Turkish Yogurt Soup with Chicken, Chickpeas and Rice


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Turkish Yogurt Soup with Chicken, Chickpeas and Rice
Photo: © Wendell T. Webber


  • 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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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