Chicken-Orrichetti Soup with Cilantro and Lemon

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.

Yield: 6 servings

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Chicken-Orrichetti Soup with Cilantro and Lemon Recipe

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.

Yield: 6 servings
Helpful Hints

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

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


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1 Comment

Bernadette M

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