Chicken Soup Around the World

Chicken soup is a beloved favorite. Cultures from around the globe all have their own unique version of this classic soup. Learn about the different varieties and discover how versatile chicken soup can be.

Norway – In Norway, they make chicken soup with a tangy flavor. In addition to the basics (including carrots, onions, chicken and chicken broth) they add apples, leeks and parsnips.

Kenya – The Kenyans really add flavor and spices to their chicken soup. If you are interested in enjoying a hearty and spicy dish, try this chicken soup. It contains peanuts, eggplant, curry powder, squash, okra, potatoes and lime juice.

Armenia – In Armenia you’d add yogurt, mint, zucchini, egg and rice to your traditional chicken soup recipe.

Germany – You may not be surprised to learn that in Germany they add sausage to their chicken soup, garlic sausage to be exact. They also add cabbage and potatoes. It’s a hearty chicken soup that they serve in Germany!

West Indies – This version often includes kidney beans, Gouda cheese, and pumpkin. It’s seasoned with coriander, caraway, garlic and onions.

Thailand – Thai chicken soup is warming, spicy, and delicious. It usually contains coconut milk, lime juice, fish sauce, eggplant, cilantro, basil and quite a few hot peppers (usually Serrano peppers, but jalapeno can be used instead).

Italy – Tuscan chicken soup has cannellini beans, mushrooms, bacon, spinach, butternut squash and of course a healthy amount of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

Japan – In Japan one of the biggest differences is the noodles they use in their soup. You’ll likely find Udon noodles in your Japanese chicken soup. They also often add mushrooms, ginger, sake, soy sauce, and star anise.

Morocco – Moroccan chicken soup generally contains cinnamon, cumin, butternut squash, basil, orange rind, zucchini, and couscous.

Greece – In Greece they have a special name for one of their favorite traditional chicken soups. It’s called Avgolemono. It contains rice, lemon juice, egg, parsley, and basil. The egg is beaten to give the soup a creamy texture.

Mexico – Chicken Posole is a traditional Mexican chicken soup. It has hominy, which is dried maize that’s been treated with an alkali – usually lime or lye. It also contains tomatillos, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, and radishes. It’s often garnished with chopped cilantro.

If you love chicken soup, why not take a trip around the world? Experience traditional chicken soups from a variety of cultures and gain an appreciation for the diverse nature of this hearty and healthy soup.

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