Yum Hey What's for Dinner Mom?: Coconut Curry Chicken Noodle Soup


Coconut Curry Chicken Noodle Soup

If you have, say, a picky child or god forbid a picky adult in your house and they cringe at the idea of 'new' foods this might be a recipe for you. Think of it as a gentle introduction to flavors and spices they really will like without any fire or a lot of spice. It's basically just a vamped up chicken noodle soup, (shh don't tell my family that though, because they think it's something super delish and special) so picky eaters will definitely have a touchstone with it and yet it pushes their comfort level out just a bit.

I have one boy who hates everything on principal. He's not picky just every thing is ew and yuck until he eats it, then he likes it. He also boldly states he is a vegetarian while eating corn dogs. And New York steak makes him gag. This soup was deemed disgusting the first time I made it, yet he ate giant bowls full and gladly chowed down on it for lunch the next day. This child is why the three bite rule still stands at our house, you must eat three bites of everything on your plate, because this boy vetoes everything until he tastes it. Except New York Steak, he never ever never likes it EVER, sigh.

Coconut Curry Chicken Noodle Soup

1 TBSP cooking oil
1/2 an onion, chopped
4 ribs of celery, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 teaspoons of curry powder** more to taste
2 quarts of water
2 quarts of chicken broth
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 28 ounce can of petite diced tomatoes
2 TBSP pesto
1 13 1/2 ounce can coconut milk
8 ounces of spaghetti
salt and pepper to taste

heat the cooking oil over medium heat in a large dutch oven or other soup pot
saute the onion, celery and carrot until soft
add the curry powder and cook one minute until fragrant
add the water and scrape up the good browned bits
add the broth next and the chicken, cover and simmer for 1 hour
remove chicken from the broth and set aside to cool
add the tomatoes, pesto and whisk in the coconut milk and bring to a boil
reduce heat a bit and add the pasta
shred the chicken and return to the soup
cook until pasta is done
taste and add salt and pepper as needed, also add more curry powder if needed

This is so good and so easy and makes fantastic leftovers. Picky people beware you will be eating better more delicious food in the near future! From here it's really only a short hop to curries of all kinds, you can just say "well you DO like curry remember that soup I made? well then try this too!" Works every time!

Peace and Love--



  1. Oh how I wish it worked that way at my house. Picky-picky husband would freak out if he heard/saw curry, pesto or coconut milk. Maybe I'll make it for ME and he will "give in"...ya think? Hope so.

  2. Try it!! just make lunch for you and see what he says...it smells divine plus don't tell him whats in it!!

  3. It makes my heart glad to know I'm not the only one with an absurdly picky eater! If you can believe it, my fussbudget griped about chocolate cake with chocolate frosting being "too much." His brothers offered to beat some sense into him.

    This sounds like a good soup, perfect for cooler fall nights.


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