Chicken-Orrichetti Soup with Cilantro and Lemon Recipe

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Categories: Chicken, Italian, Low-Sodium Recipes, Poultry, Soup

Submitted By: Rosemary from 168 Ardmore Road.

Chicken-Orrichetti Soup with Cilantro and Lemon Notes

I love to cook and have been collecting and trying recipes for years especially ones that use spices (that is why I am a frequent customer of The Spice House). This is one of my favorite soup recipes. The ingredient list may seem long but it is easy to make, and the end result is delicious.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 cups onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 plum tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 8 ounces orrichetti pasta, cooked
  • 3 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • to taste, salt and freshly ground black pepper
Serves / Yields

6 servings

Preparation Instructions

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large pot. Add chicken and fry until just cooked through. Remove from pot and cool.

Add onions, sliced tomatoes, lemongrass, coriander, cumin and fennel seeds to the pot. Saute 2 minutes until fragrant.

Add broth and cilantro. Simmer 20 minutes to blend flavors.

Strain into another pot and discard seasonings.

Slice chicken into strips or shred coarsely. Add to broth with pasta, diced tomatoes and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer until warmed through.

Helpful Hints

Serve garnished with a thin slice of lemon floating on top.

For a low sodium soup, use salt-free chicken broth.

Quick Shopping List

Coriander Seeds, Moroccan, Whole Or Ground
Whole Seeds, in a glass jar
1/2 cup shaker jar, net wt. 1.5 oz.
Indian Cumin Seed, Whole Or Ground
Whole Seeds, in a glass jar
1/2 cup shaker jar, net wt. 2 oz.
Fennel Seeds, Whole Or Ground
Whole, in a glass shaker jar
1/2 cup shaker jar, net wt. 1.75 oz.

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Bernadette M. Said:

I would make it again but with several revisions...when I try a new recipe I tend to be a "pureist" and following directions to the letter of the law. In this case, I could have saved myself alot of time...throw the onions into a mini processor to chop, same with the tomatoes and lemon grass...doesn't matter in the first step if they are sliced or diced...the orrichetti pasta has to cook alot longer than 11-13 mins. as the box said...more like 20 mins. a little less lemon juice...thought the 1/2 cup a little strong...disappointed to be throwing out all the onions and cilantro and tomatoes from the original brew but in order to disgard all the "seeds" you pretty much had to do that...otherwise it is a very good soup

Make it Again? Bernadette M. would make this recipe again.