Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr
This is a zesty North African soup. The chicken can be served in the soup or reserved for other uses. If you'd like a leaner soup, omit the oil. Instead of sauteing the onion and chicken, simply add them to the water and continue cooking the soup as below.
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 1⁄4 kg chicken pieces (legs, thighs or wings)
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 8 cups water
- 250 -300 g ripe tomatoes or 1 (400 g) can tomatoes, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1⁄4 teaspoon turmeric
- 2 pale green squash or 2 zucchini, diced
- 1⁄2-3⁄4 cup long-grain rice or 1⁄2-3⁄4 cup basmati rice
- 1⁄3 cup chopped parsley or 1⁄3 cup coriander
- cayenne pepper
- Heat oil in a large, heavy soup pot or stew pan.
- Add onion and saute over medium heat until golden.
- Add chicken, sprinkle with salt and pepper and saute 7 minutes.
- Add water, tomatoes, garlic, paprika and turmeric and and bring to a simmer.
- Skim foam from surface.
- Cover and simmer 45 minutes, skimming fat occasionally.
- Add squash and cook for 10 minutes or until zucchini and chicken are tender.
- In a separate saucepan, bring 4 cups water to a boil and add salt.
- Add rice and cook uncovered over medium-high heat for 15 minutes or until just tender.
- Drain well.
- Rinse with cold water if cooking it ahead, and drain well.
When DIL #2 arrived for the holidays with a very bad cold, I cooked her a big pot of your fantastic Chicken Vegetable Soup with Cumin and Dill. A week later, when I started sniffling and sneezing, I was attracted by the tomatoes and seasonings in this soup. What a delicious, soothing and heart warming soup! The only thing I changed was to sub celery for the squash. The paprika and tumeric add a subtle yet enhancing flavor. Thanks Mirjam - you are truly my soup maven !
This soup was great. I accidentally added way too much tomato but it still turned out really well. I did change the recipe a little (I am totally incapable of following a recipe as written). I added celery, used acorn squash instead of zucchini, and added some cumin, and chili peppers. Thanks!
I love this soup! The flavors are just right. I may have added a little bit more garlic, and did add one celery rib. I also took a shortcut by using homemade chicken broth and boneless chicken breast, so instead of cooking the chicken for a long time, I added it nearly last, and cooked the vegetables in stock first. To my surprise, I even found zucchini, which is fairly rare in Tokyo. I used cilantro rather than parsley, though I like both, and am sure either would be good. Thank you for posting this recipe.