• Serves 4
  • Makes 4
  • 1 hours
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 17 Ingredients
May 24, 2021


This Dilmah Chicken Soup With Cinnamon, Tumeric, Ginger and Nutmeg is a soup for all seasons!

Light and fresh enough to serve on a Summer evening and robust enough in the flavour stakes (with all that Cinnamon, Tumeric, Ginger and Nutmeg) to warm a soul on a cold Winter’s night.

We are absolutely in love with the idea of infusing so many flavours into this recipe by way of Dilmah tea!  And because the flavours are all neatly stored inside the tea bags, the broth remains beautifully cleared and yet packed with flavour.

The recipe for Dilmah Chicken Soup With Cinnamon, Tumeric, Ginger and Nutmeg is simple yet so flavoursome.

The Tea Bags used in this recipe are Dilmah Rooibos Cinnamon, Tumeric, Ginger and Nutmeg Tea Bags. In the tasting notes from Dilmah, we discover that they deliver an enticing aroma and a dark amber liquor lead to a complex infusion, with herb and caramel notes yielding to mild pepper, spice and a gingery finish.

Look for them at Coles, IGA or Online at Dilmah.



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Ingredients (serves 4 | makes 4 Bowls)

  • 1.25kg Fresh Free-range Chicken, quartered
  • 12 Dilmah Cinnamon, Tumeric, Ginger and Nutmeg Tea Bags, tags removed
  • 2 stalks Fresh Lemongrass, bruised and tied in a knot
  • 6 Kaffir Lime Leaves
  • 1tsp Salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp Black Peppercorns
  • 1.5 tsps Coriander Seeds
  • 2 tsps Cumin Seeds
  • 5 Shallots, peeled and halved
  • 3 tbsps Peanut Oil
  • 150g Vermicelli Noodles
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
  • 4 Choko, peeled and diced
  • 2 handfuls Chopped Greens such as Kale, Celery Leaves, Mint, Thai Basil and Coriander Leaves
  • 2 Shallots, thinly sliced and fried in vegetable oil until brown (optional for garnish)
  • 4 Lime cheeks
  • Chilli Paste (Sambal) for serving


  1. Cut the chicken into quarters and then separate the breasts and the legs from the bones. Set the breasts and legs aside.
  2. Place the chicken bones with the lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, salt and enough water to cover them in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for a further 30 minutes, skimming occasionally to get a clear broth.
  3. Strain the liquid through a fine sieve into a clean saucepan, add the halved shallots and the tea bags and return to the stove and bring back to a simmer.
  4. Add the chicken breasts and the legs to the stock. Bring back to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes then remove the tea bags.
  5. Gently toast the peppercorns, coriander seeds and cumin seeds in a frying pan.
  6. Add the choko to the broth and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove the chicken and the choko from the stock. Remove the skin on the chicken and slice breasts into 1cm thick slices.
  7. Cook the Vermicelli noodles according to instructions.
  8. Turn off the heat under the soup and stir in the fresh lime juice. Taste to see if more salt is required.
  9. To serve, divide the chicken, vermicelli noodles, choko and greens between 4 wide soup bowls and then spoon over the chicken broth.
  10. Serve with a lime cheek and chilli sambal at the table.

  • What a clever and amazing idea with the tea bags. I’m definitely going to look out for this one this week at Coles.


  • This looks good thanks for sharing


  • I think I need to make this today, I’ve got the sniffles


  • I would give it a go, looks delicious and warming.


  • It looks delicious but I’m going to miss out on this one because of the citrus in it


  • Another great idea with tea- I love it!


  • Sounds like a wonderful dish to try for winter.


  • Wow this is so interesting never thought of using tea as Stock might have to give it a go thanks


  • I think the combination of ingredients will mean this soup will be great when you are feeling sick and have a cold.


  • There seem to be a lot of Dilmah recipes recently! Such a clever idea of using the tea bags for the stock!


  • Delicious! Light yet warming too!


  • This looks so good for winter.


  • Yum! Definitely one for me, I’m a massive chicken lover!


  • Interesting recipe. May have to try to see what it tastes like.


  • Sounds interesting. I’ve never used tea bags in a receipe before, only ever for tea!


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