Sunday, December 26, 2010

Moroccan chicken, carrot and chickpea soup


The Lebanese Recipes Kitchen (The home of delicious Lebanese Recipes and Middle Eastern food recipes) invites you to try Moroccan chicken, carrot and chickpea soup Recipe. Enjoy the Moroccan Cuisine and learn how to make Moroccan chicken, carrot and chickpea soup.

Pot luck? Not so here - this is guaranteed to thrill, warm and delight!

Ingredients (serves 6)

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium brown onion, finely chopped
1 medium red capsicum, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, trimmed, finely chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled, chopped
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 dried bay leaf
1.6kg whole chicken
1/2 cup pearl barley
2 x 400g cans chickpeas, drained, rinsed
Fresh coriander leaves and harissa (see note), to serve

Method

1. Heat oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan or stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onion, capsicum, celery and carrot. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until onion has softened. Add coriander, cumin and bay leaf. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant.

2. Rinse chicken under cold water. Pat dry with paper towel. Trim excess fat. Add barley, chicken (breast-side down) and 8 cups cold water to pan. Cover. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered, for 1 hour or until chicken is cooked through. Remove pan from heat. Stand, covered, for 30 minutes. Transfer chicken to a bowl. Cool for 20 minutes. Remove and discard skin and bones. Shred chicken.

3. Return pan to heat. Skim surface. Cover. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add shredded chicken and chickpeas. Simmer for 5 minutes or until heated through. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with coriander leaves and harissa.

Notes
Harissa is a hot North African pepper paste. You could use chilli sauce instead.
You can make Moroccan chicken soup 1 day ahead. Make up to end of step 2. Refrigerate overnight. Skim fat from surface. Continue recipe.
 
Source
Super Food Ideas - July 2010, Page 40
Recipe by Kirrily La Rosa

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