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Thai Red Curry Soup

Hearty, healthy, rich and creamy, Thai Red Curry Soup is perhaps one of my favorites meals to make when I’m in the mood for something sweet and spicy. This delicious and nutritious soup is filled with protein, has tons of veggies and the creamy yum coconut milk gives it a smooth and velvety texture . A squeeze of lime towards the end, cuts through that richness and balances this soup really well. I make quite a few variations of this soup. I switch the proteins and make it with chicken or shrimp, and a vegetarian version with Extra Firm Tofu.

Thai Red Curry Soup recipe is a hearty, healthy, rich and creamy soup that can be made in a flash in the instant pot. Filled with veggies and protein, its a complete dinner dish. By Spice Cravings. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #curry #thai

Thai Red Curry Soup is quick and easy to make, and it’s just perfect for weeknights:

Thai Red Curry SoupThai recipes come together in a flash, especially when I use a store-bought curry paste. I’m all about making things from scratch, but when I found out that my local favorite Thai restaurant uses these pre-made curry pastes, I just had to try them. There are many brands for Thai curry paste in the stores, and I’ve tried a fair share of them. I found Maesri brand to be the most authentic in terms of flavors and consistency. I always keep these curry pastes and a can of coconut milk in my pantry. That makes weeknight dinners a breeze. I put together some fresh or frozen chicken, fresh peppers and broccoli, mix the curry paste with coconut milk, add it all to the Instant Pot (or any pressure cooker), pressure cook it for 5 minutes, and dinner is on the table in under 30 minutes!

Make it vegetarian and customize it:

Thai Red Curry Soup recipe is a hearty, healthy, rich and creamy soup that can be made in a flash in the instant pot. Filled with veggies and protein, its a complete dinner dish. By Spice Cravings. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #curry #thaiIt is extremely easy to customize this soup to your liking. I switch up the proteins and veggies all the time.

To make this soup vegetarian, simply add firm tofu or Paneer (Indian cottage cheese), instead of chicken! Since tofu/paneer is already cooked, add it after pressure cooking the soup, along with the assorted veggies. This way it doesn’t get overcooked and still absorbs the wonderful flavors of the soup.

I love the crunch and flavor of assorted vegetables in Thai Red Curry Soup. I like to add sliced bell-peppers, onions, baby corn and zucchini, but you can add pretty much any kind of vegetables you like. In this recipe, I add the veggies after the pressure cooking process so they retain a nice crunch and stay fresh.  Even frozen vegetables work great in this soup. Simply add them after the pressure cooking process and cook for a few minutes on sauté till they thaw and absorb the soup flavors. You can garnish it with cilantro, Thai basil or even mint. I like to have this soup as-is, but if you love to pair Thai recipes with rice, you can serve this with some white or Brown jasmine rice.

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Chicken Noodle Soup with Ethiopian Spices (Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker)

Warm, delicious, healthy and comforting, that’s what I think of when I make Chicken Noodle Soup!  A classic Chicken Noodle soup is made by simmering chicken and vegetables, such as carrots and celery, spices, herbs and small noodles in chicken broth.  The result is a simple meal that warms up your soul!
Instant pot Chicken Noodle Soup with Ethiopian spices by Spice Cravings. This classic Chicken Noodle soup is made by simmering chicken and vegetables, such as carrots and celery, spices, herbs and small noodles in chicken broth.  This recipe uses the Ethiopian Spice blend called Berbere Seasoning to enhance the flavor and made in an instant pot. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

During winter, I make this soup a lot, almost once a week.  Recently, I have been making many variations of it.  I keep experiment by adding different spice blends in this soup and this time I think I hit a home run.  I added the Ethiopian Spice blend called Berbere Seasoning, which is a combination of warm whole spices like cumin, cardamom, coriander, and fenugreek, garlic, cloves, turmeric, grated ginger root, black pepper, salt, paprika, cinnamon, and dried red chiles, that are toasted and ground together.  This spice blend adds a distinctive tangy and mildly spicy and smoky flavor to the soup.

Instant pot Chicken Noodle Soup with Ethiopian spices by Spice Cravings. This classic Chicken Noodle soup is made by simmering chicken and vegetables, such as carrots and celery, spices, herbs and small noodles in chicken broth.  This recipe uses the Ethiopian Spice blend called Berbere Seasoning to enhance the flavor and made in an instant pot. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Variations for the Chicken Noodle Soup

If you don’t like spice, you can reduce the quantity of the Berbere seasoning.  Also, for an extra kick, I add a couple of tablespoons of Sriracha to it, but you can replace that with tomato paste if you want to cut down on the heat.  For my family, including my kids, this spice level worked great.  I make a few other classic Ethiopian dishes using the Berbere Spice Blend: Misir Wot -Red Lentil Stew, and Key Wat – Beef Stew.

To make this soup vegetarian, you can skip the chicken and add some canned chickpeas, they taste awesome too!

To make this Chicken Noodle Soup healthier, I added whole-grain elbow macaroni to the soup. It not only increases the fiber and reduces the net carbs per serving, it also increases the protein content of the soup.

 

 

I make this soup in my programmable pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO, but you can make it in any pressure cooker. Simply follow the suggested timing for cooking chicken breast or soup, and this recipe will work just fine.   To learn more about the instant pot, check out my Instant Pot FAQ and Accessories blog.

 

Stove-Top Recipe

Making this soup on the stove-top is a breeze. Take a heavy bottom sauce pan. Heat olive oil in the pan and add crushed garlic to it. As soon as it starts sizzling, add everything else and let it come to a boil. After that, reduce the heat to medium, cover the pot and let it simmer for 10-12 minutes, or till chicken is tender enough to shred. Remove the chicken, shred it and add it back to the soup. Garnish with cilantro and you’re all done!

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Instant pot Chicken Noodle Soup with Ethiopian spices by Spice Cravings. This classic Chicken Noodle soup is made by simmering chicken and vegetables, such as carrots and celery, spices, herbs and small noodles in chicken broth.  This recipe uses the Ethiopian Spice blend called Berbere Seasoning to enhance the flavor and made in an instant pot. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty
Chicken Noodle Soup with Ethiopian Spices (Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

This classic Chicken Noodle soup is made by simmering chicken and vegetables, such as carrots and celery, spices, herbs and small noodles in chicken broth. This recipe uses the Ethiopian Spice blend called Berbere Seasoning to enhance the flavor and made in an instant pot.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Chicken, Noodle, Soup
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 175 kcal
Author: Spice Cravings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1 cup carrots chopped
  • 32 oz. low-sodium Broth Chicken, Vegetable
  • 1/2 cup Whole Grain Elbow Pasta
  • 1 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • 2-3 teaspoon Berbere Seasoning adjust to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha or, tomato paste for mild heat
  • 1 lb. Chicken breast
Instructions
  1. Chop celery and carrots and keep aside. Turn on SAUTE mode. Wait 30 seconds and add olive oil and crushed garlic cloves.  Let the garlic sizzle for 30 seconds, then add chopped celery and carrots.  Add all the ingredients in the pot and stir everything.

  2. Cancel Saute. Close lid. Set valve to Sealing position.  Cook on Manual or Pressure Cook for 6-8 minutes, depending on how thick the chicken breast it.  When I use breast halves, like in the video, I set the time to 6 minutes.

  3. Open after 10 minutes of natural pressure release (NPR 10).  Remove chicken for shredding. Use two forks and pull apart the chicken.  Put the shredded chicken back in the pot.  Garnish with cilantro!

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Noodle Soup with Ethiopian Spices (Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 175 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 658mg 27%
Potassium 539mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 73.2%
Vitamin C 6.1%
Calcium 2.9%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Instant pot Chicken Noodle Soup with Ethiopian spices by Spice Cravings. This classic Chicken Noodle soup is made by simmering chicken and vegetables, such as carrots and celery, spices, herbs and small noodles in chicken broth.  This recipe uses the Ethiopian Spice blend called Berbere Seasoning to enhance the flavor and made in an instant pot. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Low Carb Chicken Shawarma with Tzatziki sauce

Juicy, tender and flavor packed Low Carb Chicken Shawarma with Tzatziki sauce is on my family menu a few times a month.  This delicious low-carb recipe is a breeze to put together and very family friendly.  I marinate the chicken in simple blend of lemon and a handful of spices. T hen, I pressure cook it in my Instant Pot or grill it in the oven, under the broiler.
Low Carb Chicken Shawarma with Tzatziki sauce by Spice Cravings. Low Carb Chicken Shawarma with Tzatziki sauce: marinate the chicken in simple blend of lemon and a handful of spices and pressure cook it in Instant Pot. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty I stuff the sliced shawarma meat in a pita pocket, combine it with a tangy yogurt sauce called Tzatziki, and my kids love it for dinner, and even school lunches.  My husband and I eat a low-carb diet and enjoy it with a side of Greek salad.  Chicken Shawarma goes well with a variety of condiments like Hummus, Garlic Chili sauce, Greek salad, Tabouleh salad etc.  The condiments add a ton of flavor and complete this healthy meal.

Shawarma spice mix:

Low Carb Chicken Shawarma with Tzatziki sauceI make my own combination of the Shawarma spice mix.  I use the same spice mix for lamb, beef, fish and even flavoring rice or couscous.  This middle eastern gem is a super hit with my family and friends too!  I start by putting together the spice mix and then marinating the chicken.  If I’m using chicken thighs, I trim off the excess fat.  If I’m using chicken breasts, I half them each breast in two and then cut it half, length-wise.  I marinate the chicken for 20 minutes to 4 hours, depending on how much time I have.  But this spice mix is so flavorful that even with a 20 minute marinade, the chicken comes out juicy and delicious.

Oven Recipe:

Typically, I make Chicken Shawarma in the oven, under the broiler. I line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean-up. Spread the chicken flat, giving enough room for the chicken (don’t crowd the baking sheet). Then turn on BROIL and put the chicken in about 2-3 inches away from the broiler and bake for 8 minutes on the first side, flip it, and 6 minutes on the second side. This timing may wary a bit, depending on the size of the chicken and your oven intensity. Cool the chicken for 10 minutes and then slice it thin, on an angle.

Low Carb Chicken Shawarma with Tzatziki sauce by Spice Cravings. Low Carb Chicken Shawarma with Tzatziki sauce: marinate the chicken in simple blend of lemon and a handful of spices and pressure cook it in Instant Pot. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Oven vs. Instant Pot:

Ever since I got my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot, I have been wanting to try this recipe. And when I did, the result was amazing.  If I compared it to the oven method, there was a texture difference, but both methods had their merits that contribute to the flavor of this dish.  The chicken turned out super moist in the Instant Pot, since we steam cooked it.  Broiling it in the oven, gave it that crispy crust on the chicken that you see commonly when you go to a mediterranean restaurant.  So, you will get a flavorful Chicken Shawarma either way.  To learn more about the instant pot, check out my Instant Pot FAQ and Accessories blog.

Chicken Shawarma in an Instant Pot

I try to imitate the Shawarma/Gyro spinners in my Instant Pot.  I used half an onion as a base.  Then, I inserted 4 bamboo skewers as 4 pillars on which the meat is stacked.

Low Carb Chicken Shawarma with Tzatziki sauce

Then, I thread the meat pieces though those 4 skewers, one by one, forming a stable stack of chicken. This allows the chicken to stay super moist and looks fancy too.  But, if you don’t feel like going the extra mile, just stack the chicken on top of each other and you’ll have the same delicious flavor within minutes!

Low Carb Chicken Shawarma with Tzatziki sauce by Spice Cravings. Low Carb Chicken Shawarma with Tzatziki sauce: marinate the chicken in simple blend of lemon and a handful of spices and pressure cook it in Instant Pot. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Tzatziki sauce

Chicken Shawarma goes really well with Tzatziki sauce.  It adds a creamy contrast to the spicy and lemony chicken.  It’s real simple to make as well.  Simply combine plain greek yogurt with lemon, cumin, paprika, salt, mint and grated cucumber and you have yourself one of the simplest dips ever!  You can also add half a clove of grated garlic in it too, but my family prefers our Tzatziki sauce without it. Check out the recipe for Tzatziki sauce.

Easy Tzatziki sauce dip, Instant Pot yogurt, By Spice Cravings. This Easy Tzatziki Sauce is a creamy and delicious Mediterranean dip that is seasoned with salt, lime juice, garlic and paprika! It's a great party dip, which can be made very easily and ahead of time. You can pair it with assorted vegetables like cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, peppers,  carrots, snow peas etc. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Recipes that compliment Shawarma: Saffron Rice

Saffron Rice Pilaf or pulao by Spice Cravings. Aromatic and nutty basmati rice cooked in a Saffron infused broth. This easy and popular side compliments so many dishes from around the world. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

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