Turkish Chicken and Rice Soup

Turkish Chicken And Rice Soup

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Carolyn Haas


My daughter gave me a cookbook for Christmas called "Soup for Syria". This recipe, by Nur Ilkin and Sheila Kaufman is taken from that book. A Turkish quote from the book: "As we say in Turkey, a bowl of hot soup offered goes a long way in the minds and hearts of people." *Note- red pepper paste can be found in Mediterranean or middle eastern supermarkets. This is not the Korean variety.


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15 Min
1 Hr 10 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 1/2 lb
    chicken legs
  • 1 medium
    onion, halved
  • 1 small
    carrot, peeled and halved
  • 3 sprig(s)
    flat-leafed parsley, tied together
  • 1
    bay leaf
  • 6
    peppercorns, whole black
  • ·
    sea salt, to taste
  • 1/2 c
    medium grained rice
  • 2 Tbsp
    canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    tomato paste
  • 1 tsp
    red pepper paste*
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    mint, dried
  • 1/2 c
    chickpeas, canned or cooked
  • ·
    lemon wedges for garnish

How to Make Turkish Chicken and Rice Soup


  1. In a large pot, bring 5 cups water to boil. Add chicken, onion, carrot, parsley, bay leaf, peppercorns and salt to taste. Reduce heat, cover, simmer until chicken is tender - about 45 minutes.
  2. Remove chicken and let cool. Remove skin and bones and tear into bite-sized pieces. Strain and reserve cooking liquid.
  3. In a medium pot, boil 1 cup water. Add rice, and cook according to package directions. Add 4 cups of reserved chicken stock (add water to measure 4 cups) and the chicken. Cook for an additional 4 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat oil and butter in small fry pan. Stir in tomato and red pepper pastes, flour and mint. Mix well, pour over soup, stirring it in. Add chickpeas and cook until warmed through. Serve with lemon wedges.

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About Turkish Chicken and Rice Soup

Course/Dish: Chicken Soups
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Middle Eastern

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