Vegan Chicken Couscous Soup
This Vegan Chicken Couscous Soup is healthy, comforting and perfect for cold season. Next time you’re feeling sick or it is a cold winter night, make this soup to feel warm and toasty.
Ok…it is time for chicken noodle soup to move on over because Vegan Chicken Couscous Soup is in town and it is out of this world!
I made this soup with cold season in mind. AND low and behold, I ended up getting sick last week. Lucky for me, I had some of this stashed away in my freezer. And boy, was I happy I did.
This soup is like chicken noodle soup’s older, more sophisticated brother. The broth has more depth and egg noodles are swapped out for pearl couscous. Oh…and, of course, the chicken is vegan. Healthier on so many levels.
First let’s talk about this broth. I had to use my stand by vegan chicken bouillon (you can find it here). But, other than the bouillon, this broth is also packed full of tons of anti-inflammatory goodies – turmeric, ginger and garlic. All of these things will help you kick your cold’s butt. And even if you’re not sick, they just make this soup taste extra fancy and delicious.
As for the veggies, we are using the traditional soup ones. Carrots, onions and celery. Why fix something that isn’t broke, right?
Now instead of traditional noodles, we are using pearl couscous. I know, fancy times are upon us. If you’ve never tried pearl couscous, you will love it. It’s like little pasta balls in your soup.
Lastly is the vegan chicken. This is totally optional, but it makes this soup extra hearty and filling. You can use any non-breaded vegan chicken strips. I popped mine in the soup frozen, but if you are in a rush, you can thaw them first.
And that’s it folks. You’ve got all of your main players. Add in some fresh herbs and spices and call it a day.
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Vegan Chicken Couscous Soup
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 6 cloves garlic diced
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger
- 1 small yellow onion diced
- 2 large carrots diced
- 2 celery stalks diced
- 1/2 tbsp turmeric
- pepper to taste
- 6 cups vegan chicken broth*
- 1 cup pearl couscous dry
- 1 tsp fresh rosemary chopped
- 1 tsp fresh thyme chopped
- 10 oz vegan chicken strips** un-breaded and frozen
- Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add garlic, ginger, onion, carrots, celery, turmeric and pepper to the pot and stir to combine. Cook until onions begin to soften (3-5 minutes).
- Add the broth, couscous, rosemary, thyme and chicken to the pot and stir to combine. Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
- Taste and adjust seasonings.***
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Delicious and simple ? I accidentally used regular couscous because I didn’t pay attention but it was still good. Also used soy curls for the chicken because it’s what we had. Yum
So glad you liked it! 🙂
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This is my husband’s favorite recipe of everything I have made in the last year and a half (since we went vegan). I have made it at least four times. It’s delicious. Thank you for such a fabulous recipe.
Yay! So happy it was a hit! One of my faves too.
Why do you keep saying “chicken” if it’s vegetarian soup. So confusing. Is this some kind of Sick joke?
Well if you read the post you will see this is a dupe for traditional chicken noodle soup. All the flavor…none of the animal products. Everything is delicious and vegan. Not sure there is much else to “get” about the recipe? It is super tasty, you should try it!
This soup was amazing!!! I prefer the “chicken” strips to be cut to about the same size as the carrots. It was so good, no left overs!
Yay – so glad you liked it!
Made this today for my (meat eater) roommates and it was a hit with everyone! I LOVED the ginger and added some red pepper flakes for added spice (+ parsley for serving). The couscous was delicious and a nice change from noodles, and the vegan chicken strips are definitely worth adding. This soup is definitely a new staple for me!
I made this recipe and the veggie soup with ravioli and all I can say is WOW!! Both are easy to make, not a lot of ingredients and both pack a lot of flavor and heartiness…and great anytime but especially for the fall and winter seasons. My sister, who is not vegan, still always likes to have whatever I have prepared for her over the last year. She loved the veggie ravioli soup and I have mad 3 batches. She has not had vegan chicken yet but this but I am sure this will be a hit. I am excited to. Try other recipes.