Chicken Vegetable Soup with Dill and Cumin

Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

This soup has a flavor combination that is very popular in the Middle East. This is based on a Faye Levy recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put chicken pieces in a large stew pan or soup pot.
  2. Leave the onion whole for easy removal or cut it in large dice if you want to eat it in the soup.
  3. If you like, tie the thyme sprigs, parsley stems and bay leaves together with kitchen twine or wrap them in cheesecloth for easy removal.
  4. Peel potatoes and add to pan.
  5. Add onion, carrots, celery, thyme, parsley stems and bay leaves.
  6. Pour in enough water to cover the ingredients by a couple of centimeters and add salt.
  7. Bring to a boil.
  8. With a large spoon, remove the foam that collects on top.
  9. Cover and cook over low heat for 45 mins.
  10. ,occasionally skimming off the foam and fat that collects.
  11. Add squash, mushrooms, garlic, cumin and pepper and bring to a simmer.
  12. Cover and cook over low heat for 15 minsutes or until chicken and vegetables are tender and soup is well flavored.
  13. Remove herb bundle or loose herbs.
  14. Cook noodles in a large pan of boiling salted water about 7 minutes or until just tender.
  15. Drain well.
  16. Keep the noodles in a separate container if you plan to reheat the soup; otherwise they soften too much as they sit in the soup.
  17. Before serving the soup, thoroughly skim the fat from the broth.
  18. The cooler the broth is, the easier this will be.
  19. The simplest way is to refrigerate the soup so the fat solidifies on top and can be easily removed.
  20. Otherwise, skim the fat from the soup's surface several times with a large spoon.
  21. Remove chicken pieces and discard their skin.
  22. Leave pieces whole or pull or cut meat from bones; return chicken to soup.
  23. For a lighter dish, you can reserve part of the meat for other uses.
  24. Reheat soup if necessary.
  25. If noodles are cold, bring them to room temperature or reheat them in a covered dish in the microwave.
  26. Add dill and chopped parsley to soup.
  27. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  28. Serve the soup in fairly shallow bowls.
  29. Add noodles to each bowl when serving.
Most Helpful

I have never used a recipe to make chicken soup until I saw Mirjam's. I was intrigued by the idea of using cumin and dill. So, now I know - if you want to make sensational chicken soup - ask a Jewish mother! The dill and cumin added layers of flavor that accented and complemented the other ingredients. I would change nothing and I expect the leftovers will be even better, DH has already set aside a bowl for breakfast! Thanks Mirj, this is a treasure.

Lorac September 23, 2002

Extraordinary tasting soup from the easiest-to-procure ingredients !!! This was such a surprise considering there are no expensive nor extraordinary ingredients in the list. We would have given it 10 stars if we could. We followed the recipe to the letter - including when to add some herbs. The soup serves 6 or more. We chose pale green squash over zucchini. We thought 2 teaspoons of cumin would taste strong, but it didnt. It just had a very unique, extraordinary taste. We loved this soup very, very much. Thank you Mirj.... sorry we couldnt give you 10 stars for this..... we will check out more of Mirj´s recipe due to this wonderful soup.

Polar Bear October 19, 2004