As I mentioned on Twitter - Adam has managed to catch a rather lovely cold that involves both coughing, sniffles AND vomiting. Good times, oui? Living in a small apartment with a germ factory has me living in constant fear of getting sick myself. Is my throat sore? Am I achey? Might I have a fever? The answer to all these questions is no but to a hypo like myself they are questions I am asking myself on an hourly basis.
I do feel bad for him though. And he is a trooper, bravely rallying against this wretched cold and braveness must be rewarded. So, knowing that chicken soup is not only good for the soul but for the disgusting illness - I embarked on a search for a delicious recipe that maybe had an extra kick to it then plain old chicken broth and noodles.
Thank you Epicurious - for always coming through in the clutch. When I found their Country Captain Soup I knew I had found the elixir which would cure all ills. It involves three of my fave things: ginger, apples and CURRANTS. Oh and chicken and broth and noodles. And curry.
Intrigued? Read on.
Country Captain Soup
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
4 garlic cloves, chopped
6 skinless boneless chicken thighs (about 1 1/4 pounds), cut into 1-inch pieces (I used boneless skinless chicken breasts)
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
4 cups (or more) canned chicken broth
2 cups canned diced peeled tomatoes with juices
1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup orzo2 tablespoons dried currants
Heat a large dutch oven over medium high heat with the olive oil. Throw in your chopped onion, pepper and garlic and saute until soft (about 5 minutes).
Add chicken, curry powder, ginger and crushed red pepper and stir for two minutes.
Add broth, tomatoes and apple and bring to a boil.
Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Add orzo and currants and cook until orzo is just cooked through (about 5 minutes).
The tastes are just incredible - not your average chicken soup by any means but that is what I like about it. Sweet and savory all at once!