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Need a break from Harira? Chicken soup is the way to go

Written by FDM

Soups are the perfect starters for Ramadan’s Iftar evening meals. Moroccans are known for breaking their fast with a bowl of warm Harira/soup with a couple of dates and Chabakia.

For those who have leftover chicken and breast meat, chicken soup is the way to go. It can also serve as a perfect alternative for Harira without breaking away from the warm and oriental flavor.


• 1 pound of chicken pieces

• 2 medium onions – grated

• 1/3 cup of vermicelli

• 1/3 cup of canned chickpeas (if using dried chickpeas they have to be soaked in water overnight)

• 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

• 1 tablespoon of smen (ghee) – or substitute with butter

• 1 large pinch of cinnamon

• Salt and pepper to taste

• 2 egg yolks

• 2 tablespoons of finely chopped parsley

• 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

• 1.5 litres of water (6 cups)


1. In your cooking pot, add the oil, smen, chicken, onions, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Cover your pan and cook on the chicken on medium heat for 5-10 minutes.

2. After 5-10 minutes, add 1 litre (4 cups) of water to the chicken. Cover you pan and let the chicken cook on high heat until done – which will take around 30 minutes.

3. Once the chicken is cooked, add 1/2 litre (2 cups) of water, the vermicelli, and the canned chickpeas to the chicken. Cover your pan and let all the ingredients cook for another 5 minutes.
Note: if using dried chickpeas (soaked in water overnight) you have to add them in step 2 with the chicken.

4. Add 1/3 cup of the soup to the egg yolks and beat the mixture with the parsley and the lemon juice.