Chicken coriander soup

Chicken coriander soup

Margaret Fulton Favourites
Tanya Zouev and Armelle Habib

Back in the 1960s I was one of the first people in Australia to grow my own coriander from seeds. It was a revelation to grow something I had first tasted in salads, garnishes and sauces in South America. Now that it is so readily available I use coriander almost every day in salads and stir-fries, and it works really well in this beautiful, spicy soup. Using spices, chicken breast and rice, this soup has an Asian touch when coconut milk is added, or a western flavour when cream takes its place. Whichever you choose, any soup can only be as good as its stock, so I naturally recommend a good homemade chicken stock.


Quantity Ingredient
30g butter
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 chicken breast fillet, skin removed, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons plain flour
5 cups Chicken stock, heated
1/2 lemon, juiced
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup coconut milk or pouring cream
3/4 cup cooked rice, long- or short-grain, (see Tip)
1/4 cup lightly snipped fresh coriander leaves


  1. Heat the butter in a saucepan over a gentle heat and stir in the coriander, cumin and chicken pieces, cooking gently for 1 minute.
  2. Remove from the heat, add the flour, stir and return to the heat. Cook for another minute then add the stock. Stir until blended and cook for another 5–6 minutes. Add the lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the coconut milk or pouring cream and the cooked rice.
  3. When the soup is heated through, add the coriander leaves and leave to stand for a minute or two before serving.


  • To prepare the rice, bring 1 cup of water to the boil, add a pinch of salt and 2 tablespoons of rice, then reduce heat and cook until the water evaporates — 10–12 minutes. Turn off the heat, cover and leave for a further 5 minutes. Fluff up the rice with a fork before adding it to the soup.
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