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Homey Lebanese Chicken Soup

August 23, 2016

Who doesn’t love a delicious, warm, fragrant chicken soup on any day?! It was my first time trying out my grandma’s chicken soup recipe, and i must admit i nailed it 🙂

Got an entire organic chicken, deboned it (probably not the correct way, you can watch the video here), made chicken stock, and chicken soup! Feeling super accomplished right now hahaha

Here’s my grandma’s recipe, tweaked with Maureen Abood’s  and my little touch 🙂


One 2kg chicken, cut into parts, with no bones
1 large onion, peeled and quartered
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped in 5cm pieces
1 celery stalk, chopped in 5cm pieces
2 cinnamon sticks
6 whole white peppercorns
1 tablespoon whole allspice berries
2 bay leaves
1 cup vermicelli noodles
Salt and pepper
Fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped



  1. In a large pot, place the chicken, onion, carrot, celery, cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, and bay leaves. Cover with cold water by 5cm. Bring just to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low (just hot enough to make slow, lazy bubbles). Skim the surface of the broth frequently with a spoon or skimming sieve frequently to remove all foam.
  2. Simmer the broth, uncovered, for about two hours. Remove the chicken and set aside until it is cool enough to handle. Pour the broth through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. Refrigerate the broth until the fat has solidified, a few hours or overnight if you want to remove all the fat from it.
  3. Remove the chicken from the bones and shred into 1- to 2-inch pieces. Skim the fat from the surface of the broth and heat to boiling in a saucepan. Add the chicken and vermicelli and cook until the pasta is tender, about 8 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper (it will take plenty, since the broth is made without any salt). Serve in bowls topped with the parsley. Makes 6-8 servings.

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You can also add pieces of ginger to give it that extra taste.

There you have it! You can serve it with some baguette, or toast, or just by itself!

My husband was feeling a bit under the weather so i made it for him and now he feels so much better! Just kidding, he doesn’t, but i’m sure this chicken soup will help fight his cold.

Pinch of Love,




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