Chicken Solyanka Soup


Embark on a culinary journey to the heart of Russia with Chicken Solyanka Soup, a rich and hearty dish teeming with flavors. This robust soup is a medley of tender chicken, tangy pickles, and a variety of vegetables, all simmered in a savory broth. Renowned for its distinctive taste, Chicken Solyanka is a celebrated staple in Russian cuisine, offering a unique and satisfying dining experience.

Chicken Solyanka Soup

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 1 bowl

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 210 kcal
  • Protein: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Sodium: 700mg


  • Chicken breast, cubed: 500g (1.1 pounds)
  • Onion, finely chopped: 1 large
  • Carrots, diced: 2 medium
  • Celery, diced: 2 stalks
  • Pickles, sliced: 100g (3.5 ounces)
  • Tomato paste: 30g (2 tablespoons)
  • Chicken broth: 1.5 liters (about 6 cups)
  • Black olives, pitted and sliced: 100g (3.5 ounces)
  • Capers: 15g (1 tablespoon)
  • Lemon, juice: 1
  • Sour cream, for serving
  • Fresh dill, chopped for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Cook Chicken: In a large pot, cook chicken in a bit of oil until browned. Remove and set aside.
  2. Sauté Vegetables: In the same pot, sauté onions, carrots, and celery until soft.
  3. Add Pickles and Tomato Paste: Stir in pickles and tomato paste, cooking for a few minutes.
  4. Combine Ingredients: Add cooked chicken, broth, olives, and capers. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 45 minutes.
  5. Finish with Lemon Juice: Add lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve: Garnish with fresh dill and a dollop of sour cream.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Balanced Flavors: Adjust the amount of pickles and lemon juice to balance the soup’s tanginess.
  • Simmer Gently: Let the soup simmer gently to develop the flavors.
  • Quality Ingredients: Use good quality broth for a richer taste.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use beef or pork? 

Yes, Solyanka can be made with different types of meat.

How to store leftovers? 

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Can I add more vegetables? 

Feel free to include potatoes or bell peppers for extra heartiness.