I used jackfruit for this recipe but feel free to use seitan, soy curls, vegan chicken or chickpeas. If you want to use vegan chicken with texture extremely close to regular chicken, I highly recommend The Tofurkey Company.
I packed this baby with vegetables and I highly recommend doing so! The star of the show is the sweet potato. I used white sweet potato so you can’t really see it in the photos but the flavor it adds is insane. It creates a wonderful balance with all the savory goodness and spices! The zucchini is optional but so delicious.
TRUST ME on this one! Red lentils will make the creamiest texture because unlike green lentils they fully dissolve making the soup extra creamy. Also… the protein?! These lentils are the reason there is so much protein in one bowl!
Everyone has a different spice tolerance but I would say this has a mild kick to it. If you are very sensitive to spice I recommend you substitute the jalapeño for half a green bell pepper. DO NOT leave the chipotle adobo sauce out! It provides so much flavor. Speaking of the adobo sauce, check out the photo below for my favorite. Scoop out the adobo sauce in the can and avoid the chili peppers.. unless you want to add them.