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The Power of Soup: Iraqi Chicken Shorba


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Iraqi Chicken Shorba

5 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced
6 tomatoes, diced
10 cardamom pods, gently crushed
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon allspice
2 large chicken breasts with bones
8 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 medium potatoes, diced
6 tablespoons tomato paste
2 cups of jasmine rice, rinsed and soaked for one hour
8 cups water
Sea Salt
Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Fry onions in olive oil over medium heat, until they are transparent.

  2. Add tomatoes and spices and sauté for 3 minutes.

  3. Add chicken breasts and sauté for 5 minutes.

  4. Add garlic, potatoes and tomato paste and sauté for 5 minutes.

  5. Add rice and water, stir well and bring to a boil.

  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  7. Reduce heat, cover tightly and let simmer for 45 minutes.

  8. Shred chicken and serve in the soup.