour. The broth was delicately spiced, yet so flavourful. I knew that I wanted to learn more about Moroccan flavours and cuisine.
What is Moroccan cuisine?
I started to do some research, taking books out of the library like Morocco: A Culinary Journey by Jeff Koehler and The Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfert to learn more about the culinary traditions of Morocco. I wanted to learn everything I could!
Moroccan cuisine is a combination of influences from Arabic, Moroccan cuisine is typically a mix of Arabic, Spanish, and Mediterranean cuisines, which is what makes it so interesting to me.
For this Moroccan-inspired soup, I also leaned on classic techniques that I know and love. It begins in a more classically French way, building flavours a classic mirepoix, a combination of carrots, celery and onion. The spices are what you often find in Moroccan dishes, a combination of cumin, coriander, cinnamon and turmeric and they create a lightly spiced broth with a beautiful colour.
The chicken is poached in the liquid for the soup, so you don’t need to worry about having pre-cooked chicken on hand. This also adds extra flavour to the broth. I’m using boneless, skinless chicken breasts in this recipe along with chickpeas.
If you’re looking for other Moroccan dishes try these recipes:
This is a vegetarian version similar to this chicken soup, with sweet potatoes, carrots, chickpeas and kale.
Cooking this stew all day in the slow cooker amplifies the flavours and makes the chicken extra tender.
We loved this Moroccan Chicken Soup and I hope you love it too, let me know if you try it in the comments.