Simple Provisions

Get Well Soon Food

Being in hospital is no fun. But coming home can also be a (literal) pain. Especially when you’re away from family. My friend and fellow ex-pat is coming home from hospital tomorrow and I’m the Responsible Adult picking her up. I take this role very seriously, and have prepared a little care package for her first night back home. Unexpected food gifts are always received with delight, which makes cooking them even more special.

The key ingredients for a spectacular (or at least comfortable) recovery are:

This chicken soup recipe is a good one. It’s really chickeny, naturally, but it also has a warmth and depth of flavour thanks to the cumin, coriander seed and cinnamon. The chickpeas stand in for the more traditional noodles, and give a very satisfying bite to the soup.

Chicken and Chickpea Soup

(Adapted from Everyday Food Magazine, 2009)


  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 large brown onion, diced
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into rounds
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (400g) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped parsley


  1. In a large soup pot or dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high. Season chicken and cook till light brown on both sides.
  2. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from pot. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 4 minutes. Add 2 teaspoons garlic and spices; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in carrots and return chicken to pot. Stir in broth.
  3. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a medium simmer, partially cover, and cook for about 30 minutes.
  4. Remove chicken from soup. Shred chicken with two forks. Return meat to pot. Add chickpeas and season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. In a small bowl, stir together 1 teaspoon garlic, lemon zest, and parsley; sprinkle over soup before serving.