Friday, October 12, 2012

Mom's Chicken Soup - Tavuklu Şehriye Çorbası

Chicken Soup - Tavuklu Şehriye Çorbası
Oh, the comfort of mom's chicken soup on a cold day! Whether it is a cold day, or you  have a cold, or even when you just don't feel good, I believe chicken soup has a way of soothing your senses...

This version made with orzo, a form of pasta shaped like a large grain of rice. Kids of all ages love it. Try it!

  • 1 small chicken, boiled
  • 4 cups chicken broth (home made by boiling the chicken)
  • 1 medium tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 heaping teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup orzo (rice shaped pasta)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tea spoon butter (optional)
  • A few wedges of lemon (optional)
In a large pot, boil chicken with plenty of water and a dash of salt. I use smallest organic chicken I can find. Smaller the chicken, more tenter the meat. After it starts to boil, foam will form on top of the broth. Remove the foam, discard it. Boil the chicken until it is fully cooked and the meat comes out easily when you insert a fork into it. Remove the chicken and set it aside to cool.

Using a strainer, take 4 cups of the boiling chicken broth and put it in a pot. Add tomatoes, orzo, butter(optional) and salt and peper to the boiling broth. Cook over low to medium heat until orzo is tender, about 10 minutes. Set aside.

Remove skin and bones from the chicken. Take desired amount of meat. Cut it into small pieces and add the chicken to the soup. Gently mix with a spoon. Some like it with a touch of lemon juice, so, serve hot with a wedge of lemon (optional) on the side.

Afiyet Olsun! Bon Appetit 
Orzo- rice shaped pasta

Chopped tomatoes and tomato paste

Chicken soup cooking

Boiled chicken cut into small pieces

Chicken added to the soup

Afiyet Olsun! Bon Appetit!

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