Photo: Sang An; Styling: Philippa Brathwaite
Hands-on Time
40 Mins
Total Time
48 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

In this chicken and butternut squash soup, sugary butternut squash and meaty chicken thighs remind us how well sweet and savory flavors play together in Moroccan cuisine.

How to Make It

Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion, and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chicken; cook for 4 minutes, browning on all sides. Add cumin, cinnamon, and pepper to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add butternut squash and tomato paste; cook 1 minute. Stir in Chicken Stock, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 8 minutes. Stir in couscous, salt, and zucchini; cook 5 minutes or until squash is tender. Remove pan from heat. Stir in chopped basil and orange rind.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

suzannablu's Review

January 03, 2014
We love this soup, and have made it several times. Instead of chicken, we almost always use a large can of chickpeas (or a bag of dry chickpeas if I remember to cook them ahead of time). It's a great, warming, easy-to-prepare weeknight meal.

Yummy fall soup

October 13, 2015
So delicious! It made our whole house smell amazing. Such a nice, hearty fall dinner. The couscous adds some really nice body to it. Next time I will probably let it cook a little longer at the end so that the squash and zucchini are more tender. We loved the orange taste, although going lighter on the rinds might bring out some of the other flavors more. Highly recommended! 

karenvan13's Review

November 13, 2014

BeccahRN's Review

November 26, 2013
We just made this last week (and made it as written) and it was DELICIOUS! We will definitely make it again.

omahasays's Review

November 04, 2013
This soup had fantastic flavor ! I agree with the other reviews, go a a little light with the orange rind. I used chicken breast and skipped the couscous because I didn't have any chicken thighs or couscous and the recipe still turned out great. I'm actually planning on making for a second time tonight

careyleep's Review

November 03, 2013

Emilycg's Review

March 01, 2013
Tastes just like something I would have gotten in Morocco. Brought back so many memories!! Great soup!

MrsDay2010's Review

February 24, 2013
Easy weeknight meal. My 14 month old liked it as well as mom and dad. I served his over additional cous cous to make it easier to eat.

MintyS's Review

January 12, 2013

Jazzy1's Review

November 08, 2012
This soup is yummy. The flavors are wonderful. It makes a great lunch along with a tossed salad. I didn't use as much orange zest as called for in the recipe. I used about half, and it was plenty of orange aroma for me. Will definitely make again.