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Spicy Peanut-Pumpkin Chicken Soup


I have read several recipes for “African” soups or stews which use peanut butter or ground peanuts and sweet potatoes. They looked yummy but generally had a million and one ingredients. Not my style. Inspired by the flavors though, I created this. I chose pumpkin instead of sweet potatoes to keep carbohydrates and calories lower. I also added some spice and warmth with cayenne and ginger… we loved it. It’s hearty and warm and filling. Like a bear hug in a soup bowl. Enjoy!

10 oz skinless chicken breast, cubed
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1/4 cup peanut flour (can substitute 2-4 tablespoons peanut butter)
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp ground ginger

1. Heat oil in a soup pot and add chicken. Cook until golden.

2. Add the onions and carrots, and cook a few minutes until the onions are golden.

3. Add everything else, stir and simmer until carrots are soft. Enjoy!

Makes 2 meal-sized servings

Nutrition Facts (per serving): 300 calories, 9.5 g total fat, 17 g total carb (6 g fiber), 44 g protein

With 2 tablespoons peanut butter instead of peanut flour: 340 cal, 15.5 g fat, 17 g total carb (5 g fiber), 40 g protein)

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  • plasterer bristol October 19, 2015, 9:12 am

    This sounds lovely and really tasty. Thank you for sharing this.


  • Georgie August 22, 2014, 8:38 pm

    Awesome, thanks Mihaela!

  • mihaela84 August 21, 2014, 9:02 am

    Absolutely LOVE this recipe, I make it over and over year round!!! So simple and delicious!

  • Nicole Walters September 26, 2013, 6:15 am

    I made this last night! I used 1/2 of a rotisserie chicken which was about 9 oz…
    I thought it was really good and different! After I put in the cayenne I remembered I have an Ethiopian seasoning blend (berbere or peri-peri) that I bet would be awesome in this! Next time I might add a little more pumpkin and broth and garnish with a sprinkle of crushed peanuts.

  • Dominick Lanting April 7, 2013, 4:48 pm

    Wow! This is a great appetizer! It looks yummy and nutritious. I will try this at home with my family. Thanks for sharing! 😀

  • grace dawson April 3, 2013, 2:52 am

    Thanks for sharing such a nice looking recipe. I will be signing up in a minute. Keep posting Georgie.