Turkish Yogurt Soup with Chicken, Chickpeas and Rice
- SERVINGS: 4
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup basmati rice
- 4 cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
- 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 cup full-fat plain yogurt
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- One 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped mint
- Lemon wedges, for serving
- Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the rice, cover and cook over low heat until barely tender, about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring the stock to a simmer over moderately high heat. Add the chicken and simmer until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken to a plate. Skim any fat from the surface of the stock.
- In a large saucepan, whisk the yogurt with the egg yolk and flour. Whisk in the stock and bring to a simmer over low heat, whisking occasionally. Stir in the chickpeas, rice and reserved chicken. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm over low heat.
- Melt the butter in a small skillet. Add the garlic, paprika and cayenne and cook over moderate heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Ladle the soup into bowls and swirl in the garlic butter. Sprinkle with the mint and serve with lemon wedges.
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