Moroccan Harira Soup with Chicken


Warm your soul with the hearty goodness of Moroccan Harira Soup with Chicken. This rich and nourishing soup is a staple in Moroccan cuisine, known for its deep flavors from tender chicken, robust tomatoes, lentils, and chickpeas, all infused with aromatic spices. Perfect for a cozy evening, this soup is not just a meal but an experience of comfort and tradition.

Moroccan Harira Soup with Chicken

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 1 bowl (about 250ml)

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 250 kcal
  • Protein: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fat: 6g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 400mg


  • Chicken breast, cubed: 500g (1.1 pounds or 17.6 ounces)
  • Olive oil: 15ml (1 tablespoon)
  • Onion, finely chopped: 100g (3.5 ounces)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 2 (about 10g)
  • Ground cumin: 5g (1 teaspoon)
  • Ground cinnamon: 2g (½ teaspoon)
  • Ground turmeric: 2g (½ teaspoon)
  • Fresh tomatoes, pureed: 400g (14 ounces)
  • Chicken stock: 1 liter (about 4 cups)
  • Lentils, rinsed: 100g (3.5 ounces)
  • Chickpeas, cooked: 150g (5.3 ounces)
  • Fresh coriander, chopped: 30g (1 ounce)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped: 30g (1 ounce)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Sauté Aromatics: In a large pot, heat olive oil. Add onion and garlic, sauté until translucent.
  2. Add Spices: Stir in cumin, cinnamon, and turmeric. Cook for a minute until fragrant.
  3. Cook Chicken: Add chicken cubes and cook until they turn white.
  4. Add Tomatoes and Stock: Pour in pureed tomatoes and chicken stock. Bring to a boil.
  5. Add Lentils and Chickpeas: Add lentils and chickpeas. Simmer on low heat for about 1 hour.
  6. Season and Garnish: Season with salt and pepper. Stir in chopped coriander and parsley.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Slow Simmer: Allow the soup to simmer slowly to develop the flavors.
  • Fresh Herbs: Use fresh herbs for a vibrant flavor and aroma.
  • Adjust Thickness: Add more stock or water if the soup is too thick.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use canned tomatoes? 

Yes, canned tomatoes can be a good substitute for fresh.

Can I make this vegetarian? 

Omit the chicken and use vegetable stock for a vegetarian version.

How long can I store the soup? 

Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for longer storage.