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Horizontal image of a white bowl with a thick orange vegetable and meat stew next to spoons, assorted vegetables and fruits, and another bowl of stew.

Healthy Chicken and Veggie Mulligatawny Stew

  • Author: Lorna Kring
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Healthy and comforting mulligatawny stew is an aromatic recipe with a dynamic mix of chicken, fresh fruits and veggies, and spices.


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, chopped in bite-sized cubes
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple, chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 1/4 cup red lentils
  • 1/4 cup split peas
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 15-ounce can coconut milk
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup plain non-fat yogurt
  • Carrot leaves or cilantro, for garnish


  1. Heat the oil in a large soup pot on medium-high heat. Add the chicken. Cook and flip until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the celery, carrots, onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Saute for 2 minutes until browned, stirring frequently.
  3. Add all of the spices. Stir to combine, and saute for another 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the apples, tomatoes, rice, lentils, and split peas.
  5. Pour the chicken stock into the pot. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Stir in the coconut milk. Cover and continue simmering another 15 minutes, or until the stew has thickened significantly. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Ladle into bowls, garnish with a dollop of yogurt and carrot leaves or cilantro, and serve.
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: English/Indian

Keywords: English cuisine, Indian cuisine, stew, soup, mulligatawny, chicken, curry, comfort food