For me, winters are all about soups and pasta. If you are tired of simple chicken soup, or boxed soups, you will love this Chicken Cilantro Soup Recipe. It has an umami flavor with a kick of lemon and fresh cilantro as garnishing.
This soup is more rich and more filling as compared to traditional chicken soup, with a different flavor that your family will surely love. What I love about this recipe is that you can serve this soup separately, or make a full meal with jasmine rice or garlic noodles.
If you are in the mood for a creamy soup, you can add cream to the soup, and top it off with shredded cheese.
I top off the soup with sliced avocado and a fried egg. My kids love half-boiled eggs with soup, as it’s warm and gives a mellow taste. So, you can add anything you want to this recipe and the end result is the same – a hearty bowl of warm and delicious cilantro chicken soup.
How To Make Chicken Cilantro Soup At Home?
Follow this recipe to make Chicken Cilantro Soup:
- If you don’t have green chilies, you can use jalapenos.
- If you feel like the soup is too runny, you can add more cornstarch or arrowroot by mixing in some water.
- Avoid adding cornstarch powder directly to the soup as it will become lumpy.
- You can spice up the level by adding more chilies and ginger.
- If you want a vegan version, you can substitute chicken with vegetable broth. Add mushrooms for a great crunch. You can also substitute shredded chicken with tofu.
- Cilantro chicken soup can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
What To Serve With Chicken Cilantro Soup?
Chicken Cilantro Soup is mostly paired with white rice or rice noodles, but you can pair it with so many things to make it into a comfort meal. Here are some things to serve the soup with:
- Garlic bread
- Chicken wings
- Microwave cauliflower
- Sauteed okra
- Saltine crackers
- Dinner rolls
- Mashed potatoes
- Grilled panini sandwich
- Grilled cheese sandwich
- Baked ham and cheese rolls
- Crispy baked zucchini
- Vegetable chopped salad
- Garlic noodles
Can You Put Raw Chicken Into Soup?
Yes, you can cook raw chicken in the soup, but it’s not the safest way. Raw chicken contains dangerous bacteria that result in food poisoning. Therefore, when adding raw chicken into soups, it’s ideal to pressure cook at high heat to cook the meat and kill bacteria.
When you are making the broth for the soup, you can cook the chicken in boiling water. Another great way is to grill the chicken in a pan before adding it to the soup. Grilling chicken gives the soup more flavor.
When I am short on time, and cannot pre-cook the chicken, I make soup in an instant pot and pressure cook for 10-12 minutes which not only cooks the chicken real quick but high temperature and also makes sure to kill the bacteria.