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Moroccan Chicken & Sweet Potato Soup

  • 40 m
  • 1 h 10 m
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“This healthy chicken soup recipe gets bold Moroccan flavor from sweet potatoes, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and a touch of fiery harissa. To get a homemade stock flavor using store-bought broth, we simmer bone-in chicken breasts in the broth before adding the rest of the soup ingredients.”


    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 cup chopped onion
    • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
    • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
    • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
    • 2 pounds bone-in chicken breasts, skin removed
    • 3 cups diced sweet potato
    • 2 cups diced red bell pepper
    • 2 cups green beans (1-inch pieces), fresh or frozen (thawed)
    • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed
    • 1¼ teaspoons salt
    • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
    • 1 teaspoon harissa, or to taste (see Tip)


  • 1 Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add cumin, cinnamon and cayenne; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add broth and chicken. Cover, increase heat to high and bring to a simmer. Uncover and cook, turning the chicken occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part without touching bone registers 165°F, 20 to 22 minutes. Skim any foam from the surface as the chicken cooks. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board. When cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the bones and shred.
  • 2 Meanwhile, add sweet potato, bell pepper and green beans to the pot; return to a simmer. Cook until the vegetables are tender, 4 to 10 minutes. Stir in the shredded chicken, chickpeas, salt and pepper and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes more. Remove from heat and stir in harissa.
  • Tip: Harissa is a fiery Tunisian chile paste commonly used in North African cooking. Find it at specialty-foods stores or online. Different brands vary in heat, so start with a little and taste as you go.
  • To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate, without the harissa, for up to 3 days. To serve, reheat and then stir in harissa.
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