Mulligatawny Soup Recipe with Chicken

bowl of mulligatawny soup with chicken garnished with fresh chives

I think everyone remembers mulligatawny soup from the “Soup Nazi” episode of Seinfeld. It was where I first heard of it. A few years ago, I came across a recipe for mulligatawny soup through our farm share. I’ve made several adjustments, and now it’s one of my favorite soups ever! So today, I’m going to share my mulligatawny soup recipe with chicken.

close up of a bowl of mulligatawny soup with chicken garnished with fresh chives

This is a recipe I make over and over again. I’ve decided to share some of my favorite recipes on the blog while we’re all at home doing a lot of cooking. Last time, it was my baked macaroni and cheese recipe.

ingredients to make a mulligatawny soup recipe with chicken

My husband and I love Indian food, and while this is not a traditional Indian dish, it has some of those familiar flavors. To get started, I first peel the apples and chop the veggies.

cooking onions in a dutch oven

As you can see, I’m again using my favorite (and vintage) dutch oven that I used to make the macaroni and cheese.

cooking onions, carrots, celery and apples in a dutch oven

While I’m using celery and carrots, you can substitute other root vegetables that you have on hand.

adding curry powder and flour to a mulligatawny soup recipe

I use just a tablespoon of curry powder because we can’t tolerate too much heat, but feel free to add more if you like it spicy!

adding chicken broth to a mulligatawny soup recipe

If you want to make this recipe vegan, substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth and omit the chicken.

adding uncooked chicken to a mulligatawny soup recipe

Instead of chicken, you can substitute a vegetarian protein like tofu, chick peas or cashews.

adding uncooked rice to a mulligatawny soup recipe

I use quite a bit of rice (half a cup) because I love how it makes the soup thick and hearty. If you prefer a thinner soup, use a quarter cup.

shredding cooked chicken

I love how boiled chicken is nice and tender.

adding lemon juice to mulligatawny soup

If you don’t have fresh lemons on hand, use bottled lemon juice, like I did!

adding coconut milk to mulligatawny soup

I use light coconut milk, but feel free to use regular if you’d like it even creamier.

bowl of mulligatawny soup with chicken garnished with fresh chives

Chopped fresh chives are a colorful and flavorful garnish. I let everyone add their own desired amount of salt. Serve with naan (Indian bread) or a chunk of crusty bread.

I hope you love my mulligatawny soup recipe as much as we do! It’s easy to double if you have a large family. Enjoy!

Mulligatawny Soup Recipe with Chicken

Creamy and delicious, this easy to make, flavorful and nutritious soup will become a family favorite!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: mulligatawny soup
Servings: 4
Author: Zucchini Sisters


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled and chopped apples
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 13.5 oz can coconut milk
  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup white or brown rice
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • chopped fresh chives for garnish


  • Heat oil over medium heat in a dutch oven or soup pot. Add onions and cook until softened.
  • Add apples and vegetables and cook, stirring frequently until they start to soften.
  • Stir in flour and curry powder and mix together.
  • Add broth, water, chicken and rice. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  • Cook until the rice is softened. Remove the cooked chicken breast, shred into bite size pieces on a cutting board, and add it back to the pot.
  • Turn off the burner and add lemon juice and coconut milk. Do not allow it to boil or the coconut milk may curdle.
  • Salt the soup to taste, garnish with chives and serve immediately.

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  1. I’ve been making Mulligatawny soup for years, love it, so good. If you are looking to add a little something to kick it up a notch, try adding .5-1 lb of ground/chopped Hot Italian sausage…I can’t NOT add it now.

  2. I cannot wait to make this soup! I clearly remember the episode and always wondered… We have rain in the forecast for this weekend so I am putting it on my menu. Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Gwen! Mulligatawny soup will be perfect on a rainy day. Let me know how you like it!

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