Turkish Chicken Soup (Tavuk Çorbası)


Immerse yourself in the comforting warmth of Tavuk Çorbası, a classic Turkish Chicken Soup known for its soothing and heartwarming qualities. This simple yet flavorful soup, made with tender chicken and a delicate broth, is a staple in Turkish cuisine. It's perfect for cold evenings or as a nourishing remedy when you're feeling under the weather.

Turkish Chicken Soup (Tavuk Çorbası)

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 bowl

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 150 kcal
  • Protein: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Fat: 6g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 420mg


  • Chicken breast: 400g (14 ounces)
  • Onion, quartered: 1 medium
  • Carrot, chopped: 1 medium
  • Celery stalk, chopped: 1
  • Bay leaves: 2
  • Black peppercorns: 5
  • Chicken broth: 1.5 liters (about 6 cups)
  • Orzo or rice: 50g (2 ounces)
  • Lemon juice: 30ml (2 tablespoons)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped for garnish

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Cook Chicken and Vegetables: In a large pot, combine chicken, onion, carrot, celery, bay leaves, peppercorns, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 45 minutes.
  2. Remove and Shred Chicken: Take the chicken out, shred it, and set aside.
  3. Strain Broth: Strain the broth and return it to the pot. Discard the vegetables.
  4. Add Orzo or Rice: Bring the broth to a boil and add orzo or rice. Cook until tender.
  5. Combine: Return the shredded chicken to the pot. Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  6. Serve: Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Simmer Slowly: Gently simmer the soup to develop flavors and keep the chicken tender.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: Use fresh lemon juice for a bright and refreshing taste.
  • Adjust Consistency: If the soup is too thick, add more broth or water.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use a different type of pasta? 

Yes, any small pasta works well in this soup.

How to store leftovers? 

Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Can I make it vegetarian? 

Skip the chicken and use vegetable broth for a vegetarian version.