Kabocha Sweet Potato Chicken Soup

We were having some roasted sweet potatoes not too long ago. That natural sweetness and a good sprinkling of coarse salt really works. Especially if you have a nice bowl of hot sauce to dip them in. And that got me thinking whether they would be good substitutes in soup.

Well, I bought too many sweet potatoes and wanted to try using them in a different way. Onions, carrots and cabbages are all naturally sweet and goes super well in soups so I made that mental connection and decided to test them out in chicken soup form.

And the verdict… it wasn’t bad at all! I’ll say it’s a sweeter, healthier substitute to regular stewing potatoes. For one, sweet potatoes have got more flavour, and they will sweeten up a soup in no time. I want to try a mix of pumpkin and sweet potato in a blended thick soup. Have you tried doing that? How did it turn out? I appreciate tips. Thanks in advance. 😉

For this easy peasy soup, all we need is some Chicken, Garlic, Ginger, Sweet Potato (I used Yellow), Kabocha, Salt & Water.
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This really is just a chicken soup with a change up of ingredients. Kabocha Sweet Potato Chicken Soup 2

Everything is tossed into the pot for a bit of a boil.Kabocha Sweet Potato Chicken Soup 3

It’s not soup if there’s no water. Rhetorical.Kabocha Sweet Potato Chicken Soup 4

All the flavours went very well together. 
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The slight spice from the ginger and sweetness of the pumpkin and potatoes made me think if this as the savoury cousin the Sweet Potato Dessert we made a while ago.Kabocha Sweet Potato Chicken Soup 6

The soup tastes really fresh and clean.Kabocha Sweet Potato Chicken Soup 7

A bowl of this and you have lunch/dinner/supper underway. Protein, carbs and fibers all there. I should use sweet potatoes more in savoury soups and dishes.

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Kabocha Sweet Potato Chicken Soup
serves 8-10

Ingredients:

1 Chicken Whole Breast, skinless but bone-in, cut into 6-8 pieces
1 Sweet Potato, peeled & cubed
1/4 (appx 3/4 lb) Kabocha Squash, peeled & cut into 1 inch chunks
1 thumb-size Ginger chunk, peeled & smashed with cleaver or rolling pin
4 cloves Garlic, peeled & smashed
1 tbsp Salt
pinch of ground Black Pepper
6 cups Water

  1. Blanch chicken pieces with some boiling hot water. Drain & place in stock pot.
  2. Add in all the ingredients and bring water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Leave to bubble away, covered, for about 1 hour or until kabocha and sweet potatoes are tender.
  3. If using slow cooker (like I did), first bring water to a boil. It would save time to boil about 8 cups of water and use the extra 2 cups to blanch the chicken pieces. Place all ingredients in slow cooker & add enough water to come to about 1/2 inch from rim. Cover and leave to boil on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours.
  4. Taste for seasoning before serving.

Comments

  1. Sounds like a great soup for when you’re under the weather. I love to make broth-y soups in my slow cooker too. 🙂

    • We seem to drink more brothy soups here. Maybe because it’s lighter and fresh tasting whereas rich creamy soups tend to be too rich for our rice/noodle-based meals. Glad you like brothy soups too! One of my favs. Now that I’m coming down with a little throat irritation, I’ll be making some cabbage soup tonight.

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