Curried Thai Sweet Potato and Chicken Soup

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The following is an excerpt from the book The Serotonin Power Diet
by Judith J. Wurtman, PhD, and Nina Frusztajer Marquis, MD
Published by Rodale; January 2007; 1-59486-346-6
Copyright © 2006 by Judith J. Wurtman and Nina Frusztajer Marquis

Curried Thai Sweet Potato and Chicken Soup

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Look for fat-free coconut milk and curry powder in the ethnic-foods section of your supermarket. Cilantro can be found in the herbs section of the produce department.


  • 8-12 Women: 8 ounces/Men: 12 ounces sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2' chunks
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth low-sodium
  • 1 teaspoon canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 1 1 piece ginger fresh, peeled and minced (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons Thai curry powder
  • 4 tablespoons coconut milk canned fat-free unsweetened
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • chicken breast Cooked, shredded - Women: 2 ounces/Men: 4 ounces
  • black pepper Ground
  • 1 sprig fresh cilantro or 1 teaspoon dried coriander


  • In a large soup pot over medium heat, simmer the sweet potatoes in the broth for 15 minutes until tender.
  • Heat the oil in a skillet over low-medium heat and saute the onion and ginger (if desired) until soft, about 4 minutes. Stir in the curry powder.
  • Add the curry-onion mixture to the sweet potatoes and broth in the soup pot.
  • Add the coconut milk, lemon juice, and chicken and heat until the soup is just about to boil, approximately 2 minutes.
  • Season with pepper to taste.
  • Pour the soup into a bowl and garnish with cilantro.


Do not use canned sweet potatoes in syrup. To save time, try frozen skinned sweet potatoes instead. Serve with steamed spinach.
Per serving (women): 435 calories, 20 g protein, 76 g carbohydrates, 6 g total fat, 10 g dietary fiber, 259 mg sodium
Per serving (men): 699 calories, 52 g protein, 104 g carbohydrates, 8 g total fat, 14 g dietary fiber, 370 mg sodium
Reprinted from: The Serotonin Power Diet: Use Your Brain's Natural Chemistry to Cut Cravings, Curb Emotional Overeating, and Lose Weight by Judith J. Wurtman and Nina Frusztajer Marquis © 2006 Judith J. Wurtman and Nina Frusztajer Marquis.
Permission granted by Rodale, Inc., Emmaus, PA 18098. Available wherever books are sold or directly from the publisher by calling at (800) 848-4735.
"Make no mistake, the brain controls behavior. Now, finally, there is a guide to dietary behavior that can help control the brain. The Serotonin Power Diet is the answer to weight control and managing your mood while you do it. I have already started to restructure my own diet following the advice of these professionals I know I can trust." --Paul A. Spiers, PhD, clinical neuropsychologist, assistant professor, Boston University School of Medicine, visiting scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD, has been recognized worldwide for decades of pioneering research into the relationship of food, mood, brain, and appetite. Dr. Wurtman received her PhD in cell biology from MIT and took additional training as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in nutrition/obesity. The author of five books for the general public, she has written more than 40 peer-reviewed articles for professional publications.
Nina Frusztajer Marquis, MD, received her master's degree in nutrition from Columbia University and her medical degree from George Washington University. Her articles on weight, stress, and lifestyle have appeared in numerous publications. With Judith Wurtman, she founded the Adara Weight Loss Centers in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives, and in Boston, where Dr. Wurtman resides.
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